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Will the West Question Itself After Canadian Success?

Dan Darling points to perhaps the best commentary on the recent Canadian counterterrorism operation, and it comes from a Pakistan Daily Times editorial.

It has been revealed that the explosive material was planted on the would-be terrorists as part of an elaborate sting operation by Canadian police. No matter. It is saddening that the Pakistanis were planning on using it for purposes of terrorism. A Bangladeshi angle has existed ever since the Afghan jihad and the training of Bangladeshi mujahideen in camps located in Afghanistan and on the Pak-Afghan border. On May 29, a Bangladeshi court sentenced two such trainees to death. The convicting tribunal ruled that “Bangla Bhai” and Abdur Rahman were responsible for killing two judges in a bombing in the south of the country in November last year. The two were also believed to have been the masterminds of a series of other attacks, including a coordinated terrorist attack in August last year in which 500 tiny bombs exploded almost simultaneously in 63 out of 64 districts of Bangladesh. The two were veterans of jihad with credentials from a Karachi seminary and were now “Talibanising” Bangladesh.

The term 'planted' is too strong a term based at least on information available. But that the editorial from a newspaper published in a clearly Muslim majority nation ruled under a military dictatorship calls it that and still concludes "No matter" is significantly important.

Dave Schuler, a blogger I personally respect, wonders if this is a case of entrapment by the Canadian authorities and asks, "Am I seeing distinctions and problems where none exist?" While Dave makes astute observations worthy of note, 'entrapment' - just as 'planted' - is too strong a term and misses the mark.

We are not talking about a 'John' being approached by an undercover officer posing as a prostitute. We are talking about Jihadists with something far different from 'Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.'

Reference again the Pakistani editorial that properly captures the distinction.

No matter. It is saddening that the Pakistanis were planning on using it for purposes of terrorism.

These were not men looking for a relatively harmless $20 'date'. Their hatred was noted on internet conversations and the extent of their will tested by intelligence agencies.

Quite simply, they failed the exam. There is little room for altruism in the War on Terror, for such altruistic approaches assumes that the Jihadists value the same. If they did, they would not plot to kill and maim Westerners in a global assault on our governments and belief systems.