Friday, August 27, 2010

Keeper Cell

This has to be the most depressing aspect of the news of the Thwarted Canadian Bombing Attempt (WSJ-sub req):

People who know the three men who were arrested say Messrs. Ahmed and Sher are educated professionals, a profile common to many radical members of groups like al Qaeda in Western countries, says Martin Rudner, a professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, who specializes in intelligence and national security.

Mr. Sher is a pathologist at St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in southern Ontario, who moved with his wife and three daughters to London, Ontario, a month ago. Mr. Ahmed is a radiography technologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Mr. Sher is an avid hockey player who played in Montreal's Muslim Ball Hockey League, and has an award named after him for the most aggressive scorer, says Faisal Shahabuddin, 38, a friend who was captain of Mr. Sher's team. Mr. Shahabbuddin says he can't believe the charges are true.

Dude played hockey and still wanted to wage Jihad? Doesn't give you much hope that some sort of "clash of civilizations" isn't all but inevitable at some point.