Canada - Video - Vandals, protesters mar solemn Remembrance Day ceremonies.(Yahoo).Police are investigating the defacing of the Victory Peace Memorial, where someone wrote "Canada will burn praise Allah" as a hate crime, the National Post reported.
So far there are no suspects and the vandalism has been condemned by a leading Muslim organization.
"We call on witnesses to step forward to assist police in finding the perpetrators of this sacrilege," Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement reported in the Post.
"An act against a Canadian memorial site is an act against our shared history and an act against a sacred space."
This goof is likely more nihilist than Islamist, someone who sees no meaning or value in anything. He's quite happy to feed the chaos with a petty act of vandalism.
The protesters who chanted slogans during the two minutes of silence at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Toronto's Old City Hall are a different story.
According NewsTalk1010, the group opposed to Canada's mission in Afghanistan was joined by others, including remnants of the Occupy movement and people demanding better treatment for First Nations people.
Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington was furious about this act of disrespect during a solemn commemoration, saying the protesters were "spitting in the faces of Canada's 158 Afghanistan war dead and the thousands who fell in wars before them."
But unlike the Coronation Park vandal, at least this group had the guts to make their protest in public.
"I cannot, and will not, be silent in a ceremony used to glorify Canada's mission in Afghanistan, where many of my fellow Afghans were detained, tortured and killed because of the Canadian military," Surala Sahar, one of the demonstrators, said in an email to NewsTalk1010, according to Warmington.
She said she and her friend Lalia were protesting because "there is no honour" in Remembrance Day.
Warmington drew the obvious comparison that the two Afghan-Canadians likely would not have been able to mount such a protest in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
"But freedom of speech allows Suraia and Laila the freedom to be at this ceremony and entitles them to say whatever they want — with or without class, respect, accuracy or manners," he wrote.
The Coronation Park monument was quickly cleaned but the vandalism upset the son of a Second World War veteran.
"I think it's terrible to see them destroy what these veterans have done for us," George Murphy, whose father fought in Italy and France told the Toronto Sun. "It's like stepping on them. These people wanted to protect our lives. My father would be very upset over this."Tarek Fatah writes in the Toronto Sun: "Like most Muslim Canadians, I cringed at the implications of this act. How much more will the ordinary Canuck take before, as the Quebecois put it, they reach “le point de bascule.”
The reaction so far has been a numbed silence. The usual suspects screaming “Islamophobia” at any slight to Islam, were silent. No protest, not even a whimper. It was left to the lonely liberal voice of the Muslim Canadian Congress to denounce the act.
So addicted are Muslims to conspiracy theories that within an hour of the reported desecration, Suraia Sahar insinuated on Twitter the defacing was a “false flag” operation — meaning non-Muslims had defaced the memorial and made it appear to be the work of Muslims.
The far-fetched conspiracy theory could not be dismissed outright, except that the same Suraia Sahara had just a few hours earlier, disrupted the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, chanting slogans against the Canadian Forces.
Not only did the hijab-clad Sahar shout slogans in the midst of the two-minute silence being observed for the war dead, she and another Muslim student from York, Laila Rashidie opened up a banner condemning Canadian troops for killing Taliban terrorists in the 2006 Operation Medusa.
Twelve Canadian soldiers died in that battle. However, for these two young women who were either born in Canada or came here as children from Afghanistan, in the battle of Panjwaii some 30 kilometres west of Kandahar city, the enemy was not the Taliban — it was Canada.
The two may not have committed treason in the eyes of the law, but to the men and women of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group and the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment who fought valiantly in Operation Medusa, both Laila Rashidie and Suraia Sahar are fifth columnists.Read the full story here.