This morning, National Public Radio’s Renee Montagne interviewed Toronto Mayor David Miller on the arrest of 17 terrorist suspects, who, it has now been stated in court, plotted to behead the Prime Minister of Canada. It would be hard to say whether the interviewer or the interviewee was more at sea. We got the usual cliches about Islam as a religion of peace, but it went way beyond that. Ms. Montagne expressed bewilderment as to how anyone could be radicalized in Canada, where social services are so plentiful. Mayor Miller shared her incomprehension. These people really don’t understand that it is possible for political passion to be fueled by something other than a demand for more social spending. Then the Mayor tries to find an analogy to the terrorist plot…not on September 11, not in Madrid, Bali, Casablanca, Africa or London. Where? You can probably guess. And finally: the American interviewer sympathizes that Canadians must be shocked because “You thought you were better than this.” Read, better than us.
Here’s the clip:
Oh, there was one discordant note: when the impossibly liberal Mayor forgot, for a moment, that Muslims are Torontonians, too.