Another day, another incident of workplace violence. In this case, the workplace was a university chemistry lab, and the violence was fortuitously averted.
As part of their celebration of diversity, Western universities and technical schools welcome foreign students with open arms. The culture-enrichers are invited to attend our educational institutions, where they learn how to fly planes, build electronic devices, and concoct dangerous chemical compounds.
The University of Saskatchewan is just the latest such establishment to face the consequences of all this indiscriminate diversity. Vlad Tepes reports on an email sent out by university administrators to students and faculty concerning an unfortunate incident with a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%:
Wednesday’s precautionary sweep by hazmat officials, of an engineering chemistry lab, was prompted by a student who threatened the potential use of dangerous chemicals. This student was arrested after a search of his home revealed chemicals stolen from the university. He has been charged with theft and remains in police custody pending a court appearance today.
The student’s name is Mohamadmahdi Kowsari. A photograph is attached.
Out of concern for the safety of our community, the president has suspended this student and banned him from the University of Saskatchewan. Any sighting or knowledge of this student on campus property should be reported to Saskatoon Police Service or Protective Services immediately.
This incident is a reminder that our campus is home to many hazardous materials because of the nature of the work that we do. Day to day, these are handled under strict adherence to safety standards and procedures. We must continue this diligence in our handling of such materials and never hesitate to report concerns or unusual activity.
Visit Vlad’s place for the photo and more information.
If it weren’t for the name, recipients of this message might never have guessed that JIM was involved in the incident. It’s standard operating procedure not to release any information that might point to the role of Islamic ideology in an attempted terrorist attack. I’m surprised they even revealed the young man’s name.
If we lived in a sane world, such matters could be openly discussed. But we don’t live in a sane world.
It’s hard to calculate the disproportionate involvement of Islam in successful or attempted terrorist attacks, since the collecting of such statistics is deprecated (and often fudged). But let’s make a conservative estimate, and assume that 80% of planned or executed terrorist incidents are devised by Muslims. Then we’ll be generous, and assume that 4% of the North American population is Muslim. This means that Muslims are twenty times more likely to commit an act of terrorism than any other religious group.
It’s commonly asserted that “Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.” To disprove this fallacy, you don’t have to demonstrate that the terrorists are correct in their understanding of Islam. You don’t have to analyze their ideology or understand the way their minds work. All you have to do is look at the statistics.
The imbalance becomes even more lopsided if we use more realistic statistics — say, a 2% proportion of Muslims in the population, and a guess that 95% of terrorism is Islamic. Then Islamic ideology is fifty times more likely to be responsible for a given act of terror than anything else.
Assuming a finite supply of counterterrorism resources, a rational society would focus its intelligence efforts on those people most likely to commit acts of terrorism. 98% of investigatory costs could be saved if our officials concentrated their attention on people named Mohammed, Abdul, Ahmed, etc. What is their pattern of mosque attendance? What is preached in those mosques? What countries have they visited in the past five years? What kind of clothing do they wear?
I’m sure that our domestic intelligence agencies use such criteria in their investigations. But they are also required to surveil staunch Presbyterians named McClintock and observant Catholics named Kozlowski, otherwise their political masters will nip their careers in the bud.
We don’t live in a rational society, so further death, carnage, mayhem, and dismemberment will become all-too-familiar features of the years that lie ahead.
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