Via Little Green Footballs, an article in the Toronto Globe & Mail that describes the internet activity of the wives of some of those arrested in recent terror raids in Canada. It is a uniquely disturbing experience reading the newspaper's summary. It describes casual yet virulent hatred, unfathomable paranoia, and lust for violence, all mixed together with banal and mundane topics such as makeup. The story is based on excerpts of posts to a personal blogs and a web forum. Here are some excerpts:
"And i pray to Allah my sons follow his footsteps Ameeen [Amen]," she [Nada Farooq, wife of the suspected leader of the plots] writes at the on-line forum she founded for Muslim teens in Mississauga's Meadowvale area [near Toronto]. Her avatar -- an on-line symbol used to indicate personality -- is a picture of the Koran and a rifle.
"All muslim politicians are corrupt," [Nada Farooq] writes. "There's no one out there willing to rule the country by the laws of Allah, rather they fight to rule the country by the laws of democracy." She criticizes Muslims in places such as Dubai for spending money on elaborate buildings while Iraqis are being killed.
She then posts a photo of a rally held by Al-Fatiha, a Canadian support group for gay Muslims. "Look at these pathetic people," she writes. "They should all be sent to Saudi, where these sickos are executed or crushed by a wall, in public."
Ms. Farooq's hatred for the country is palpable. She hardly ever calls Canada by its name, rather repeatedly referring to it as "this filthy country." It's a sentiment shared by many of her friends, one of whom states that the laws of the country are irrelevant because they are not the laws of God.
In late April of 2004, a poster asks the forum members to share their impressions of what makes Canada unique. Nada's answer is straightforward.
"Who cares? We hate Canada."
In Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal's mind, every Muslim is another potential victim.
As a 44-year-old member of an on-line forum inhabited almost exclusively by teenagers, Ms. Jamal fits snugly into the role of maternal figure, and the advice she dispenses reflects her firm belief that the forces of evil are out to get every member of her adopted religion. She encourages Muslim youths to learn about herbal medicine and first aid lest they ever find themselves in a Muslim country under embargo, unable to receive proper medicine. Even in Canada, she says, one can never become complacent.
"You don't know that the Muslims in Canada will never be rounded up and put into internment camps like the Japanese were in WWII!" she writes in one 2004 post. This is a time when Muslims "are being systematically cleansed from the earth," she adds.
Ms. Farooq, a Pakistani, went to Canada from Saudi Arabia, where her family had previously lived. It appears she suffered from bullying:
But while her heart may be in the battlefields and holy cities, Nada Farooq finds herself physically in Canada, a country the Karachi-born teen moved to after spending her childhood in Saudi Arabia. Her name is properly pronounced "Needa," and when she came to Canada as a child, some of the kids at her school teased her by calling her "Needa Shower." She'd often come home in tears.
There are always among us those who have been broken by the rejection of the world around them. Some find themselves drawn into violent, cult-like groups that occasionally inflict themselves upon the rest of society. Ms. Farooq appears to be one such person. The Islam that surrounded her fed her alienation and paranoia and promised vicarious release through the violent exploits of murderers and gangsters thousands of miles away. In return for its comforts she offered up her entire person.
The most disturbing thing about this story is how the Islam Ms. Farooq discovered nurtured and rewarded as virtue what most of us would call a mental illness.
UPDATE: See also this report from Elder of Ziyon, on female Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli jails. One biography jumped out from its similarities to the Toronto women: "Valid originally tried to motivate her not to act such and claimed that as long as she wishes to die, it would be preferable to do it for something good. Valid indicated to Tahiti to establish contact with two Tanzim terrorists in Ramallah who will help her execute a suicide bombing."
Once again, an ill mind joins forces with an ill religion, and much horror and mayhem ensues.