Once again in the West, this time in Sweden, a suicide bombing failed in its planned execution. Taimur Abdulwahab, a former physical therapy student in England, tried to set off a car bomb filled with gas canisters in a Stockholm commercial area thronged with Christmas shoppers. It ended with the car in flames but not exploding, and only the would-be bomber dead (two passers-by injured).
A narrow escape. Like the Underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber in the U.S., this “failure” was mostly due to pure dumb luck. When will it be our turn to be lucky – or not – when a suicidal young Islamist makes his move? Does anyone doubt that it will happen sooner or later?
There is some comfort in the coincidence that Bill S-215 was passed into law on December 12, and will receive Royal Assent next week. Bill S-215, first introduced as a private member’s bill in 2005, will amend Canada’s Criminal Code to cite suicide bombing as a capital crime. This will mark the first time anywhere in the West (amongst democracies) that suicide bombing has been so labelled. It’s a change that could mean harsher penalties for anyone complicit in the planning or execution of a suicide bombing, and sends a message of the government’s uncompromising view of the crimes.
The Bill will not deter an obsessive jihadist. But it may give pause to his or her slightly more rational enablers. At the very least, the Bill symbolizes an awareness in government that suicide bombers are not criminals like any other, but are sui generis and must be perceived as the existential threat to society as a whole that they represent.
The Bill is the brainchild of (now) retired Justice Reuben Bromstein who, along with UWO Political Science professor Salim Mansur and (recently retired) Senator Jerry Grafstein, worked hard for five years to make it a reality. They formed an organization called Canadians Against Suicide Bombing. Separately and together they lobbied parliamentarians and senators relentlessly. As a result of their singlemindedness they erected a spacious tent that eventually enfolded all living prime ministers, many justices and former justice ministers, former leaders of federal parties, academics, union leaders, and religious leaders in support of the idea.
Congratulations to the government for the passage of the bill, and congratulations to the stalwartly anti-Islamisist Salim Mansur in particular for his calmly relentless battle over many years to rescue Islam from the jihadists and cultural separatism from the multiculturalists.
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Tags: Barbara Kay, suicide bombers, Bill S-215, Reuben Bromstein, Jerry Grafstein, Salim Mansur, Taimur Abdulwahab
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