Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Denseness cubed

Sometimes, you read the press, and you wonder whether someone's really trying to play a prank. This can't be real, can it? Well, the latest, and one of the most blatantly ridiculous examples from recent times, is in today's Toronto Star. The article is about the recent arrest of 17 men in connection with a terrorism investigation.

Here's the comment that is just mind-boggling in its politally-correct, non-judmental denseness:
In investigators' offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator.

Here's the list of names of the suspects:

  • Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto

  • Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga

  • Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga

  • Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Mississauga

  • Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga

  • Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston

  • Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston

  • Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Toronto

  • Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, Toronto

  • Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, Mississauga

  • Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga

Anyone spot a potential "common denominator"? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?


I'm not quite sure which is worse - that someone would think that it's "difficult to find a common denominator," or that someone would know that it's not true but feel the need to say it anyway. In any event, I read a lot of stupid comments during the course of an average day - I don't expect to see a stupider one today...



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