Salman's Idiotic Verses
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Salman’s Idiotic Verses

When your own mother calls you “foolish” and “an idiot,” you know you’re in serious trouble. However, if your name is Salman Hossain, it’s likely that your mom’s assessment of your intellectual abilities is the least of your concerns right now.
According to a (relatively) recent National Post story, Hossain, a student at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, is currently under investigation by RCMP national security investigators. What could young Salman have done to raise the ire of both his mother and the RCMP? Certainly he wouldn’t be foolish enough to, after hearing about the arrests of German islamic militants in Frankfurt, publicly wish that they were planning to “blow up” German and American military bases. He did? Oh.
Of course, he wouldn’t be idiotic enough to advocate killing Canadian soldiers, on Canadian soil? Even if he did, how could we prove it unless he would actually post something so heinous and disgusting on the internet for the world to see?

Any and all Western soldiers getting prepared to enter Muslim nations like Afghanistan or Iraq should be legitimate targets by any and all Islamic militants either in the attacked nations or in the western nations –if there were any planned attacks against Canadian/ American soldiers by ‘Muslim militants’ in Canadian soil, I’d support it

Oh, so he posted it online too? Aw, MAN. But come on, as a university student attending a well-respected, multicultural institution of higher learning, he wouldn’t possibly—ah, screw it. He also supplied the world-wide wizz-eb with such gems as, “When do I get to shoot a few Jews down for attempting to blow up dozens of mosques in America right after 9-11,” “I enjoy watching the blood flow from the western troops,” and, about Minister of Defence Peter MacKay, “I pray that the Taliban kill our Mackay motherfucker.” So…yeah.
A story in Maclean’s contends that Hossain was a member of the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Muslim Students Association, however, the association’s website posted a denial of that allegation on February 2, 2008, claiming, “The individual in question is not, and was not a member of the UTM Muslim Students Association and his views and remarks are in no way a reflection of the UTM Muslim Students Association, implicitly or explicitly.”
Hossain’s mother told the Associated Press, “He didn’t understand what this would come to.” Did we mention his mother also called him stupid? Yeah, she did. Somehow, though, “stupid” doesn’t seem quite strong enough.
Photo by jaqian.