Christie Blatchford and Tim Hortons: Barometers of all things Canadian
Sometimes it’s best just to report the facts as you know them and leave the opining to your betters. Here, for example, is Christie Blatchford in this morning’s Globe reporting on the goings-on at yesterday’s terrorism trial in Brampton:
In the likes of Mubin Shaikh rests what might be called the great brown hope of the great white north.
A CSIS informant turned RCMP mole, the 32-year-old is the central Crown witness at the first of the so-called Toronto 18 terror cases to actually get to trial. He is a sophisticated, well-educated, well-travelled man, so charming that for the past week, since he first took the stand here, I have come to refer to him as my first Muslim crush.
Born and bred in Toronto, Mr. Shaikh is, for lack of a better term, one of us, a moderate Muslim in the largely secular society who moves as easily at the Tim Hortons as he does in the mosque.
About an hour after I read this arrived the following from one of Spectator’s faithful correspondents: “I know that it’s fucking obvious and i won’t rant about Christie to you every week but just read it and try ‘my first Jewish crush’ or ‘my first irish catholic’ who is ‘one of us.’” [sic]
Further comment would be superfluous.
• Informant as comfortable in mosque as Tim Hortons [Globe and Mail]