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Mahar is truly a victim

July 2007
Mahar Arar is truly a victim. Both of Canadian incompetence, but of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. What happened to him should not have happened and it’s a shame that it did. However, would it have happened if the “enemy” in the war on terror was more clearly identifiable?


When an enemy is not readily identifiable, and they are not fighting a conventional war. Things like this are bound to happen. The Germans were very identifiable as German soldiers, especially those of elite units such as the Waffen SS.

But this is not a conventional war and this is not a conventional enemy. We have Islamic who prefer to hide among the general population, only confronting soldiers and civilians via cover methods such as using remote detonated bombs and suicide bombers dressed as ordinary civilians. As long as our enemy continues to utilize such methods, right or wrong, we will continue to suspect those of Muslim background.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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