The Scorpion and the Frog


Useful idiot Khadija Abdul Qahaar (alias Bev Kennedy, alias Paul Morris-Read, née Beverly Giesbrecht) runs a website, Jihad Unspun, dedicated to promoting the exploits of jihadis, and exposing the alleged dastardly doings of our men and women in Afghanistan.

Last September, a Vancouver woman named Beverly Giesbrecht published her personal reflections on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Giesbrecht, 52, used the opportunity to celebrate militant Islam. She talked about the “good news” that the Taliban in Afghanistan were killing NATO soldiers and she praised the “Iraqi Resistance” for killing Americans. The real enemy, she said, was “Zionist-controlled America,” and she called upon the Muslim Ummah — the worldwide Islamic community — to form a united front.

Canadian security officials undoubtedly read Giesbrecht’s manifesto, because they would have been monitoring her Internet site, one of the few openly pro-Islamist sites operating out of Canada. Giesbrecht has exactly the biography that would draw the attention of intelligence authorities.

— Leonard Stern.  “Radical conversions“, Ottawa Citizen, March 2nd, 2009.

Last year she put on the proverbial rose-coloured glasses and wandered off to Pakistan as a documentarist, supposedly on behalf of Al-Jazeera.  She soon found out the true nature of her scorpion.

A Canadian woman being held hostage in northern Pakistan says her captors are planning to behead her at the end of the month if a $2-million ransom is not paid.

In a video provided to the Globe and Mail and posted on the newspaper’s website, a pale and haggard-looking Khadija Abdul Qahaar, 52, begins to cry as she says her “time is very short and my life is going to end.

“I’m going to be killed, as you can see,” Qahaar says on the video, pointing at a long knife hanging behind her.

“I’m going to be beheaded just like the Polish engineer, probably by the end of the month. The deadline is by the end of March.”

Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak was beheaded by a Pakistani Taliban group on Feb. 7, 2009.

In a shaky voice, Qahaar said she’s being held by the Taliban “someplace near the Afghan border in either Pakistan or Afghanistan. I’m not quite sure where I am.”

“A previous video has been made and distributed to my embassy, the Pakistan government, to various different NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and groups in order to try to get the demands that they’re making met.

“Unfortunately nothing has happened.”

— “Kidnapped Canadian says she’ll be beheaded by month’s end“, CanWest News Service, March 20th, 2009.

Nothing has happened because the Canadian government does not pay ransoms; an eminently sensible position.

Nor does it maintain a childlike faith in the willingness of unpredictable thugs living a superstitious, violent and pre-modern way of life to accept a naïve Westerner as a peer.  That sort of wishes-were-horses make-believe lives only in the minds of people like Ms. Giesbrecht, Jack Layton and Olivia Chow.  Although the fact that the Laytons are not presently being held for ransom in Pakistan gives a vital clue that perhaps they don’t really believe it, either.

It is tempting to write it all off as karmic payback, and to flippantly suggest (like the Council of Ex-Muslims bulletin board) that we should offer money to the Taliban to keep her, or conversely to demand a dowry payment for her; but that is not how things are done in Canada.  No Canadian deserves to have their head sawed off by Islamic zealots, not even the profoundly dense who were foolish enough to publicly support the Taliban’s cause.

If Ms. Giesbrecht is to receive poetic justice it should be in this country, under the rule of law she had so little affinity for.  She should be liberated from her captors, if possible, and then stand trial in this country for treason.  The idea that a Canadian should be able to waltz off to Taliban-dominated areas of Pakistan, and perform consequence-free PR work for them is ridiculous.  We may not saw her head off, but there is certainly a penalty for assisting an enemy at war with this nation.  There is also the possibility that this is merely a ruse to generate cash for the Taliban, and if so, that would certainly be evidence worthy of a high treason conviction.

Either way, she ought to stand trial.

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2 Responses
  1. This is a free country. If someone thinks the government policy is wrong, isn’t she free to say so and argue the case for the other side? Are there laws against that?
    Supplying material help to the other side is, however, clearly a matter of breaking the law.

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    Arguing the case for the other side is one thing. Republishing enemy propaganda uncritically with an eye to undermining this nation’s effort is something else, a lot closer to sedition.