Jawaad Faizi was attacked in suburban Toronto by two men he calls "religious fanatics." They assaulted him with a cricket bat as he sat in his car outside his editor's house.
Faizi's attack was in retribution for a piece he wrote for the Pakistan Post critical of a Pakistani cleric.
Steve Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, says this kind of intimidation of reporters is common in the Middle East and has occurred in Europe. But, he says, this is the first such case he knows of that has ever taken place in North America.
Faizi, a guest on my show, remains obviously shaken by the experience. He fears, not only for himself, but for his wife and children.
Threats preceded the attacks. The police took his report and did, he says, little else. Now, he says, they are finally on the case.
This is the problem with radical Islamists. Rather than protesting, demanding equal space in the paper or even boycotting the newspaper, they attack. It won't make Faizi take back his words. But it sends a message to Faizi, and to other journalists, that they should mind themselves in the future.
Sort of like the response to the editorial cartoon in Denmark that mocked the Prophet Mohammad.
This would be like Rev. Al Sharpton sending out religious thugs with baseball bats to teach me a lesson for my vocal criticism of him. People would be shocked if Sharpton were to do that. They should be equally shocked by the attack on Faizi.