I’ve written before that Hollywood can save us by offering an industry alternative to the terror industry, for Middle Eastern would-be-terrorists-turned-actors. After all, current news is fodder for an ever increasing roster of terrorism-related plots, whether fictional or not. For Middle Eastern actors, there would be very little acting involved — indeed, it would be the ultimate in Stanislavsky ‘Method Acting,’ since the actors could bring their direct experience to the roles. And they’ll still be able to moonlight as terrorists on the side.

Sure enough, one of the Muslims arrested in the Canadian mini-sweep this week, had tried to become a singer by auditioning for “Canadian Idol,” but like other struggling artists, he held on to his back-up plan:

Terror Suspect Sings on Canadian Idol

Before Khuram Sher was a suspected terrorist, he auditioned for Canadian Idol. This clip shows Sher trying out for the program in 200[8] with a stirring rendition of Avril Lavigne’s ballad “Complicated.” Sher was arrested this week along with two other Toronto residents for alleged conspiracy in a terrorist plot…


…A Canadian of Pakistani descent who auditioned for “Canadian Idol” two years ago has been detained in a terrorism investigation that has connected him to “high-level Al Qaeda affiliates abroad.”

The Toronto Star reports that Khuram Sher, a Canadian doctor who graduated from Montreal’s McGill University, was arrested Thursday morning as part of a wide-ranging yearlong terrorism investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Sher is the third arrest so far in the probe, which Canadian officials say involves a cell of radical Islamists with ties to senior al-Qaida figures.

In the “Canadian Idol” appearance, Sher claimed to have recently emigrated from Pakistan, but the Star says that was a put-on: He was born in Canada. […]

Some predictable ‘twists’:

…The picture that emerged Thursday of Khurram Sayed Sher was one of stark contrasts.

The comic performance and an alleged terrorist.

“It’s sort of absurd. It is a little weird,” Jake Gold, a judge on “Idol” and music manager in Toronto, said of the allegations.

No it’s not! This is our society — terrorists, with dhimmi help, have gone mainstream. (Remember the college student showing up at the dean’s Halloween party dressed as a suicide bomber, and no one there, least of all the dean who was photographed with him, batted an eyelash. Or how about all those art exhibits everywhere paying homage to the “martyrs”?) Besides, for many, terror is an alternate path to glory for those whose other ambitions prove too difficult to realize.

“He was a funny guy. At the same time, it’s not a laughing matter.”

Sher, the alleged terrorist, is a father of three, a doctor who graduated from one of Canada’s most prestigious medical schools, and an avid hockey player.

He is someone police said conspired with others in a Canadian bomb plot, but also a doctor who went to Pakistan to help after an earthquake.

I’ve always wondered about that. Every time I saw a Muslim studying a medical text on the subway, I would hope that he wouldn’t veer off-path and get distracted by terror ambitions. At the same time, I’d marvel at how functional these people are. I mean, do you know how much focus and dedication it takes to become a doctor? I wouldn’t be able to pass a single exam, let alone get through medical school. How do they manage to do that — and jihad — at the same time? I can’t multi-task like that; these are talented people.

Sher, 28, born and raised in Montreal, was arrested Thursday at the home he had just moved into in London, Ont., a few kilometres from the hospital where he had just started a new job.

A Khurram Sher was one of thousands of Canadians who auditioned for “Canadian Idol” two years ago, and made it onto television for his entertainment value, rather than his talent performing Lavigne’s “Complicated” to some amusing dance steps.

“Have you ever thought of being a comedian?” judge Sass Jordan asks.

“Not really, I like hockey, music, acting,” Sher replies.

Hockey, music, acting, fatherhood, medicine, terrorisim… This guy is the ultimate renaissance man. Of course, notice how he picks and chooses his piousness: When it comes to music — which isn’t allowed in Islam — he’s not a devout Muslim, but when it comes to killing people, his religious fervor kicks in.

…One fan of his performance said in a posting she was glad at his attempt at showing Canadians that Muslims are “not all extremist.”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

While the performance at the time drew rave reviews on YouTube and Facebook from fans and supporters, the tone was decidedly downbeat Thursday at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, where Sher began a new job Aug. 3 in anatomical pathology.

“I’m really devastated,” Dr. Syed Wasty, the chief of pathology and Sher’s supervisor, said of the arrest. “I cannot say any more.”

In 2007, Sher was one of a group of doctors who wrote the government to protest the situations of three Muslim men held under Canada’s national security certificate regime.

He spent time in Pakistan in 2006 as part of a relief effort after an earthquake.

On the web Thursday, people who knew him or were classmates with Sher at Centennial Regional High School were expressing their disbelief at his arrest.

Paul Collins, the hospital CEO, said he not yet had a chance to meet Sher, but called the situation “very strange” for everyone at the hospital.

“You see these kinds of events as happening elsewhere, not at your own doorstep, so that is surprising.”

Uh, not if you’re hiring Muslim doctors.

Sher did not show up for work Thursday as scheduled.