(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
October 11, 2018
A Canadian member of ISIS has been caught and captured by our Kurdish allies in Syria. With the collapse of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in early 2018, this ISIS soldier was trying to make his way back to Canada.
He wanted to join the 60-plus returned terrorists who have found a safe haven in Trudeau’s Canada, according to reports by Global News.
The latest terrorist to be captured was an outspoken supporter of the Islamic State. The Pakistani-born man left Canada in 2014 and then signed up to be an ISIS fighter, Global reports.
He became a sniper and a social media star. He used Twitter to encourage Westerners to join the Islamist death cult and to carry out terrorist attacks in the West.
He celebrated the Ottawa terror attack in October 2014, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered while standing on ceremonial guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Parliament Hill.
Now, this ISIS thug is one of 13 Canadians being held by our allies in Syria, desperately hoping to return to Canada.
Canada must no doubt be a popular destination for captured ISIS terrorists. Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada is an outlier when it comes to dealing with ISIS terrorists who are now begging to return to the safety and comfort of the West.
France has an explicit policy to kill militants in Syria. The U.K., likewise, works with Iraqi forces to kill ISIS terrorists before they can leave the region.
An ISIS fighter who did manage to return to the U.K. was quickly sentenced and thrown in prison for 10 years for the crime of travelling to Syria to engage in terrorism.
The U.S. has already sentenced seven returned ISIS fighters to prison, while Australia’s policy is to strip ISIS members of their Australian citizenship.
Canada’s policy differs starkly from our Western allies.
Trudeau has passed legislation that allows convicted terrorists who are dual nationals to keep their Canadian citizenship. He doesn’t even use the term “terrorist” to describe these militants.
In a town hall earlier this year, Trudeau used an obscure euphemism to downplay the threat of ISIS fighters. He calls them “foreign travellers.”
Trudeau also believes that ISIS fighters have a “right” to return home, where they will face questioning and possible criminal charges.
The problem for Canadians is that our authorities haven’t figured out how to prosecute terrorists who carried out their atrocities in a failed state like Syria.
Hence why at least 60 known terrorists are now roaming around Canada. One returned terrorist openly boasted in a New York Times podcast about the atrocities he carried out for ISIS. He’s now back in Toronto, living with his parents and attending a taxpayer-funded university.
Canadian terrorists aren’t the only ones trying to get to Canada.
Jihadi Jack is a British-born and British-raised Muslim convert who joined ISIS in 2014. Three years later, he tried to return home to the U.K., to no avail. When that failed, he set his sights on Canada.
Jihadi Jack has a Canadian father and is now seeking to manipulate his connection to Canada in order to face softer treatment by the Trudeau government.
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