Justin Trudeau thinks ISIS fighters should be treated the same way as the people fleeing the Nazis in the Second World War.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
By now, most of the English-speaking world has heard about Justin Trudeau’s “peoplekind” gaffe. And while the international media poked fun at our Prime Minister for his over-the-top political correctness, Trudeau managed to avoid scrutiny for another disturbing comment made on the same speaking tour.
At a town hall forum in Edmonton, a man in the audience asked Trudeau about his stance on ISIS terrorists returning to Canada.
Trudeau has pledged taxpayer funds to “de-radicalize” these terrorists, and has even claimed that ISIS members could become “an extraordinarily powerful voice.”
In Edmonton, the question posed to the Prime Minister was this: “I just want to know how your stance on ISIS is going to help Canadians in any way.”
The man continued, saying, “I need to know how you’re going to protect future Canadians like my young daughter, 10, 15 years from now when you’re letting people in with an ideology that just doesn’t conform to what we’re doing here.”
It’s clear the man is asking about ISIS terrorists and not regular immigrants or refugees. He wants to know why Trudeau isn’t taking a tougher stance against those who travelled to Syria and Iraq to wage a war in the name of an evil ideology.
It’s an important question, and kudos to this man for asking it.
Instead of answering the question, however, Trudeau spent five minutes rambling on about diversity and providing an overly simplistic account of Canada’s history of immigration.
“One of the reasons Canada is successful as a country is because we have been open to people fleeing persecution, fleeing war zones, looking for better life,” said Trudeau, totally missing the point about ISIS fighters.
Trudeau continues, and it gets worse.
“When we welcomed in waves of refugees — whether it was the Ismaili refugees in the early ’70s, whether it was the Vietnamese boatpeople in the early ’80s, whether it was people fleeing the devastation of the Second World War, the Italian communities, the Greek communities, the Portuguese communities, and others — our country is so much the better for it.”
There you have it. Justin Trudeau thinks ISIS fighters should be treated the same way as the people fleeing the Nazis in the Second World War.
He doesn’t seem to grasp that ISIS fighters are not the victims of war; they are the perpetrators of war and genocide. The real victims — Assyrian Christians and Yazidis targeted and slaughtered by ISIS — have been routinely ignored and mistreated by the Trudeau government.
Perhaps it’s because Trudeau can’t tell the different between jihadist terrorists and bona fide refugees fleeing Syrian and Iraq.
We know there are hundreds of individuals with Canadian passports who left Canada to fight alongside jihadist terrorist armies. Following the recent collapse of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, many of these individuals are now making their way back into Canada.
And when asked about these terrorist thugs, Trudeau’s response is to conflate ISIS fighters with Syrian refugees, pretend they are victims and compare them to past waves of successful immigration into Canada.
Trudeau’s “peoplekind” comment was silly and embarrassing for the prime minister. So much so that Trudeau apologized and insisted he was joking.
But what about his comments likening ISIS terrorists to members of the Vietnamese, Ismaili, Italian, Greek and Portuguese communities in Canada? More than embarrassing, these comments were naive, reckless and insulting. Trudeau owes these communities a serious apology.