You can’t make this stuff up, Justin Trudeau was asked this week about a Canadian who fought for ISIS and returned to Canada and he dismissed the questions as a divisive political attack.
“Once again we see the Conservatives trying to drum up fear as a way of political attack,” Trudeau said in the House of Commons, later adding, “We saw this approach by the previous government in the last election. It does not work to try to scare and divide Canadians.”
Which Canadians are divided on ISIS being a bunch of bad guys? No right thinking Canadian. Definitely not the people I’ve spoken with that have fled the region to escape the war and bloodshed.
Now just so you know what Trudeau was responding to this past Wednesday, it was a question from Conservative MP James Bezan.
Bezan wanted to know what the government was going to do about a Canadian that admitted to murder in an interview with the New York Times and reporter Rukmini Callimachi who runs a podcast on ISIS and its adherents called Caliphate.
“In the podcast, Abu Huzaifa states that he worked for ISIS enforcing sharia law in Syria. He brags about getting splattered with blood while brutally lashing people who broke their laws, and he proudly admits to murdering ISIS prisoners and having the irony smell of blood on his hands.
When is the Prime Minister going to stop allowing these bloodthirsty terrorists to walk on our streets, and throw them in jail instead?”
Pause for a moment and think about that.
The PM was asked about a Canadian that had admitted to the venerable New York Times, the bible of the progressives, that he had executed people. Trudeau’s response, dismiss the question, imply bigotry, attack the Conservatives.
Watch the full exchange here.
Should we really be surprised?
I’m personally disturbed by Trudeau’s answer but I can’t be surprised. If we think back to his winter townhall tour, Trudeau was asked about dealing with returning ISIS fighters and compared them to Italian and Greek immigrants that had faced discrimination.
Now that was on Wednesday that Bezan put the questions to Trudeau. I missed it, so did most of the media, but on Friday the Conservatives went at it again and this time Ralph Goodale was the one deflecting.
While the government doesn’t want to say much, Abu Huzaif – a nom de guerre, or fake war name – certainly does want to talk. The 23 year-old who joined ISIS at 17 and has been back in Canada since 2016, has also spoken to CBC and other media. Now he says that he didn’t murder anyone despite giving a quite detailed description to the Times.
He told Callimachi that he was part of a squad tasked with killing a group of middle-aged Sunni men that he claimed had offered resistance to ISIS. The murders were justified he told himself because these men deserved it.
“At first you have to bring yourself to do it. You say, ‘OK I’m finally killing someone now.’ This is maybe the next step to being a front-line fighter, and I already had some goals of being a front-line fighter,” he said.
Now he is recanting.
Yet speaking with CBC on Friday afternoon at his Toronto workplace, Abu Huzaif recanted what he had told the Times.
“I did not,” he said. “You can put me through a polygraph and it will prove that I didn’t kill anyone.”
When asked why he told Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi that he participated in an execution, Huzaifa said, “I was being childish. I was describing what I saw and basically, I was close enough to think it was me.”
When was he telling the truth? That is something CSIS will be trying to determine. The intelligence agency reportedly contacted him again on Friday morning to set up an interview.
Trudeau’s divisive obsession.
When most people hear about a young man wandering the streets of a major city and bragging about executions and flogging people to enforce Sharia law’s stricter interpretations, they worry about safety. Not Justin Trudeau.
To Trudeau it appears the worst thing you can be is divisive.
Personally, I’d like a bit of division between myself and anyone that thinks executing another human being for not being pious enough is justified. Trudeau would likely call me a bigot for that.
He might lecture me about loving all of “peoplekind” including those that want to kill me.
If there is one issue that shows Trudeau to be a politician that can’t be taken seriously, this is it. From his poetry and podcast plan to deal with returning fighters to his comparison to Italian and Greek immigrants, Trudeau shows he is clueless.
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