“You had to know how to slice a head off,”
He depicted a group execution, in which he shot a middle-aged Muslim man in the back of the head. “It’s justified… you’re not going to be held accountable,” he said he told himself.
On another occasion, he took part in a community killing, stabbing a drug dealer in the heart. “The blood was warm, and it sprayed everywhere,” he said. “I had to stab him multiple times.”
He said the second killing left him feeling “disgusted” (you know because the first one wasn’t enough) and made him determined to return to his parents in Canada.
He soon after escaped to Turkey, and from there made it to his grandparents’ home in Pakistan.
He eventually made his way home to Canada, lying to immigration authorities at the airport that he’d spent the past ten months at a university in Pakistan.
“I said it in a way so that it didn’t seem I was lying,” he said.
The story above describes specific segments of New York Times Caliphate podcast which recently followed the experiences of Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, a Canadian which had initially left the country to fight and kill for ISIS.
Listening to the podcast is eye-opening, to say the least.
It explores the inner workings of the organization, from how they recruit to how they train.
As an individual interested in understanding more of about this truly evil organization, I can’t stop myself from praising the New York Times after they have put out such high-quality journalism.
On the other hand, I am perplexed and worried after listening to this podcast, as heard plainly it shows there is a self-confessed killer who has lied to immigration officials on the loose in Canada’s biggest city.
So why is this happening?
Our allies such as France and the United Kingdom either revoke the passports of their citizens which fight for ISIS or kill them on the battlefield.
In Canada according to brief note released by Liberal Minister Goodale, Canadians have a “right to return,” and also to be prosecuted under Canadian law.
Documents released to Bell under the Access to Information Act suggest that criminal charges are unlikely to be brought against returning ISIL fighters because they require evidence of the individual’s activity in the war-zone, or because they rely on information provided by partners that the RCMP is not authorized to disclose in court.
This difficulty in the transfer of field information to case evidence has meant only a couple of prosecutions have proceeded in recent years.
A Real Danger
Regardless of current judicial problems, Canadians cannot be allowed to return to Canada after committing vast atrocities, free from consequences.
It is morally and logically irresponsible to set this standard, and something that I believe the greater majority of Canadians will have a problem accepting.
How can the Canadian people believe that they are safe when self-confessed murderers can freely roam our streets?
If the Trudeau government wants to be taken seriously on issues of security they cannot allow such apparent problems to continue.
It is understandable that taking on a legislative task of this proportion is difficult, but so is real change.
While the Prime Minister has been willing to take symbolic action, in many cases, he has been unwilling to push for the change the nation needs directly.
It’s time the Prime Ministers slogan was used to denote real action, instead of empty slogans.