This approach should simplify the forensic challenge when suicide bombing arrives in Canada – as, of course, it will.
There are several reasons why it’s coming.
First, we have what Hollywood would call “the talent.”
Our Islamist ranks are hugely reinforced by almost unparalleled, politically motivated – and economically unjustifiable – mass immigration from terror-producing countries where we have no meaningful capacity to do background checks. And the “homegrown” element may have helped Calgary alone contribute about two dozen to foreign jihad. Dozens more Somali-Canadian youth are estimated to have joined al-Shabaab terrorists, the group that destroyed a Kenyan shopping mall. Tellingly, this number outstrips per capita the size of the U.S. cadre that’s gone to jihad in Somalia and environs.
Remember Canadian suicide bomber Salman Ashrafi, who detonated in Iraq? And how about Timmins’ best, convert Andre Poulin who polished himself off in a Syrian death-charge? Let’s not forget the two key Canukistan players in the Algerian gas plant butchery, “martyrs” who had no prospect of outliving their operation.
UK commentator Douglas Murray claims “there are now at least twice as many young British Muslims who have gone to Syria” to fight for extremism, as “there are Muslims fighting for Queen and country here in the British armed forces.” One wonders how Canadian statistics compare, and what returning Canadian jihadis will have in mind.
Second, as the cop shows say, there’s intention.
U.S. SEAL operators found documents targeting Canada and a few other nations in Osama bin Laden’s lair. All of these countries have been hit, except Canada. And there’s no end to the Islamist hatred within our borders. Media reports revealed wives of Toronto 18 mass-terror accused held Canadians in searing contempt: “this filthy country,” was the best one could say about it. Another unsuccessfully tried to include as a condition of her marriage an undertaking that hubby would hit the jihad trail at the first opportunity.
Intention is reinforced by ugly propaganda. Look how terror-convict Momin Khawaja’s mummy would read grisly anti-infidel bedtime stories to her junior jihadi. Or Saudi Government Qur’ans, available in Canada, with Riyadh-approved scholars’ annotations about non-Muslims’ spiritual and physical “impurity.” In fact, “filthy as regards urine, stools and blood.”
When the average Canadian’s blood is written off as filthy, you’d better consider that there’s some terminal “othering” going on, the kind that could make you roadkill on someone’s personal expressway to paradise.
How about what moderate Muslims properly deride as the divisive “Muslim victimhood narrative” – exaggerated portrayals of Muslims as constant victims of non-Muslim fellow citizens – summarized in the Islamist-contrived word “Islamophobia”? The spin is a dangerous potential prompter of youth radicalism.
Such concerns triggered extraordinary Globe and Mail condemnations of Canadian Muslim personalities Mohamed Elmasry and Sheema Khan, the latter being the Globe’s own columnist – and founder of the deeply troubling National Council of Canadian Muslims (then called CAIR-CAN). The newspaper said their kind of hand-wringing about largely imaginary “backlash” put them among those “jostling for a spot on victimhood’s centre stage” in “a shamefully equivocal reply to terrorism.”
The third aspect favouring suicide attacks in Canada: location, location, location.
We have target-worthy locations. Canada is an almost absurdly open society with very accessible infrastructure. Shopping malls, office buildings, major events, energy generation and distribution. Think of all the carbomb-ready parking lots beneath city halls, court buildings and other such symbolic targets.
Canada must awaken before someone loses his head.
- A lawyer with 30 years’ experience in intelligence affairs, David B. Harris is director of the International Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc.