Our elites weep for ter­ror­ists

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT - candice mal­colm

“I agreed with oth­ers to carry out an at­tack in Times Square, to sup­port the Is­lamic State,” said a Cana­dian cit­i­zen on trial for ter­ror­ism in New York last year.

Ab­dul­rah­man El Bah­na­sawy, a 19-year-old man who lived in Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., pleaded guilty to sev­eral ter­ror­ism charges over his ISIS plot to at­tack New York City land­marks in the spring of 2016.

U.S. fed­eral agen­cies re­vealed Fri­day that three men were ar­rested and charged in the plot to carry out bomb­ings and shoot­ings in crowded spots in mid­town Man­hat­tan and on the New York City sub­way.

These ter­ror­ists wanted their Ra­madan at­tack to mir­ror at­tacks in Paris and Brus­sels.

Bah­na­sawy told an un­der­cover FBI agent that he wanted it to be “the next 9/11.”

He al­legedly pur­chased 40 lb. of hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide, likely to be used as a com­po­nent in an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice, and later ad­mit­ted to send­ing ma­te­ri­als on­line and through the mail to ad­vance his plot.

It was only thanks to in­cred­i­ble po­lice work that his at­tack was foiled.

And yet, the typ­i­cal crowd of Cana­dian elites are fall­ing over them­selves to de­fend this ter­ror­ist and jus­tify his evil deeds.

Me­dia re­ports have em­pha­sized he “suf­fers from se­ri­ous men­tal-health prob­lems,” and that he’s a drug ad­dict. The poor lit­tle lamb, he didn’t even fin­ish Grade 11.

His lawyers are suc­cess­fully push­ing a vic­tim­hood nar­ra­tive, and the CBC du­ti­fully re­ported that he’s “vul­ner­a­ble” and “ex­tremely frag­ile” but “do­ing the best that he can un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

“He has no friends out­side of his close-knit fam­ily,” wrote his lawyers.

The lat­est to take up this ter­ror­ist’s cause is Den­nis Ed­ney, the fa­mous lawyer who be­friended Omar Khadr and helped that con­victed ter­ror­ist get a $10.5-mil­lion award from the Trudeau gov­ern­ment.

There is a dis­turb­ing trend of Cana­di­ans sym­pa­thiz­ing with our en­e­mies over our al­lies.

Ab­dul­rah­man El Bah­na­sawy is an ad­mit­ted ter­ror­ist who wanted to kill thou­sands of peo­ple.

He has been found men­tally fit to stand trial.

There is no doubt he in­tended to carry out heinous at­tacks against civil­ians — in­clud­ing Cana­di­ans. He’s a traitor. He was born in Kuwait, and, far from be­ing gra­cious and grateful to his new hosts in Canada, he used our coun­try as a launch­ing pad to try to at­tack our neigh­bour and clos­est ally.

Not only did he de­stroy his own fu­ture, he also put our re­la­tion­ship with the United States in jeop­ardy.

When ter­ror­ists car­ry­ing Cana­dian pass­ports en­ter the U.S. with the in­ten­tion of com­mit­ting ter­ror­ist at­tacks on be­half of ISIS, it casts a neg­a­tive light on all Cana­di­ans.

In­ci­dents like this will lead to greater se­cu­rity, and greater sus­pi­cion, to­wards ev­ery­day Cana­di­ans trav­el­ling to their favourite win­ter des­ti­na­tions.

Re­gard­less of what his pass­port may say, Bah­na­sawy does not ap­pear to be a Cana­dian — at least not in his own mind.

He’s said he’s loyal to Is­lamic State.

He is a traitor who hates Canada and ev­ery­thing we stand for.

If Canada took ter­ror­ism se­ri­ously, we would strip this man of his Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship and de­port him back to Kuwait.

In­stead, the Omar Khadr ef­fect is al­ready set­ting in — where Cana­dian elites side with a ter­ror­ist thug and try to con­vince us that he is the real vic­tim, and the only crime is that we didn’t love him enough.

Bah­Na­sawy

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