GET­TING TOUGH ON CANA­DIAN ISIS FIGHTERS

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

There is only one way Cana­di­ans who have joined ISIS should be al­lowed to re­turn to this coun­try: In hand­cuffs.

The au­thor­i­ties know of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple in to­tal who have left Cana­dian to sign up for the Is­lamic State’s bru­tal and mur­der­ous cam­paign.

Some were killed on the bat­tle­field. Some are still fight­ing. Oth­ers are lan­guish­ing in pris­ons. And, most frus­trat­ingly, dozens have al­ready re­turned home.

Yet only a few have so far been charged with their crimes, which are se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Canada’s Crim­i­nal Code. They are break­ing pro­vi­sions about go­ing abroad to join and sup­port ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tions, to say noth­ing of the fact they com­mit­ted trea­son.

This past week, Global News ran fea­tures on both 28-year-old Muham­mad Ali, an ISIS fighter, along with the

Cana­dian brides of sev­eral ISIS fighters.

They all want to re­turn home.

“My coun­try’s not do­ing any­thing for me. No one cares,” one of the women — who has chil­dren with her in a kur­dish prison where she is be­ing held — said.

Ali wrote on so­cial me­dia that he was a soldier of ISIS, that ho­mo­sex­u­als “should be killed” and bragged about play­ing soc­cer with sev­ered heads.

It is dif­fi­cult to feel much sym­pa­thy for a will­ing wife of an ISIS fighter, given the atroc­i­ties ISIS has com­mit­ted, or any for Ali.

The case of chil­dren born and raised in con­flict zones is a trou­bling one.

Whether they are cap­tives — as in the

Caitlin Cole­man case — or the chil­dren of fighters, the chil­dren de­serve a bet­ter life.

This does not mean though that Cana­dian owes any­thing to adults who ef­fec­tively re­nounced their ties to our coun­try.

keep in mind that Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, the self-pro­claimed caliph of the Is­lamic State, has re­peat­edly called for at­tacks on Canada. And those have in­cluded calls for the very ve­hic­u­lar ram­ming at­tacks we’ve seen on our streets, be­gin­ning with the one in Que­bec back in 2014 that saw a Cana­dian Forces of­fi­cer killed.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has so far been silent on this press­ing is­sue. Canada al­ready takes a much softer ap­proach to the is­sue com­pared to other coun­tries.

The PM needs to clar­ify what will be done. Be­cause if we bring them back, they must be charged.

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