BY TAREK FATAH, TORONTO SUN
Two news stories concerning terrorism should make Canadians realize that not only are we being governed under the doctrine of ‘sock and awe’, but that our values have turned upside down in a bizarro world, one of our own making.
First to Israel where on Monday, the government revealed it has filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against the family of a terrorist who drove a truck into a group of military personnel killing four Israeli soldiers.
Attacker Fadi al-Qunbar was shot dead shot and killed in January, and the matter would have rested there. But this time Israel has made the landmark decision to sue against any inheritance the terrorist left to his family. The lawsuit, which is expected to be the first of many similar cases, demands a total of more than $2.3 million.
Israel’s Minister of the Interior Arye Dery told the Haaretz newspaper, “From now on, anyone who plots, plans or considers carrying out a terrorist attack will know that his family will pay a heavy price for his deed.”
Not so in Canada.
On the same day as the terrorist Fadi al-Qumbar was being penalized by Israel, in Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced that convicted terrorist Omar Khadr who in October 2010 had pleaded guilty to “murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, spying, conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism,” was to receive a $10M ‘compensation’ for his troubles and an official apology from the Government of Canada.
Mr. Khadr, now 30, was 15 in July 2002 when he lived in an Afghan compound with a group of bomb-building Islamic jihadis planting roadside explosives. Afterwards, U.S. troops stormed the house and this is where a grenade thrown by Khadr killed Sergeant Christopher Speer, a medic who was helmetless and dressed in Afghan clothing.
It is true that at the time Omar Khadr committed his act of terror and murder, he was only 15 years old, but in the context of the war against civilization by Islamic terrorists, be they from the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Shabab or Boko Haram, the vast number of volunteers who have taken up arms and carried out war crimes are in their teens.
For bleeding-heart liberals whose guilt-ridden frame of mind cannot comprehend beyond the storybook picture of the child soldiers hired by African war lords, this may be a shock, but the ultimate hero of Muslims in the part of the world Omar Khadr was photographed making IEDs, is the 8th century 17-year old Arab invader of India called Muhammad Bin Qasim, and from Kabul to Karachi every child jihadi wishes to emulate the rape and plunder of this Arab jihadi. We are not dealing with the God’s Army in Uganda or the Liberian child soldiers of the 1990s.
The Muslim boys who go to fight jihad do so not under any pressure, but for the lure of entering Paradise and meeting the opposite gender for the first time. This may sound bizarre to the non-Muslim, but trust me, this is not fiction nor propaganda.
But there may still be some poetic justice in the end.
Tabitha Speer, the widow of Sargent Speer who, moved to finalize a default civil-suit judgment against Omar Khadr. The court granted the plaintiffs a total of US$134.1 million in damages
It would be sweet revenge if the $10M ‘compensation’ went straight from Omar Khadr’s pockets to Sgt. Speer’s widow.
The U.S. State Department on Monday designated Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based head of the jihadi group “Hizb ul Mujahideen”, as a global terrorist.
The announcement came hours before a meeting at the White House between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where the two leaders declared: “Destroying radical Islamic terrorism together” and “ending terror safe havens”, were the top goals of the two countries.
North of the border it was a somewhat different story.
Minister of Citizenship Ahmed Hussen told a Muslim Eid congregation at the CNE Sunday that henceforth, Canadians with dual nationality who are convicted of terrorism would not be deported to their home country after serving their sentences.
As the large crowd cheered, Hussen uttered the well-rehearsed Liberal script that puts a positive spin on an unpopular move that permits continuing Canadian citizenship for convicted terrorists.
“There will be no second-class citizenship any more. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” Hussen declared, also a favourite catch phrase of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Among those who will benefit from this outrageous appeasement of Islamic terrorism are Jordanian-born Zakaria Amara, ringleader of the Toronto 18 jihadis, who planned an al-Qaida-style terrorist attack in southern Ontario, and his mate, Saudi-born Saad Khalid.
So as America and India were jointly moving to combat “radical Islamic terrorism”, Canada’s leaders were busy playing identity politics.
It is almost as if individuals who do not belong to an ethnic, racial or religious group in Canada have no value and thus are taken for granted.
Here is a simple question to ask leaders of Islamic groups:
“Is it true that every time a Muslim stands up to pray, they have to utter a verse that indirectly mocks Christians who have “gone astray from God or Jews as those who suffer the ‘wrath of Allah’?”
Let me elaborate.
One of the Qur’an’s most beautiful verses is what we Muslims refer to as the “Sura Fatiha”, which in part asks the Divine to:
“Guide us [Muslims] on the straight path,
the path of those whom Thou hast blessed,
not of those against whom Thou art wrathful [Jews],
nor of those who are astray [Christians].”
The Qur’an was compiled around 650 AD.
However, 250 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad, in the late 800s, his sayings (“Hadith”) were recorded, claiming that when asked to explain the verse, the Prophet himself said the people suffering the “wrath” of Allah were Jews, and the “astray” were Christians.
Ever since then, many Muslim children memorize the verse and are told about the reference to Jews and Christians.
Muslim leaders of mosques must come clean, and declare that the Hadith mocking Jews and Christians should be rejected.
So should Hussen and his 10 Muslim MP colleagues.
We Muslims cannot have it both ways.
We cannot deny that we pray five times a day to mock Jews and Christians, then say that we don’t .
Either we reject the Hadith that sanctions such contempt or admit that it is flawed.
We cannot cheer the granting of citizenship to our co-religionists convicted of terrorism and yet claim we are committed to the western values that are the foundation of this country.