I’m going to make this short and sweet. I re-posted an article on Facebook that warned about a terrorist group targeting West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada. I clicked on the CBC article, noted the date, and read it before posting it.
Someone pointed out that it was from last year and it began an entire debate about why ISIS Terrorism is not a threat in Canada, to which I wholeheartedly disagree.
First let’s go back to February of this year, one short month after the Massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. ISIS puts out a video promising “Fresh Attacks” in France and that their nightmare had only begun. Later this year, in July, ISIS once again released a video threatening to “fill the streets of Paris with dead bodies”. This time the masked man shoots a prisoner in the head and kicks him off a cliff in Syria.
For a few months France was undecided as how to retaliate for the terror caused by ISIS, but then in September French President Francois Hollande began his bombing campaign in Syria. Are we to believe that ISIS was just going to give up and go home? I don’t think so. They are a terrorist organization and how does a terrorist organization work? By terror of course! They repeatedly warned the world that they had operatives in the US and in France ready to wage Jihad on those who dared bomb Syria.
On Friday morning we woke up to the news that Jihadi John had been killed in a US-led airstrike at an ISIS stronghold in Syria. My first reaction was elation! This terrorist has enjoyed killing so many innocent people. Then came an ominous feeling. It felt like the calm before the storm. Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that ISIS is going to be very upset that their “star terrorist” was cut down in front of the world in such a brutal way so is it any surprise that the #ParisAttacks happened one day later, and so ironically on Friday the thirteenth. An irony much like 9-11 perhaps?
Ok, so who else has been dabbling in Syria? I’ve uploaded a video that spells out exactly who has been participating in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Guess who is one of them? That’s right, Canada! Canada’s campaign began in April of 2015 against ISIS, well before the threats against the west made in July of this year. Now, just because we have a brand new prime minister who has agreed to end the Syrian campaign, do you think ISIS has forgotten somehow about that threat? I don’t think so. They don’t care about Justin Trudeau’s promises. They care about any perceived threat towards their goal of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant! That’s what they care about and I’m pretty sure they’re not going to just forgive and forget that Canada was there at all, do you? Do you think they can just live in peace and all be friends? No, you’re in fantasy land if that’s what you hope. They sure didn’t forget about France now did they? Justin Trudeau is quite wrong to take a step back now that the Paris Attacks, and the downing of the Russian passenger jet on October 31, another irony since it was Halloween! No-one is even mentioning these twisted ironies.
Anyway, what has this to do with the Syrian refugees that Justin Trudeau promised to take in? Well, it shouldn’t have a lot to do with them, but sadly it does. Doesn’t it strike anyone else as odd that the entire world ignored Syrian refugees until a few months ago? You couldn’t get the West to care about what was going on in Syria. Amidst the so called “Arab Spring” a civil war broke out in Syria. Other states fractured and became weaker (arguably) facilitating the rise of ISIS. Muslim countries simply refuse to take in Syrian Refugees because they perceive them as a “security risk” so why the constant bashing of Western nations for the same view, especially when, in June of this year, ISIS was preventing so many from even leaving Syria? By September though, a whole new angle emerged when the Syrian boy drowned in September. It was then the entire world began watching, and it was then that the boy’s father blamed Canada! It may not be, but this new angle on this crisis seems almost contrived.
Since ISIS began it’s slashing and trashing dominance in the Middle East almost two years ago they have become quite adept at terrorism and stealth. They have been so successful in stealth strategy that almost no-one even believed they were capable of bringing down a Russian airliner even though they took credit for it!! They are now claiming that they have infiltrated western nations through the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and judging by their previous (now so very true claims) I believe that we should believe them, don’t you?
If you don’t think that Canada might be a target, think again. CBC published an article dated November 15, in which Wesely Wark (a security expert and professor at the University of Ottawa) warns,
“Civilian soft targets are the ultimate symbolic targets. In the minds of ISIS and related jihadist groups, the objective is to sow sufficient fear and discord through terror attacks that countries will lose the will to fight back.”
It sure sounds like Canada is still a target. I sure know that the United States is! ISIS released yet another video today (November 17) detailing their plans to hit Western targets, but predicting exactly where that will be is proving to be very difficult. CIA Director John Brennan explains why it is so hard to predict ISIS’s next move.
Operatives are adapting to keep their activities concealed from the authorities. “There are a lot of technological capabilities that are available right now that make it exceptionally difficult, both technically as well as legally, for intelligence and security services to have the insight they need to uncover it,” he said.
I am not writing to instill fear into anyone, that’s what the terrorists want. I am writing to raise awareness. Be aware, but not afraid. Be watchful, but not paranoid. Stop sending pictures of cats for one day and start caring about the radical way our world is changing right before our very eyes!