A popular Australian Muslim scholar who has become internationally known for publicly speaking out against radical Islam, slammed Justin Trudeau’s policy of attempting to re-integrate returning ISIS fighters when he wrote on Facebook: “In today’s Canada if you go into a store and commit armed robbery, you will go to jail. But if you join ISIS, kill people, and come back home, you get special treatment. Canada is broken.”
Imam Tawhidi, who goes by the moniker The Imam of Peace, previously called Trudeau “a clown with a diplomatic passport”.
With a Facebook following of over 75,000 people, Imam Tawhidi, who calls Islamic terrorists “devil in the flesh”, recently shared an article by Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm called “More stupid stuff Justin Trudeau says”.
“It’s impossible to satirize Justin Trudeau any better than by just quoting him. According to Trudeau, ISIS fighters can be ‘an extraordinarily powerful voice’ in Canada”, Tawhidi wrote on his Facebook page on December 20, 2017.
In her column, Malcolm criticized Trudeau for a breathtakingly naïve statement he made during a year-end interview with CTV News in which he defended his decision to provide returning ISIS fighters with “reintegration support”, despite his own Minister of Public Safety’s admission that the likelihood of reintegration is “pretty remote.”
“There’s a range of experiences when people come home. We know that actually someone who has engaged and turned away from that hateful ideology can be an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization in future generations and younger people within the community,” Trudeau told Lisa LaFlamme.
In a shouting match in the House of Commons on November 28, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer hammered Trudeau for going easy on suspected ISIS terrorists returning to Canada, while the prime minister accused the Conservatives of “Islamophobia”.
Scheer slammed the Prime Minister for not taking security of Canadians seriously, and mocked him for attempting to reintegrate ISIS fighters with “poetry and podcasts and all kinds of counselling and group-hug sessions”. Trudeau defended his position by claiming that the Liberals have “methods of de-emphasizing or de-programming people who want to harm our society, and those are some things we have to move forward on.”
According to the Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN), potential threat from returning ISIS terrorists to Europe is very real. The Brussels terrorist attacks on a Jewish Museum in May 2014 and the airport and metro station in March 2016, as well as the multiple attacks in Paris in November 2015 were all atrocities perpetrated “to some degree” by returnees. At least six of the perpetrators in the Paris attacks and three out of five terrorists in the Brussels attacks had returned after fighting in Syria.
In July 2017, RAN published a policy paper on returning ISIS jihadists to Europe, in which it outlined major security concerns because of the jihadists’ battlefield experience, training in the use of weapons and connection to international terrorist networks.
According to RAN, participating in or even observing atrocities committed by ISIS in Syria and Iraq “further increases the potential threat posed by returnees”.
In “Beyond the Caliphate” – a report by the Soufan Centre and the Global Strategy Network on returning ISIS jihadists – former MI6 chief Richard Barrett claims that “all returnees, whatever their reason for going home, will continue to pose some degree of risk”, and notes there has also been a rise in the number of women involved in attacks – with nearly a quarter of terror plots in Europe from the start of 2017 to May involving women.