EDITORIAL: Getting tough on Canadian ISIS fighters

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 Canada 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 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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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies