CANADA VS ISIS

Some may argue that the two ISIS led terrorist attacks in Canada this week serve as a reminder that Canada should have refused to join the nation coalition to defeat ISIS. With the recent spur of events, one may be led to believe that Canada put the target on its own back. With fear amongst Canadians that they may be victims to the next terrorist attack, it is understandable that they will be quick to jump to conclusions.

Keeping in mind that an ISIS leader urged its followers to attack Canadians amongst other countries, including the most recent reminder to kill Canadians in a 42 minute video, with Canada’s best interest in mind, stepping in was the most reasonable approach. Regardless of whether Canada stepped in or not, ISIS would have eventually made its way here. Now accusations are being tossed around in all directions blaming the Harper government for getting involved with ISIS causing the death of two Canadian soldiers on our soil, the decision that was made was in the best interest for all of us.

How is a country expected to reason with so-called “Muslims” who behead innocent human aid workers, torture children, force women into slavery, and go against its own people? These ISIS members have a mission, and their mission is to take over the world. Whether Canada joined the coalition or not, Canada was on the ISIS hit-list and they’re coming after us one way or another.

Harpers “Canada will never be intimidated” speech is meant to be reassuring and comfort all of us who are in fear; however, I can’t help but feel the exact opposite. With radicalists running loose with rifles and running people over with cars; it’s hard trying to ignore the fact that you just might end up at the wrong place and wrong time. Despite Harper’s attempt at reassuring us that there is no imminent threat, with the current ISIS methods of recruiting jihadists, it may be a little scarier than he makes it out to be. ISIS targets young Muslims by brainwashing them using propaganda, they appeal to the vulnerable and lure them into thinking that they will be doing well in the eyes of Allah. With ISIS telling their followers to murder all the disbelievers, we need to be prepared fight back and defend ourselves. Every day there are many people converting to the ISIS ideology, and as the numbers grow the threat grows with it.

Harper’s speech after all of these events was lacking the passion necessary to promote Canadians to look after one another and to report incidents of radicalizations where they may see it. As the leader of Canada, Harper should have taken a firmer stance where he reassures the Canadians that diversity has always been a part of Canada and it will continue to be so freely, but at the same time advocate Canadians looking after one another like brother and sister and keeping a watchful eye of such lone-wolf incidents, whereby one of our brothers or sisters are harmed or lose their lives on Canadian soil.

SF/349

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2 thoughts on “CANADA VS ISIS

  1. I would agree with you that Stephen Harper sounded quite uninspiring in his address to the nation following the recent shootings in Ottawa. With that said, I think it is important to point out that this is a result of the Prime Minister’s poor oratory skills and not a lack of passion for Canada.
    Leaving that portion of your post alone, I would like to address your assertion that Canada had no choice but to be involved in the current military excursion by Western nations into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS. It is important to note what the actual objections to Canada’s participation are. Very few Canadians reject the notion that Canada should take on some responsibility in the battle against ISIS. However, the real question concerns what exactly that role should entail. The opposition parties, for instance, saw a greater role for Canada in the humanitarian realm, rather than providing planes and missiles for air strikes. Central to this position is the question of whether extremist groups such as ISIS can actually be defeated militarily, or whether they should instead be confronted with a more comprehensive approach, seeking to undermine extremist ideology with education and a strengthening of Middle Eastern institutions to confront radical elements. To me this debate seems particularly pertinent in light of recent Western military interventions in the region and the consequences that have subsequently arisen from those actions. Confronting extremist religion with the misguided flag-waving of a kind of political religion seems to me unhelpful.

    -KM

    #RELS349

  2. I would like to begin by agreeing with you on your assessment that “whether Canada joined the coalition or not, Canada was on the ISIS hit-list and they’re coming after us one way or another.” Isis’s worldview is to bring back the true Islamic state therefore they are against anything and anyone who contradict their mandate. These individuals also included Muslims that do not agree with their ideologies. Therefore I do agree with your assessment. We are part of the west and therefore they disagree with our ideology of democracy.

    Knowing this should Canadians be surprised that Isis is attacking us on our home soil. I am in NO way condoning Isis’s actions but we are a country at war with Isis and their ideologies therefore the war will come following us. We in the west have been protected from experiencing warfare in our country. Is it fair to believe that we ought to be ‘safe’ on the premises that we live in the west? Other countries have to live with constant war, drones and other results of war. Author Glenn Greenwald tackles this issue in his article at http://bit.ly/1rf5Kkw.

    After you discuss how you were not reassured by Harper’s speech because the speech did not address the seriousness of Isis, it’s raising popularity and growth. I do agree that Isis is a serious issue but we must remember it is a very complex issue that cannot be solved in a few easy steps. Further you discussed how Canadians need to “look after one another and to report incidents of radicalizations.” I agree we need to stand in unity as Canadians but we cannot do this by outing radicals. The reason is that we will have issues of allegations where individuals may assume that someone is a member of Isis when they are not. Not everyone is educated about Islam and this leads to ignorance causing further discrimination and marginalization of Muslims.

    The solution is that as Canadians we need to educate individuals about Isis. We need to let radicalized individual’s friends or family who know the individual come out and inform the necessary people about their views rather than outing people. We need to let Imams keep an eye out for radicals as they would be better able to assess who holds radical ideals in there congregation. Lastly we need to connect with Muslim countries and find sustainable solutions.

    #349
    BB

    Reference :
    Greenwald, G. (2014, October 22). Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers – The Intercept. Retrieved November 8, 2014.

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