TORONTO - Was anyone watching Rehab Dughmosh?
About a year before she was charged with attacking customers and staff with a golf club and butcher knife at a Scarborough Canadian Tire, Dughmosh allegedly left Toronto in an unsuccessful bid to join ISIS in Syria as a foreign fighter.
Intercepted in Turkey, she was sent back to her adopted homeland. And now the Scarborough mother stands accused of doing exactly what the terror group has instructed its believers to do — if you can’t join us overseas, strike the infidel with whatever you have at home.
If she’s alleged to have left Canada to join ISIS in April 2016, why wasn’t Dughmosh arrested a year ago?
“A decision was made not to charge her at the time,” said federal Crown Howard Piafsky.
Why not? And since then, has she been under surveillance? Was she on a terror watch list? Did no one take her seriously? After attacks here at home on Parliament Hill and in Quebec and countless more around the world, are we still so naive to think that a lone wolf can’t do damage?It wouldn't be at all surprising were the answer to every question Mandel poses, save the last one, is "no." ("Yes," we are still so naive as to think that a lone wolf, especially a female one, can't do damage. And who's to say she's a "lone wolf" when it's a safe bet that there are plenty more where she came from?) That's because Justin Trudeau has been quoted as saying that terrorists should never be stripped of their citizenship:
"And I'll give you the quote so that you guys can jot it down and put it in an attack ad somewhere that the Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship," he said. "Because I do. And I'm willing to take on anyone who disagrees with that."
Trudeau also scored applause after saying that "as soon as you make citizenship for some Canadians conditional on good behaviour, you devalue citizenship for everyone."
The Liberal leader added that he found it "very, very scary" that a government could strip new Canadians of their citizenship rights because of unlawful actions.
"And by the way, there are penalties for anyone convicted of… terrorism or an act of war or an offence against Canada," he said. "They end up locked up in jail for the rest of their lives."
A "plane ticket to Syria" is not the same kind of punishment, Trudeau said.Indeed. A "plane ticket to Syria" would be so much worse. So would a plane ticket to Turkey. Not that it would have been needed in Rehab's case, since she was already there.
I'm in favour of "devaluing" traitors by revoking their citizenship if and when they flee Canada and run off to make common cause with ISIS or any other jihadi group. One would have to be a bear of very little brain--a Justin the Pooh--to think that doing so wouldn't amount to a net good for Canada and Canadians; it would also demonstrate the high esteem in which we hold the rights and responsibilities--yes, responsibilities--of citizenship.
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