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Francois Hollande. Photo: Wikipedia

Hollande: “ISIS declared war on us”; Trudeau: “Canada is not at war with ISIS”

Following a string of horrific terrorist attacks in France, including the most recent gruesome beheading of a Catholic priest during mass by two Islamic jihadists, France’s President Hollande was finally forced to admit that “ISIS declared war on us” and vowed to wage war against the Islamic State “by every means”.

“We have to wage war, by every means, (but through) upholding the law, which is because we are a democracy”, Hollande said during a visit to the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray just hours after the attack during which two jihadists – one of whom was under electronic surveillance by French authorities for trying to join ISIS in Syria – made the 84 year old priest kneel at the altar before slitting his throat.

On July 22, one week after a terrorist attack in Nice in which a Tunisian man plowed a truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day killing 84, including 10 children, Hollande announced that France will be sending an aircraft carrier and artillery in order to assist the US-led coalition and the Iraqi army in their fight against ISIS. France is still under a state of emergency following the Nice attack.

Prime Minister Trudeau – who clearly doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Hollande as he tries to confront head-on the havoc Islamic jihadists are wreaking on France as well as Germany, Belgium and other European countries – campaigned on a platform of ending the previous Conservative government’s participation in the US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

After winning the October elections, and despite the fact that a majority of Canadians disagreed with his decision, Trudeau delivered on his pre-election promise by pulling out Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets from the U.S.-led bombing mission against the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

One day after a series of coordinated bombings in Brussels which left 32 civilians dead, Trudeau made the announcement that “Canada was not at war with ISIL” despite the fact that the terrorists have repeatedly and explicitly threatened to strike Canada by urging Canadian Muslims to join the jihad by indiscriminately killing the “disbelievers”.

In message to Canadian Muslims, ISIS said: “If you can kill a disbeliever …. or a Canadian… If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies….Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”

When asked “If God forbid there was an attack on Canada like the one in Paris would that change the equation for you?” during a December 25, 2015 Global News interview, Trudeau replied that his strategy towards ISIS won’t change even if Paris-style terror attack was to happen in Canada.

In the past few years more than 180 radicalized Canadians travelled overseas to fight for various terrorist organizations, of which 100 joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria and an estimated 90 to 100 individuals are currently looking to leave the country to join ISIS and other terror groups in the Middle East. According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report, 60 individuals who fought overseas are back in Canada and radicalized Canadian Islamists who fly under the radar and undetected by law enforcement remain one of the biggest threats to Canada’s national security.

According to CSIS director Michel Coulombe, two terrorist attacks against members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa and Quebec in 2014, “exposed in a most vivid way the vulnerability to terrorism that an open society like Canada faces.”

“There was a period after 9-11 when many people assumed that an effective terrorist attack was necessarily one that involved a network of highly trained operatives bent on committing a spectacular, mass-casualty event. In truth, a single assailant with low-tech weaponry – a rifle or even a car – can bring tragedy and insecurity to our communities, as we saw in Canada”, Coulombe said and added that there are “violent people and violent groups that want to kill Canadians.”

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]

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