We have a problem with extremists in Canada, people that will preach hate in direct opposition to what we stand for. We also have a problem with politicians and media who turn a blind eye to this fact.
“Trick them, kill them” are the words of a former Ottawa Imam whose son, Owais Egwilla was recently killed in Libya fighting with Jihadists.
It was a “trick” when members of the Canadian Libyan community assured us that Egwilla was not fighting for jihadists but just visiting the family homeland when he found himself in a building targeted by a Libyan General.
We know that’s a trick because as reported by the National Post’s Stewart Bell, his father is openly calling for the “kill” part in response to his son’s death.
“Allah break the backs of the tyrants and the oppressors and the unjust and those nations of the world that are with them,” Abdu Albasset Egwilla said. “Allah they have gathered against us and are scheming against us, so scheme against them.
“Trick them, kill them.”
The same Imam was profiled in a Canadian security report after video emerged of him in 2014 encouraging people to join the jihad.
“Jihad today is simple and easily accessible, and does not require moving as in the past, as it was for Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said.
So, why are we shocked?
We’ve had William Plotnikov of Toronto killed fighting for the Jihad in Dagestan, Ali Medlej and Xristos Katsiroubas of London, Ontario killed in a violent attack on an Algerian gas plant, John McGuire of Ottawa and Daimian Clairmont of Calgary killed fighting with ISIS.
The call of jihad is reaching Canada, even some whose father’s aren’t extremist clerics.
CSIS and the Mounties tell us there are at least 180 people they know about still fighting and about 60 that have gone and returned to Canada.
As politicians and media who worry about causing offence stay quiet, we continue to see news reports like this. We’re momentarily shocked that a young man who spent his formative years in Canada is killed fighting for a terrorist group. We’re momentarily shocked when CSIS again reminds us of the nearly 200 Canadians that have left the country to fight for groups like Ansar al-Sharia, al-Qaida or ISIS.
This young man that died in Libya for his jihadist beliefs is not an anomaly, is not the first and will unfortunately, not be the last.