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Thanks, but no thanks
By Steven Martinovich
(June 8, 2009)
Canada may be open to all sorts of immigrants, and we’ve benefited greatly by that openness, but it appears that there is some sense in Ottawa that there is actually a limit to who we’ll accept. First several European nations refused and now Canada has wisely turned down U.S. President Barack Obama's very kind offer to become host to some Taliban soldiers currently residing at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
The foreign fighters were a group, writes Stanton, which often times chose death over surrender and for whom the notion of innocent lives held no currency. Recent reports show that a number of Guantanamo detainees who have been released have rejoined Islamist terrorist movements and it’s a safe bet a majority of them are foreign fighters. Allowing them into Canada allows them a perfect staging area to launch attacks against targets in the United States or our own nation.
There are undoubtedly those, thanks to their opposition to the U.S.-led war against terrorism and the existence of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, who believe that we should have accepted the Uighurs to send a message to the American government, which despite Obama’s promises, has continued to prosecute his predecessor’s campaign. Regardless of where one stands on the issues, there are better ways to show one’s displeasure than to willingly accept those who would slaughter Christians, Jews, Hindus and other Muslims, for the crime of not subscribing to a violent, retrograde version of Islam.
Ed Husain, a former British Islamist who now runs a counter-extremism centre in London, believes that North America is following the trend witnessed in parts of Europe which has seen second generation Muslims and recent converts join Islamist groups. Indeed, the Toronto 18, the recent arrests of men attempting to bomb synagogues in New York City and shoot down military planes, and the attack on a Little Rock U.S. Army-Navy recruiting office suggests we have enough Islamists in our midst without importing any others.
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