They stood by members of Canada’s military in Afghanistan. When our troops took fire, they took fire. They are the Afghan interpreters who rejected Taliban and Al Qaeda, who ignore threats of violence and death and chose to align themselves with ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) and assist allied militaries battling terrorists and terrorism in Afghanistan.
He calls himself Alex and is such an Afghan interpreter. His life is under threat and the Taliban are closing in. Not long ago this threat letter was thrown into the compound where Alex had briefly been staying. “You —- ——, resident of Helmand province, we found out and we have reports that you are working as a linguist with foreigners in Kandahar province. We don’t hesitate killing your family and we are looking for you in all the provinces of Afghanistan, according to the word of leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid.”
Alex is desperate to come to Canada. Masked gunmen have already tried to assassinate him. Alex missed the cut off date for linguists assisting Canadian troops to obtain a visa to enter Canada. He tells me he didn’t know there was a cut off date. In any event, he had been on operations with Canadian soldiers at the visa deadline in 2011.
Contrast Alex and his fate to that of Canadians who left this country for Syria to swear loyalty to and participate with the genocidal murderers of ISIS. Now, as some are filtering back into Canada, they do so under what appears to be the direct protection of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. No effort is being made to prosecute ISIS returnees. To the contrary, Trudeau has spoken of how they may contribute to Canada in an “extraordinary” manner. Grotesque, yet not really surprising from a Prime Minister who clearly has a soft-spot for extremists.
Prior to being elected Prime Minister, Trudeau made it known that as PM he would bury bill C-24 which permitted the repeal of Canadian citizenship from convicted terrorists who were also dual citizens. To Trudeau “convicted terrorists” are deserving of all protections and benefits of being Canadian, even if the convicted dual citizen terrorist had caused mass loss of Canadian life in the most vicious of ways and had followed the path to Canadian citizenship with the expressed intent of putting the privilege of citizenship to use in order to facilitate a murderous assault. Enter bill C-6.
Zakaria Amara was a leader of the so-called Toronto 18 whose objective was to detonate explosives laden trucks in Toronto’s financial district during rush hour. They trained in Ontario. Amara, found guilty of terrorism and imprisoned saw his Canadian citizenship revoked by Canada’s Conservative Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander. With the passing of C-6, Alexander’s successor, Liberal Ahmed Hussen informed Amara his Canadian citizenship would be returned.
Alex, on air with me, said this to Canada’s government “you can accept 25,000 Syrians and their lives are threatened. What about the 100 Afghan people whose lives are at risk. Are you just going to turn your back on us?” The answer appears to be yes.
The Trudeau government is quite comfortable readmitting individuals who swore allegiance to ISIS, deemed “genocidal” in Canada’s parliament, but is also willing to consign to a gruesome death the relatively few in Afghanistan who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian troops in battle.
Zakaria Amara or Alex? Who has earned the protection and thanks of Canada?