O’ Canada, Islamic extremism is growing in your country

We don't think of Canada as a hotbed of terrorism, but homegrown radicalization is growing rapidly in our northern neighbor. Photo: Canada has a radicalization problem (wikipedia)

CHARLOTTENovember 7, 2013 – Every day seems to bring a new revelation about the growth of radical Islam throughout the world. A new report confirms that Islamic radicals are now increasing in large numbers in, of all places, Canada.

In an article for the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), which is recognized as “the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist groups, contributor Abigail Esman reports that the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) confirms that large numbers of Canadians are being radicalized in venues that not only include mosques but dinner parties and family residences as well.

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One assessment reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) claims that “with the exception of the United States, there are more terrorist groups active in Canada today than in any other country in the world.”

No less than 25 individuals, nearly all of whom are between the ages of 18 and 35, have been involved in four plots inside Canada in the past seven years. Though the bulk of the activity still remains abroad, the rapidly growing internal radicalization in Canada combined with homegrown plots is a cause for concern. It also indicates that other nearby regions are being influenced such as Midwesterners in the United States living in areas such as Dearborn, Michigan.

Among the schemes that have been thwarted in Canada were a plot to behead the prime minister, a bombing attack on a passenger train between New York and Toronto and another bombing effort to blow up the British Columbian Provincial legislature in Victoria on Canada Day (July 1).

As Esman states, not all the terrorist activity is violent. A significant portion has also been financial. In fact, Canada’s history of providing funds for a variety of terrorist activities is considerably longer than its radicalization efforts. Unfortunately, the radicalization process today is extremely active and growing at an alarming rate.

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Though the Muslim population in Canada is not as large as the U.S., it is believed that significantly more Canadian Muslim converts have left the country to join radical groups in Syria than their American counterparts.

None of which bodes well for North America because extremist activities are difficult to control and eliminating converts is virtually impossible. As a result, the cancer of Islamism spreads like a contagious disease that infects everything with which it makes contact.

Already Canada has experienced a number of high profile honor killings. A few similar incidents have been reported in the U.S. but, thankfully, they have been far more infrequent by comparison.

Perhaps most alarming is the high percentage of Canadian Muslims who favor instituting Sharia law in Canada. Eighty-eight percent of the Islamic population supports such a move.

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Certain areas in Canada, like Dearborn in the U.S. for example, are becoming known for their radicalized tendencies. So much so that many have already labeled them as “hotbeds” for extremism. What is disheartening about their existence however, is the seeming ambivalence to the on-going rapidity of the growth.

Already the International Institute for Counterterrorism has, as Abigail Esman points out, come to the conclusion that it is impossible to stop radicalization. That being the case, the problem will only continue to increase and spread throughout the globe.

If Islamism is impossible to stop, then we must find a way to neutralize it at the very least. It sounds like a reasonable proposition, but success is contingent upon awareness and the extremists are counting on the fact that the world will awaken only after it is too late to solve the problem.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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