In Justin Trudeau’s Canada, if I mention the Islamist ties of Akbardzhon Dzhalilov, the 22-year-old suspected of carrying out the subway bombing that killed 14 in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday, am I guilty of Islamophobia?
What if I also mention that Khalid Masood, the man who mowed down scores of pedestrians, killing three, and stabbed a police officer to death outside the British Parliament last week, was a convert to Islam? Am I guilty of a crime against Canada’s new politically correct speech codes?
I admit, what constitutes a Muslim terror attack is not always black-and-white. Was London’s Masood driven by Islamist fervor or by his long, troubled criminal past? Or maybe a bit of both?
And what about Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, the Syrian refugee arrested at West Edmonton Mall in February after he allegedly groped six underage girls in the mammoth mall’s waterpark? There are lots of non-Muslim creeps in the world not motivated by their faiths who molest children. Soleiman’s immigration status and faith may well have nothing to do with his alleged crime.
Consider, too, the fact that the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center says while the religion of terror victims is known in only about half of attacks, where it is known, the victims are other Muslims about 90 per cent of the time.
Of the five countries where Muslims commit terror attacks the most, four are Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
However, the case against radical Islam is straightforward enough to say this very un-Trudeau thing: Islam has a problem.