Canada’s Ministry of Defense refrains from using the term “Islamic terrorism” so Muslims will not get offended
The Ministry of Defence has recently launched a public consultation to develop a new defence policy for Canada.
The Mandate Letter sent by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan instructed the latter to “conduct an open and transparent review process to create a new defence strategy for Canada, replacing the now-outdated Canada First Defence Strategy.”
Canadians are encouraged by the Ministry of Defence to participate and make their voice heard in the Defence Policy Review public consultation process that will conclude at the end of July 2016. The defence policy will be released in early 2017.
As a background information, the Ministry of Defence issued a booklet entitled “Defence Policy Review – Public Consultation Document – 2016”, which summarizes the main security challenges Canada faces, including the threats of international and home-grown terrorism.
Only three major terrorist organizations, all Islamic, are mentioned in the document: the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate), Al-Qaida and Boko Haram.
The Ministry of Defence acknowledges that the roots of terrorism can be found also in religion, but refrains from including Shiite Iran and its proxies (Hezbollah, Houthis and others) in the list of security threats.
The term “Islamic terrorism” has not being used by the Ministry of Defence which also did not define the so-called “political Islam”, mainly represented by the global Muslim Brotherhood movement (Sunni), as a threat to Canada, even though its objectives are similar to those of ISIS in terms of striving to establish the Islamic State, spreading Islam globally to achieve an Islamic dominance and enforcing the Islamic Law (Sharia).
The document poses among others the following questions:
How should Canada fight terrorism, which finds its roots deep in the regional historical, economic, social, religious, ethnic, and demographic conditions?
How can the Canadian military be most effective against terrorism?
What tools do the CAF need?
Are there any threats to Canada’s security that are not being addressed adequately?
The following are excerpts of the document that deal with the threat of terrorism:
“Canada continues to support coalition efforts to degrade the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) through Operation IMPACT, and remains concerned about other terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Preventing the rise of terrorism in ungoverned spaces will continue to be a challenge, as violent extremist organizations increase their geographic reach.”
“Additionally, the threat of terrorism on North American soil continues to exist. On request National Defence routinely collaborates with and provides support to Canadian security authorities to meet these challenges.”
“Counter-Terrorism – Managing the Defence Security Nexus. The persistence of the terrorist threat around the world is a key
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