Thursday, October 23, 2014

ISIS crisis: the West keeps missing warning signs

On October 22, 2014, the reign of terror continued in Canada. A soldier was gunned down, while guarding a war memorial. That violent act was followed by the shootout in the halls of the Canadian Parliament. The attacker was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, also known as Michael Joseph Hall, a recent convert to Islam. Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly designated as a “high-risk traveler” and his passport was seized by the government. After the attack, ISIS affiliates reportedly posted his photograph on Twitter.

Just two days earlier, a man who Canadian authorities said was "radicalized," deliberately hit two soldiers with his car, killing one and injuring another. The attacker, Martin Rouleau Couture, was then shot and killed. If there was any doubt about his motivation, the perpetrator called a 911 dispatcher to explain that he was “acting in the name of Allah.” He reportedly converted to Islam in April 2013 and started to call himself Ahmad Rouleau, as well as Abu Ibrahim AlCanadi.