No author, Posted: Dec 07, 2014
Issue Overview and Course Connections
This article outlines a video posted from a Canadian-born ISIS member. He speaks of ISIS’s plan to carry out attacks on Canadian cities and warns “infidels” of the coming sharia law. This is relevant because it affects Canada greatly not only in the sense that we are named, but also in that the ISIS member is from Canada, showing that anyone can be radicalized.
Who? John Maguire, Ottawa man fighting for ISIS
What? A video received where he threatens Canada
When? December 2014
Where? Filmed in Syria
Why? John Maguire wants a caliphate under sharia law, the main goal of ISIS
The key stakeholders would be the Canadian government, Canadian citizens, and ISIS. Obviously Canadians will be worried that they may become the victims of an attack, but also that someone who seems completely normal and resides in an average Canadian city could be a member of a terrorist organization.
Political instability in Syria has caused radicalization among young Muslim men both at home and abroad. The propagation of terror through the news has led ISIS to using social media and other mediums to spread their messages.
This will likely show that anyone is prone to radicalization, not just Muslim men from the middle east. It may increase fear in Canada and possibly contribute to the stigma surrounding Islam.
Clearly the focus in on the fact that he is Canadian and is singling him out. However, this is fair because most ISIS members are Syrian nationals.