Islamic jihadist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who recently shot the Canadian solder, had previously planned to travel to the Middle East in to join fellow jihadists, but the Canadian authorities had revoked his passport.
Similarly, fellow Canadian jihadist Martin Couture-Rouleau who drove a car into two soldiers the previous day, killing one of them, also had his passport revoked by the Canadian Government.
Other countries along with Canada who have revoked the passports of its ‘citizens’ who are hot for jihad include Australia, and New Zealand.
Perhaps it's time for western nations including New Zealand to revisit this policy. It is not unreasonable to suggest that both of the murdered Canadian soldiers would still be alive if their killers had been allowed to leave the country, and take their hatred back to the killing fields of Syria and Iraq.
Today there would be two less families grieving over the deaths of their loved ones.
Furthermore, the remaining citizens of all three countries would be considerably safer given that ‘travel banned’ Islamic jihadists are still roaming the streets of our cities presumably looking for similar opportunities to strike against the hated infidel.
The present policy exists because our politicians naively believed that these men would be radicalized in Syria and Iraq, and become a danger when they returned home. Everyone else has always known that the reason these men wanted to travel to Islamic war zones was because they were already radicalized. If these two soldiers deaths are to count for anything, our politicians will realize their mistake, and now deport these jihadists with the cancelled passports to the Middle East, and all others who share their aspirations.
Unfortunately, the reluctance of our Political elite to accept that Islamic ideology is the motivation for these atrocities has hindered them from taking necessary action. The same politicians who rush to quarantine those infected with Ebola, choose instead to leave violent jihadists at liberty in our communities.
We have twice witnessed the deadly consequences of their failure. Is that enough to instigate a change of policy?