Canadians have been painfully confronted with the fact that some Canadians raised in Canada are receptive to extremist propaganda and manipulation. A number of them underwent a radicalization process and were successfully recruited for the ‘jihad against Canada’, with the ultimate prospect of martyrdom. This threat of radicalization is not unique to Canada, or the West, but is an issue facing a vast number of Muslim countries as well, and hence is a global issue.
These groups of individuals, who pose an imminent threat to our national security, were effectively radicalized over a period of time through a variety of means including the most recent phase of the radicalization, through the now globally pervasive internet-based extremist propaganda. These youth then 'broke away' from the mainstream values and beliefs shared by the majority of their respective communities, and instead adopt destructive and nascent forms of extremist doctrines.
We can state that while prior to September 11th, 2001, Canada was apparently faced with a very limited terrorist threat from abroad, this threat has definitively raised its ugly head and substantially grown not only abroad, but here in Canada. The threat of violence represented by Al Qaeda inspired extremism has grown into a considerable and permanent external and home grown threat. From a couple of specific cases in 2003 and 2004, namely that of Mansour Jabarah, and Momin Khwaja, to the arrests of the Toronto 18 group in 2006, it has appeared that a process of radicalization is present in Canada.
Details of the 2006 Toronto terrorism case revealed in court that the plot was a 'mimic' of the September 11th attacks, as 'the Battle for Toronto'. This foiled plan included a three-day bombing assault aimed at shutting the downtown core, crippling the economy, and killing civilians was planned. The plot was crafted for deployment on September 11th, 2006, and designed to make the July 7th, 2005 London bombings which killed 52 people and injured 700 people look 'small'.
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