Expecting your teen to calm down under the influence of a religion that urges violence and killing is rather optimistic. Damian Clairmont, aka
Abu Talha al-Canadi never did calm down. Until the Syrian Civil War calmed him down permanently.
Al-Gharib converted to Islam following a two-year period of personal anguish in his teens that included him dropping out of high school, a diagnosis for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt at age 17.
“He had some trouble as a teenager. When he converted to Islam, initially his family thought that this would be the thing that would calm him down. And eventually it did,” said CBC News senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, who interviewed al-Gharib’s mother last year.
And by calmed down, she means he joined Al Qaeda.
In November 2012, al-Gharib informed his mother that he was leaving Canada for Egypt, where he would study to become an imam.
But then Damian decided studying was hard and killing was easy and all that being an Imam would accomplish would be to let him tell others to kill.
Al-Gharib’s contact with his mother became increasingly infrequent as time passed, and his text messages “became increasingly angry about Canada, increasingly determined to be there fighting,” said Arsenault, based on conversations with his mother.
But then the rebellion began to collapse and the various Islamist terror groups began fighting each other.
Word of the death of al-Gharib, known in militant circles as Abu Talha al-Canadi, first appeared on social media Tuesday morning by way of an American jihadist fighter who apparently knew al-Gharib personally.
“My Bro Abu Talha al-Canadi [was] executed by FSA!” tweeted the fighter, who identifies himself online as Abu Turab al-Muhajir.
Another post linked al-Gharib to the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a hardline militant organization fighting throughout Iraq and Syria. But there are also conflicting media reports that said he was a member of a separate shadowy group, Jabhat Al Nusra.
Both groups are listed as terrorist organizations, reportedly linked to al-Qaeda.
Finally the Free Syrian Army did something useful.
“The benefit for myself in terms of worldly life is most certainly back in Canada where I could see my family, indulge in fornication and infidelity legally and limitlessly and stagger around poisoned on intoxicants,” Al-Kanadi wrote. But then he found that Islam’s promise of eternal intoxication, fornication and infidelity in paradise was so much better.
“Islam’s concept of working for an afterlife that never ends. An eternity in Paradise cannot to traded for 70 years (if that) of this place.”
Good luck collecting from Mohammed on those virgins and dancing boys.