Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Canada’s capital is a small sleepy city of less than a million. Its average annual murder rate is only 10. That’s a weekend in Chicago. But last year something strange happened to Ottawa’s murder rate.
It shot up to 24 homicides.
The last two murders were of Somali Muslim sisters Asma and Nasiba. Their murderer was their brother, Musab A-Noor. Despite the obvious history of Muslim honor killings of women, often carried out by brothers against their sisters, Musab was found “unfit” to stand trial. A director at the Somali Centre for Family Services insisted that Somali settlers in the city need more mental health funding.
Something certainly seems to be needed.
2016 in Ottawa ended with a Muslim murder in December and it began with a Muslim murder in January. Mohamed Najdi was killed by five other Muslim men. Mohamed had probably been shot in connection with the 2015 shooting of yet another Muslim man by an accused killer named Mohammad.
And we mustn’t confuse Mohamed with Mohammad.
At January’s end, Marwan Arab, Ottawa’s second homicide victim, was shot, along with his cousin. Both men were members of the Algonquin Muslim Students Association. One of the Arab cousins allegedly had links to a terror suspect. The shooting led to more arrests of Muslims for plotting another attack.
In March, Christina Voelzing became Ottawa’s sixth murder victim. The 24-year-old Algonquin college student was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Behnam Yaali. Yaali, a drug smuggler, was represented by a lawyer who also specializes in refugee law.
Twenty-four hours after almost being allowed to walk free after pleading guilty to robbery, Idris Abdulgani was arrested for murdering Lonnie Leafloor, a 56-yearold former truck driver, by stabbing him in the back of the neck.
And that was Ottawa’s seventh murder.
Of the first seven murders in Ottawa, six involved Muslims as victims or perpetrators and one is ambiguous. Almost half of the total murders in Ottawa last year involved Muslims. The same had also been true for the previous year.
Meanwhile in 2014, Ottawa witnessed a Muslim honor killing and the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill by Abdallah Bulgasem Zehaf, a Libyan Muslim terrorist, whose actions were blamed on, predictably enough, mental illness. Abdallah had wanted peace, but argued that, “There can’t be world peace until there’s only Muslims.” There can’t, apparently for that matter, be peace in Ottawa with Muslims.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a vehement advocate of Muslim colonization, had declared that Canada was the “first postnational state”.
“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” the radical leftist leader had insisted.
But in the rest of Ottawa, outside the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive, the postnational state is measured out in bullets. Ottawa has seen its deadliest killing sprees in decades. And a disturbing percentage of these horrifying crimes have links to organized Muslim gang violence either through the victim or the perpetrator. Ottawa’s gang violence is beginning to resemble Chicago on a smaller scale.
The postnational state is a place where a Somali or a Kuwaiti can come to Canada and kill. It’s a vacuum with no “core identity” and no “mainstream” that is being filled by violence exported from abroad.
When the 2016 murder rate was only at 7, Ottawa’s Major Crime Unit was already stretched thin. Imagine it at 24. In 2016, Ottawa was still struggling with the 2006 murder of drug dealer Mohamed Zalal. The case of his Muslim killer has been dragging on for a decade. Meanwhile Canada is still trying to deport accused Al Qaeda sleeper agent Mohamed Harkat. Harkat was first arrested in 2002.
(But let’s not confuse these Mohameds with those Mohammeds.)
Superintendent Don Sweet of the Ottawa police has warned that the murder spike may be a “new normal”. But that new normal is what life in the capital of a postnational state with open borders looks like.
And murder is only at the very extreme tip of the bloody iceberg.
The ByWard market has become a magnet for violence. One summer weekend saw six stabbing victims. Police arrested Mohamed Hamed Mohamed and Ali Abbari. Mohamed already appeared to have been arrested in the Arab shooting case earlier that year. In the fall, ByWard saw a shooting, a beating and a stabbing.
Also last year, three Muslim men in Ottawa were sentenced for trying to join ISIS. Another Ottawa Muslim fighting with ISIS was accused of sending a death threat through Facebook. In the Blair Transitway attack, two Muslims were among those charged with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl.
But enough is never enough for the left.
Ottawa has its own “Little Syria” where over a thousand migrants have been dumped. The mass migration quickly overwhelmed local resources. And the Muslim migrants have become a burden on food banks. There are already tens of thousands of Somali settlers in Ottawa forming their own outpost.
A good deal of the Muslim gang violence emerges from Somalis as well as other Muslim refugees. And Somali gang violence is a terrifying problem that has scarred Canadian and American cities.
Syrian Muslim migrant dumping will add another level to the violence and terror that already exists.
"When we think about integration and success we can't be overly impatient," Justin Trudeau insisted.
And so the grand postnational experiment, with its associated terror plots, shootings, stabbings and rapes continues. And Canadians mustn’t be impatient at being occasionally shot or stabbed. You can’t integrate a colonial Islamic population without breaking a lot of Canadian skulls.
This experiment has troubling implications for the United States and for the rest of the world.
Canada’s liberal migration policies have a history of spilling over into Islamic terror attacks against America like the LAX bombing plot. And the transformation of a nation into a postnational disaster shows the consequences of opening borders and closing minds all too clearly.
Last year, Obama declared, “We need more Canada.” As America and Europe move toward sane national policies, the left has held up Canada’s ignorant leader as an exemplar of post-nationalism.
Meanwhile in the morgues and cemeteries of Canada’s capital, the prisons and hospitals, the horrifying human cost of the post-national experiment is all too tragically clear.