When the Edmonton Eskimos played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Saturday, it was military appreciation night and CF-18 fighter jets soared above. Police officer Mike Chernyk was directing traffic in the Alberta city when a white Chevrolet Malibu crashed into the officer, knocking him high in the air, as the Edmonton Journal put it, “like a puppy’s chew toy,” but this was not an accident.
As the video shows, the driver emerged from the car and began stabbing the fallen officer in the head and face. Chernyk fought him off but the attack did not end there. The assailant fled and incredibly enough, the wounded policeman duly chased the assailant. He got in a white U-Haul van and started running down people on the streets of Edmonton, injuring four innocent bystanders.
Police set up roadblocks and the attacker duly crashed. Police arrested him and found an ISIS flag in his car, but in the early going information was slow to emerge.
In a statement on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the “terrorist attack” was “another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against,” adding, “We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”
On Sunday, Canadians learned the attacker was Somali refugee Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30. As it happened, this guy had a history with Canadian authorities.
He told co-workers of his hatred for Shia Muslims and his support for the Islamic State. Canada’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) interviewed Hasan Sharif in 2015 but deemed him not to be a threat.
After Saturday’s attack, members of Edmonton’s Somali community told reporters they knew nothing of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. A statement allegedly representing the community says “This individual has no place in our community” but by all indications he did have a place there.
After the attack, Edmonton police cautioned the public against making “broad assumptions” in regard to religion, race or nationality of the attacker. As some might have assumed, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif turned out to be a Somali Muslim jihadist and flag-waving supporter of the Islamic State.
One of his former co-workers told the CBC “he definitely had genocidal beliefs. . . . He had major issues with polytheists. He said they need to die. That sort of thing.” Apparently, none of that emerged in the vetting process before the Somali Muslim entered Canada in 2012.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif thus explodes the notion that Muslim refugees pose no danger to the public. So does Mohamed Rafia, a Syrian refugee living in New Brunswick. In May, Rafia beat his wife with a hockey stick, for half an hour, hit her in the face, and threatened to kill her.
The Muslim refugee claimed he didn’t know that such violence was against the law in Canada. It’s okay in Islamic law, which allows men to admonish wives and “send them to beds apart and beat them.” Rafia got eight days in jail and one year of probation.
The story got little attention in the establishment media, but Conservative politician Kellie Leitch was blasted for tweeting: “A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick. That’s the legacy of Trudeau’s Syrian refugee program.”
“We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. He doesn’t call it Islamic violent extremism, but the Prime Minister has clearly allowed it to take root in Canada.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of attempted murder, but as the RCMP’s Stacey Talbot said Monday, the attacker will not face terrorism charges because the investigation is supposedly in the “infancy” stage. Victims could be forgiven for seeing that as leniency. Likewise, the Somali Muslim is a black man and the policeman he tried to kill, Mike Chernyk, is white, but Canadian authorities did not charge Sharif with a hate crime.
What penalty the Somali will draw remains uncertain. Canada recently awarded $10.5 million, plus an apology, to convicted al Qaida fighter Omar Khadr. That windfall doubtless gave terrorists worldwide a motivational surge.
Canada’s ruling class can no longer distinguish between friends and enemies. On the other hand, they do teach a valuable lesson on refugee policy. Somali Muslim refugee Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who had genocidal beliefs, was not properly vetted. A ballpark figure for the number of people like that who should enter the United States is zero.
Meanwhile, on the front lines, Canadians are performing in heroic fashion. After being rammed with a car and stabbed, Mike Chernyk gets up and pursues the terrorist. In 2014, after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down a soldier near the Canadian Parliament, sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, promptly blew away the terrorist.
In June, a Canadian sniper picked off an Islamic State fighter from 2.2 miles, a new world record, and the marksman disrupted a potentially deadly operation by the terrorist group. As the anthem says, those are plus brillants exploits and those brave men are standing on guard for thee.