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LETTER: Stop repatriating ISIS fighters to Canada

A reader says that Canada must shut the door on returning ISIS fighters.

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RE: Calgary man charged with terror crimes after allegedly training with ISIS in Syria

The arrest of a Calgary man by the RCMP on terror-related charges linked to his time with the Islamic State should be a stern reminder to Canadians that the old foe of Islamic extremism hides beneath current tensions. The RCMP say there are 190 Canadians linked to Islamic terror groups. Sixty have returned to Canada. The most notorious organization, Islamic State, butchered its way across nations and conquered sizable territory and resources.

We should never forget that these groups intend us harm. ISIS, more than any other, seduced many individuals into committing crimes for them – many of these persons were never officially linked to Islamic State. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is right to counsel Ottawa to never allow the repatriation of ISIS fighters back into this country. Last month, Human Rights Watch accused Canada of abandoning some of these people inside prison camps variously controlled by the Kurds and the Turks.

The problem of terrorist repatriation is a global one. The Kurds and the Turks, by turns, have demanded their return and an end to their unwanted global responsibility. Britain’s appellate court has been lambasted by critics for allowing its former citizen, dubbed the Jihadi Bride, an ISIS member, to return home. Shamima Begum left Britain for Syria and stayed with the terror group for three years. Now sitting inside a refugee camp, she apparently begged to be repatriated. Britain’s Conservative MPs argue her return sets a dangerous precedent. They are correct in saying so.

Global, indeed Middle Eastern, security has always depended on a powerful alliance between the U.S, Israel, and a few Arab nations. States like Egypt and Jordan share military and economic partnerships with Israel. The American withdrawal from parts of the Middle East like Syria was a mistake. They enabled the Taliban to rebound and Hezbollah to resume attacking Israel. The China-Iran alliance could enable the tracking of Western forces. 

Christopher Mansour
Barrie, ON

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LETTER: Thanks for keeping the COVID debate civil

There is a great deal more weight and effectiveness from being polite without compromising the message.

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RE: Danielle Smith UNCENSORED speaks to three deplatformed doctors

Thank you for keeping this debate civil.  

I had a subscription to the Western Standard years ago, and had to let it go because while I deeply believed in and supported the information that was presented, it was done with such a rude and caustic rhetoric.  

There is a great deal more weight and effectiveness from being polite without compromising the message.  I respect that.  Danielle Smith and Dr. Modry are great examples of excellent presenting.  

Thank you for that

Sharmon Crane
Eckville, AB

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LETTER: Liberal Enbridge fight another stab in the heart for Albertans

Now, why would this particular issue be more relevant than the Keystone issue?

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RE: Analyst says Enbridge Line 5 fight shows Trudeau, Biden playing both sides on energy issues

Thanks for all your timely articles.

With all the issues that Alberta is facing regarding pipelines, I read recently that our Federal Natural Resources Minister, Seamus O’Regan, is now vowing to defend the Enbridge Line 5 issue with the state of Michigan. 

Now, why would this particular issue be more relevant than the Keystone issue?  Perhaps because Line 5 not only supplies oil to the States but also to refineries in Sarnia. 

Seems to me to be another twist of the knife to Albertans.

Lloyd Morgan
Rockyford, AB

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LETTER: Kenney should be a limbo dancer because of his COVID response

Kenney never discloses the “science” he claims to follow, something he steadfastly refuses to do, likely because he hasn’t any.

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RE: Kenney finally responds to top doc’s letter blasting his pandemic plans

Jasson Kenney’s response to Dr. Dennis Modry is typical political bafflegab. 

Kenney never discloses the “science” he claims to follow, something he steadfastly refuses to do, likely because he hasn’t any.  There is no science to support lockdowns and quarantining of healthy people because it’s never been done – so there can’t be any science. 

The data since these measures have been implemented, as reported by Stanford scientists in peer-reviewed literature, says the measures don’t stop any spread and may actually make it worse. 

Whatever Kenney is following, it’s not science, likely just the herd, as he’s just doing what everybody else is doing and calling that “leadership.” 

He should be a limbo dancer – no matter how low the hurdle, he can slide under it.

Barry McIntyre
Calgary, AB

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