World Bulletin/News Desk
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Canada’s role in the U.S.-lead coalition fight against ISIL but if a recent tweet is any indication, revenge may be a factor.
The Canadian government has tried to keep a veil of secrecy about bombings by its air force of ISIL targets in Iraq, but an air force commander has broken the silence.
Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin posted on Twitter a photograph Saturday from the funeral of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was the victim of a hit-and-run by a “radicalized” lone convert.
The photograph was accompanied by a note.
“Dear ISIL, thinking of you. Some of my colleagues are in your area. Hopefully, they’ll have a chance to drop by.”
The tweet was removed by Monday.
“The comments made by Lt.-Gen. Blondin were inappropriate and have been removed,” said a spokesman from Defense Minister Rob Nicholson’s office. “Our government remains committed to degrading the ISIL threat to protect Canadians at home and our interests abroad.”
Two days after Vincent was killed, a gunman who was also characterized as being radicalized, killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, an unarmed sentry on duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The gunman then stormed the Parliament buildings where he was killed in a hail of bullets.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, met with Vincent’s killer, Martin Couture Rouleau, just 11 days before the attack that ran down two soldiers in Quebec. He was also detained and questioned at the airport in July as he tried to board a plane for Turkey. His passport was seized but there was no evidence to hold or charge him, the RCMP said.
Police met several times with the Vincent's killer, his family and his spiritual leader, trying to get Couture Rouleau to drop his fanaticism.
There are about 90 people being monitored by the RCMP as possible threats to national security – Couture Rouleau was one of them – and some experts say it is time to employ a program to “deradicalize” individuals caught up in extremist ideology.
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