Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme in a recent interview that he believes ISIS fighters returning to Canada from the battlefield have excellent potential to be de-radicalized and to become “powerful” voices of prevention.
“There’s a range of experiences when people come home,” Trudeau said. “We know that actually someone who has engaged and turned away from that hateful ideology can be an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization in future generations and younger people within the community.”
That’s the exact opposite opinion of Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale who believes the chances of a jihadist having a change of heart is slim to none:
"If you want to have a good solid hope of some kind of successful intervention, it has to be at a much earlier stage. You have to prevent the problem before it exists.
"Once a person has been in a war zone, once they’ve been actively engaged in terrorist-related activities, the capacity to turn them around is pretty remote. That’s why you have to use the other tools, including collecting the evidence and prosecuting wherever and whenever you can.”
We wonder if Trudeau will volunteer to be the one that talks to a returning ISIS fighter and see if he can change their mind. Perhaps he could just charm the suicide belt right off him!