Western civilization today faces a transcontinental challenge to its very existence.
It is 14 years since Islamism launched its war on the West by the forces of international jihad.
The problem of radicalization in the Muslim community depends on which Muslim community you're talking about in some the problem of radicalization is very widespread, deeply entrenched, embedded and framed in terms of an Islam-versus-the-infidel scenario leading up to an end-of-time Armageddon.
The support structure that exists for Islam-based terrorism or radicalization, or Islamism, which is a starting point of someone being a jihadist, is multi-faceted.
At its base are the Islamist organizations and mosque-based groups who lay the seeds of radicalization not necessarily in the recruitment of terrorists but in the politicization of the sermons that whip up a sense of victimhood of Muslims while cultivating a hatred of non-Muslims and other groups such as gays and women who demand equality and who refuse to wear head wraps or be encased in burkas.
Most mosques around the world start their Friday congregation with a prayer that asks Allah to give victory to the Muslims over the Kuffar, or the infidels — that is, people like you. The glorification and radicalization is endemic and ubiquitous in the sermons and teachings to very young adults, as can be verified from incidents in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Every Islamic hero in the last 1,400 years has been a jihadist who is celebrated for his — there are no her — exploits in defeating Christians, Jews, Hindus or pagans.
There's no such thing as de-radicalization. It is one of the biggest money-making ventures that was ever introduced after 9/11. Experience in Saudi Arabia shows that every one of the radicals released under the guarantee of the Saudi government from GiTMO turned back and are now fighting on the side of ISIS.
Let me give you an example of what Islamism is. Islamism is like an agricultural enterprise. Tilling the soil is different from planting and sowing the seed. Irrigating the soil is not the same as spreading pesticide to keep the parasites away. When it comes to harvesting the crop, the act is different than the sale of the crop. Dear senators, some Islamists plant the seed, while others harvest the crop of jihadists as recruiters.
To suggest that those who plant the seed should eradicate the crop before the harvest is a fool's dream.
I have some specific recommendations:
Lay hate speech charges against any Muslim cleric who hides behind religious rights to attack and demonize members of another faith or another religion, as is done every Friday in every mosque of this country.
Every mosque must be monitored for such hate speech where the word Kuffar is invoked to hide the real target, which is Hindus, Christians and Jews.
Any mosque indulging in active politics must have their charitable status revoked. We have the law; we simply don't implement it.
Donations of more than $20 at all religious institutions must be made by cheque or credit card to cut off the possibility of money laundering, which I have witnessed.
Immigration from Pakistan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq and Syria must be suspended until Canada can be assured that the security documents, identity papers and university degrees cannot be bought in the black market or from state agencies.
Identify Muslim groups who are hostile to Islamists and enable them to fight Islamism ... from the sowing of the seed to the harvesting of the crop.
I will suggest my final recommendation, which might seem very trivial but is extremely significant in what message we send out. We should ban the burka in public, as the example set by the Republic of France and that has been upheld by the European Human Rights Commission and the court for two reasons.
First, the robbery could very well be a terrorist attack by men wearing burkas, which has happened. Second, by saying that we as Canadians refuse and reject a value that suggests that women are the source of all sin and therefore should be restricted in the home, we will send a clear message that if you wish to wear a burka, you're free to wear it in your home, but on our streets, we would not want our children to be scared of people who wear clothes that literally frighten infants.
How the world works in the realm of Islamism. We don't need a structure. Many of the things that I have pointed out are generated in the minds of infants, of five-year-old boys who are dressed up as medieval invaders of Europe. My name Tarek is a name given to me because of the general who invaded Spain in the year 711. It doesn't need the infrastructure..
The ideology of Islamism has escaped attention from everyone, we are fighting an enemy that is structured around a death cult of a fascist ideology, one that considers Earth to be a transit lounge to the final destination where life will begin after death in paradise. To most people in the West, it seems like a joke; to every Muslim, it is a fact of life.
Of course not all Germans were Nazis. But did we sit around the conference room during the Second World War saying, ''Oh, what happens if a German got upset?''
I suggest that 14 years is long enough for not a single mosque imam to say, ''I renounce the doctrine of jihad.'' What would it take for someone to say, in this day and age, the doctrine of armed jihad is inapplicable, inadmissible and we live as nation states? We do not have communities based on inherited race or religion. Our citizenship is based on human-created laws that can be changed by subsequent generations, not divine text sent by messengers that are immutable for all times.
You cannot produce one de-radicalized person in the last 14 years. Each person who is marketing himself as a former radical is doing so for financial purposes. You show me one person who says that he has been de-radicalized, one former radical from GTMO who says that jihad is inapplicable.
For me and many secular liberal colleagues, we know this is a war declared on us.
This is a rare opportunity for me because nobody wishes to speak to the ordinary Muslim. Ninety per cent of us don't go to a mosque, senator. Ninety per cent of us have no affiliation with any mosque. We are architects, we are cab drivers, we may even be pole dancers, but none of us dresses up in that medieval costume that is in a racist way, imposed on us as an identity.
Do you think after 25 years I need to dress like a Saudi to be believed by you that I'm an authentic Muslim? This is blackface in my face. I am not a joker. I'm a Muslim Canadian. I came here to escape those tyrants,
How do you encourage others who are truly moderate to speak as well?
Mr. Fatah: You will be surprised. I heard the gentleman before me talk about Internet security. I am the person banned on Facebook. Seriously. I am a danger to Facebook.
On a social network that hosts ISIS, prostitution gangs and drug gangs, it is me, as a Sun columnist, whose profile is banned. When I get a death threat, the police investigate me in Toronto. Who comes to investigate me? The head of Toronto police intelligence is one of my co-religionists.
''Do you think I deserve to get jihadis?'' Would he go to a mosque where women are sent to the back of the bus?
Senators, you cannot fight radicalization if you believe that women deserve to sit in the back of the bus. Every mosque I know except for two send their women to the basements, behind balconies or in the last row. The RCMP, the Liberals, Conservative and New Democrat politicians go there, look at that, and never once did they say, ''I'd like to see a sister in the front row.'' They dare not because they would be accused of being racist.
Some of us listen to your hearings live, and I heard either CSIS or the RCMP say they do not investigate mosques. Nobody asked why. If the RCMP is in agreement with the mosques that they will give 24-hour notice before they enter, is this a victory for the RCMP or for those who think that the Friday prayers should start with a prayer asking for the defeat of infidels and the victory of Muslims?
We cannot expect our security agencies to do community outreach. They're neither trained nor responsible for that. Their job is crime prevention. This is not criminal activity. This is war. This is terror. If we can't call it war and terror and refer to it as criminal activity, we have already lost the war. Hitler didn't commit a crime when he invaded Poland. He committed a crime when he killed the Jews. When he invaded Poland, Austria, Denmark and France, he committed war.
We are living in a different age when states are not attacking us but non-state actors want to kill us, and they're recruiting from within us. These are not deprived, uneducated kids, but two Quebecois, sons of the soil, came from us and killed our own soldiers. Nobody has asked who converted them to Islam. Not a single person has asked these questions: What was that contact point? Who was the individual?
Not journalists, not politicians, no Liberal, no Conservative, no New Democrat, nobody dared ask this question because that would be racist, wouldn't it? If I had to solve a crime, my first point is who recruited you to the mafia? If it was criminal, wouldn't that be the first question?
This guy killed his own countrymen, and we don't want to know who made him do that?
I would like to know how the community leaders could prevent radicalization?
Mr. Fatah: That is an excellent question, senator. Community leaders are leaders of cultural communities, not religious clerics who are paid to show us the moral compass of how to live as good human beings. If you go to any Muslim event, it will look different than what your mosque looks like. Go to any wedding with me, and I will tell you that you won't see the hijabs and burkas you see at the mosques. The way to reach the community leaders is to reach with the cultural communities that sing and dance the way Canadians do.
[you] have focused on Muslims as if the only thing a Muslim does is preach and pray. That's not what we are. We are just like you. We don't like going to the mosque. We go there and we have to sit. We are old; we can't sit on the floor, many of us. We are 65 now. The guy is always boring. He has the microphone. He is like the 12th century Catholic priest speaking in Latin, which I can't understand. Eighty per cent of Canada's Muslims don't understand Arabic, and 100 per cent of the sermons are in Arabic. For goodness' sake, that's not where our community leaders are.
I'm not a community leader. I'm just a journalist. Senator Ataullahjan is a community leader. She's a senator. She should be the community leader. The RCMP should work with her. There was another Muslim senator. There are members of Parliament. They're community leaders. They get elected, MPs, whether they're New Democrats, Liberal or Conservative. They are the leaders.
If the imams have to become leaders, let them fight elections and get into Parliament. Parliamentarians are the leaders. We elect you. We respect you, whether we oppose you or not.
But don't tell me that I need a 12th century monk from the Sinai to tell me what to do with landing on the comet. This doesn't work.
So stop meeting with people of the 12th century; start meeting with people of the 21st century.
Britain is paying the price for not having Muslims to come out. It wasn't easy for us.
What are the two things that happen when a Muslim stands up against the mullahs? He doesn't get a plot to bury himself or his parents in the graveyard. He's never invited to a wedding or birthday party, which, in a marginalized community, is social ostracization, which destroys the very soul of the first-generation immigrant because he's not entertained by anyone. The social pressures are such that they affect you back home.
The very people involved in this moral crime of forcing people not to be Canadian are rewarded by politicians, police and the intelligentsia.
I don't want this outreach. Please stay away. Keep away from us. When somebody issues a death threat [to me] and the police come to my house to investigate me for making a false claim, what does it tell my children? They sent Muslim police officers to my home. Senators, it is a comedy of errors what is happening, but very few will tell you this because nobody wants to wash the dirty linen in public.
Mr. Fatah: Senator, I resent the fact that you are teaching me my religion, number one. You will have to live 65 years of my life — 10 years in Saudi Arabia and 30 years in Pakistan and 25 years here — to dare to tell me what is Islam.
Number two, I did not say they incite violence. Those are words that you are putting in my mouth. You should not do that. You are a senator. You should be the role model not to change my words.