Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Salem Al-Hazni what do these names have in common, and why are they of any concern to anyone of us? These names have became synonymous with terrorism, these names have been associated with how North Americans deal with terrorism and see themselves in global issues. These are but a few of the names of the men who carried out one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. Further more they have created one of the greatest changes in thought and policy by western nations and the threats they may face. Canada has not been immune to these changes and realizations, with the loss of 22 Canadian Citizens in these attacks there was a greater urgency that they too could be a direct target and face similar acts. (9/11 Commission report)
“As the 9/11 Commission reported in 2004, all of the 9/11 terrorists arrived in the United States from outside North America. They flew in to major U.S. (United States) airports. They entered the U.S. with documents issued by the United States government, and no 9/11 terrorists came from Canada.” (National Post ) These comments were a relief to the Canadian government and the Canadian people to dispel rumors, fears and myths about what had transpired. However, the belief by many U.S. politicians and citizens still remains even after proof to the contrary was provided. This view is supported when agencies such as C.S.I.S. report that with the exception of the United States, Canada has more active terrorist groups than any other country in the world. (http://www.csis-scrs.gc.ca/prrts/trrrsm/index-eng.asp). This is a concern for the United States, a country that has experienced terrorism on its soil and has been targeted directly by groups such as Al-Qaeda. Where as Canada is being seen as "soft" on terrorism, which is causing many to be concerned.
In February 1998, the 40-year-old Saudi exile Usama Bin Ladin (Osama Bin Ladin) and a fugitive Egyptian physician, Ayman al Zawahiri, issued a ‘fatwa’ (an Islamic religious decree issued by the ulama) to all Muslims. In their Fatwa they claimed that America had declared war against God and his messenger, they called for the murder of any American, anywhere on earth, as the “individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it.” (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/international/fatwa_1998.html)
Three months later, when interviewed in Afghanistan by ABC-TV’s John Miller, Bin Ladin dwelled deeper on his fatwa. He claimed it was more important for Muslims to kill Americans than to kill other infidels. “It is far better for anyone to kill a single American soldier than to squander his efforts on other activities,” he said. Asked by the reporter whether he approved of terrorism and of attacks on civilians, he replied: “We believe that the worst thieves in the world today and the worst terrorists are the Americans. Nothing could stop you except perhaps retaliation in kind. We do not have to...