Islamist terrorists in the Philippines release video of Canadian hostages - while Trudeau takes selfies and dines with Obama
It's 6 months since these Canadian citizens were taken hostage on holiday in The Philippines. Trudeau's policy of love, likes and hugs for Islamism hasn't worked.
What would Turnbull do in similar circumstances? Please God we never find out.
Put down fork, Trudeau, and help Canadian hostages
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” even if he’s a terrorist.
How about Canadian tourists?
Kidnapped in the Philippines six months ago, two were callously displayed on video Thursday by militant captors who outlined $60-million ransom demands.
While Trudeau and wife Sophie hobnobbed at the White House with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, it certainly wasn’t high times for Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall.
Al-Qaida-affiliated Abu Sayyaf terrorists took them at gunpoint from the southern resort island of Samal in September and are believed to be keeping them in the jungle on Jolo island.
The video, according to Reuters, shows the two Canadians and two other hostages crouched on the ground with gunmen standing over them.
Calgary’s Ridsdel delivers a stark message: “To the Canadian prime minister and to the Canadian people in the world: Please, do as needed to meet their demands within one month or they will kill me, they will execute us.”
Reuters reports a kidnapper says: “If you think your policy is far better for you than the lives of these captives, certainly we will do something terrible.”
Imagine if Stephen Harper was prime minister — the Liberals and their media partners would be screaming. When journalist Mohamed Fahmy was behind bars in Egypt, Trudeau said Harper had “an obligation to use the full force of the Prime Minister’s Office to help Canadian citizens when they are unjustly imprisoned abroad. His inaction must end today.”
Trudeau was busy with the state dinner of Colorado lamb and “white chocolate snowballs, golden raisin tarts, fleur de sel caramels and chocolate coconut slices” for dessert, so he didn’t comment about the imposition and rude timing.
Even at the APEC Summit in the Philippines in November, Trudeau didn’t address the hostage situation but took selfies with screaming girls who said the handsome leader reminded them of Superman.
Even though Trudeaumedia will spin it as wise to stay clear of negotiating with terrorists, it might be difficult to convince the Hall and Ridsdel families that fancy photo-ops trump action to end their nightmare.
To be fair, it’s a good time for Trudeau to be a superhero for Ridsdel and Hall and save them from decapitation and show he’s the better prime minister.
A military extraction with our brave JTF2 counterterrorism commandos is one option.
Another would be to pressure the Philippines to cleanup its terror mess — stopping tens of millions in economic aid might do the trick.
Or, as Trudeau told 60 Minutes, “Being open and respectful towards each other is a much more powerful way to diffuse hatred and anger.”
Perhaps a hug for Abu Sayyaf? Whatever the approach, Canadians are waiting for Trudeau’s response.
Not before surveying the White House dessert tray, of course.