Exporting extremism – for a time

Ronald Crelinsten

Adjunct prof. Ronald Crelinsten has had a column published in the Ottawa Citizen about the difficulty of preventing young Canadian men from travelling abroad to engage in terrorism.

Here is an excerpt:

"A surge of Westerners, numbering in the thousands, have joined the various militias seeking to overthrow the Syrian government. An estimated 3,000 are said to possess Western passports, including European, American and Canadian ones.

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder urged European nations to enact legislation criminalizing the preparation or planning of terrorist acts and the support of terrorist groups. He also emphasized the need for undercover operations aimed at identifying individuals planning a trip to Syria, improved international sharing of information and data about foreign fighters, and programs to counter violent extremism.

Like Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France and Norway have already passed laws aimed at preventing their citizens from traveling abroad to engage in terrorism.

This is easier said (legislated) than done (implemented)."

Read the full article in the Ottawa Citizen.