Syria after four years of conflict

Terry Moore
Prof. Kenneth Christie discusses Canada's latest responses to ISIS.

It’s been four years since the start of the conflict in Syria.

In Canada, a group of Canadian imams is condemning followers of the Islamic State as non-Muslims. Thirty-eight Muslim leaders from across the country have issued a fatwa against the group currently trying to attract supporters to its war in Syria and Iraq. 

Prof. Kenneth Christie discusses this recent move and other issues surround ISIS on C-FAX’s The Drive with Terry Moore.

“It seems a little too late,” Christie says of the fatwa. “ISIS has been going for quite a long time and they have been conducting these beheadings, they’ve been burning people alive, they’ve been doing crucifixions, they’ve been doing all sorts of things that are un-Islamic. So why is it now that these Islamic leaders are taking this action? It seems to me they’ve left it a little bit late … I’m wondering how much political pressure there is … it does seem a little bit strange that it’s taken this long to make a public denouncement.”

Christie also comments on Bill C-51, the government’s response to ISIS and the radicalization of young Canadians.  

“We’re not showing very good leadership,” he says. “It seems to me young people don’t have that much to believe in anymore. They become alienated, they become disillusioned with politics, and that’s because politicians are not really giving them something that they can believe in, they’re not relating to them. Who relates to these Canadian politicians? They appear like grey people with no opinions and nothing to offer as an alternative. Where’s the alternative? Young people are getting on the internet and they’re looking for something to believe in and they come up with ISIS.”

Listen to the full interview at 36:40.