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Video Allegedly Shows Sri Lanka Terrorists Pledging Lives to Islamic State

A video appears to show the Sri Lankan terrorists pledge their lives to the Islamic State after the terror group took responsibility for the attacks.

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A video has surfaced purportedly showing the terrorists who committed the attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday pledging their lives to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

According to its news agency, the Islamic State has taken responsibility for the horrific terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that saw 290 Christians killed and over 500 wounded. The terrorist organization also released images and videos claiming to show the terrorists swearing allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader, allegedly recorded just prior to the devastating attacks.

The video shows the alleged terrorists huddling in a circle and praying for the success of their attack, and ends with an oath to al-Baghdadi.

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According to reports, the Islamic State named 7 of the attackers in its statement, and referenced the locations in Sri Lanka that each of them attacked.

It is still unknown for certain if the Islamic State actually perpetrated the attack, though evidence seems to suggest that at least one of the reported attackers was pro-ISIS, as he had shared content from the ragtag terrorist group on Facebook in years prior.

Zahran Hashim, a man reported to be one of the attackers, considered himself an “Islamic Preacher” who held pro-ISIS views.

The attacks continue to look more like radical Muslims violence against Christians, even as Democrat politicians in the United States and their allies in the media attempt to minimize the religious aspect of the atrocities, going as far as to refer to Christians as “Easter worshippers” in their public comments.

Some in the Catholic Church, including Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is widely considered to be a future candidate to become Pope, are refusing to provide such an account.

Sarah referred to the attacks as an example of “barbaric Islamist violence” against Christians, who are constantly under attack worldwide.

 

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Canadian Police Report Almost 2,200 Home Visits To Monitor Quarantine Compliance

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Canadian police officers reportedly have conducted almost 2,200 home visits to ensure travelers into the country are complying with quarantine rules.

In late March, the Canadian government announced the start of the Quarantine Act, which mandates that anyone entering the country, with the exception of essential workers like truck drivers and those in healthcare, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply can incur a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in prison. However, so far there have been no arrests, and only one fine of $1,000.

Still, many may find unsettling the degree to which the Canadian police, in coordination with official border and health services, are enforcing a nanny state by paying home visits to incoming travelers deemed at risk of non-compliance. In addition, prime minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that even tougher measures could be coming, even once Canada begins easing cross-border travel.

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Also in late March, the Trudeau government announced a halt to all immigration in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, current immigration applications would not be closed or denied due to failure to meet typical requirements.

Still, many pointed out that Canada’s response was actually stronger than the US’, which has continued to import thousands of H-1B workers even while under lockdown due to a global pandemic.

The border between the US and Canada has been closed since the end of March, and this was recently extended, likely into mid-June. Trudeau has stated that the closure and its extension were implemented with full cooperation from the US.

While travel into Canada has not stopped completely, it has fallen drastically since the implementation of restrictive policies. However, critics of the government question whether Trudeau reacted quickly enough, and argue that the policy going forward is too vague and requires more explanation and accountability.

As stated by Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus:

“It was the Trudeau government’s failure to close our borders that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. It is incumbent on the Trudeau government to explain how they plan to ensure that travelers who are coming back to Canada are not spreading COVID-19… Unfortunately, right now the Trudeau government is telling Canadians to ‘wait and see’ without explaining what metrics they are relying on to make decisions.”

While Canada is doing significantly better than the US in terms of the number of cases, one tragically sobering area in which it has exhibited clear failure is the fate of its elderly, particularly those in state and private long-term care institutions.

It is estimated that up to 86% of the Canadian death toll is from facilities such as long-term care, retirement, and corrections, with the first two making up the large majority. In one privately-run nursing home, as much as one third of residents have died from coronavirus.

While the situation is complex and there are few countries that do not seem to have significant problems with their approach, it is clear that something is wrong with Canada’s. Perhaps the government should focus more on taking care of its elderly than intrusively monitoring its citizens.

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