Trudeau: Canada is not at war with ISIS

A day after Brussels bombings, Canadian PM rejects France's statement that it is "at war" with ISIS.

Ben Ariel ,

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Wednesday that Canada is not at war with Islamic jihadists, The Canadian Press reported.

Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rejected France's declaration that it was "at war" with jihadists, just one day after the bombings in Brussels which killed more than 30 people and injured 270.

After the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said "we are at war" against jihadists and added, "We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.

Trudeau, who made his comments during a CBC Radio interview, and Dion – speaking Wednesday in the House of Commons foyer – both said the conflict with the Islamic State (ISIS), which claimed the Brussels attacks, not fit the true definition of war.

"A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West," Trudeau said, according to The Canadian Press, using the alternative acronym for ISIS.

"They want to destabilize, they want to strike fear. They need to be stamped out."

Dion suggested the notion of labelling the fight against extremists as an actual war might simply be outdated.

"If you use the terminology 'war,' in international law it will mean two armies with respecting rules and it's not the case at all," Dion was quoted as having said.

"You have terrorist groups that respect nothing. So we prefer to say that it's a fight," he added.

Trudeau and Dion's comments come a month after Canada withdrew its fighter jets from the American-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Trudeau has made questionable statements about Islam since taking office late last year. Most recently, he insisted in two interviews that Islam is "not incompatible with the Western secular democracy."

In more questionable behavior vis-a-vis the Hamas terrorist group, Trudeau appointed Omar Alghabra as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Alghabra was previously the head of the radical Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), which ran afoul of the state for its open support of Hamas.

Last month amid heavy concerns that jihadists and rapists have infiltrated the massive influx of migrants from the Middle East to the West, Trudeau defended his policy of mass immigration, saying he is confident in people who "don't think a lot about politics, don't think a lot about terrorism."