Many Westerners still believe that the global jihad will founder in the face of the many lures and pleasures of the contemporary relativist materialism that comes from the West. Here is more evidence that that isn’t so: a man who forsook Canada in order to live amid the danger and poverty of Somalia, dedicating his life to bringing Islamic law there. “Canadian among Islamists: Toronto man ‘key player’ with group in Somalia,” by Stewart Bell in the National Post, :
TORONTO – A Somali-Canadian businessman is a “key player” in an emerging armed Islamic group that some describe as Africa’s Taliban, sources have told the National Post.
Former Toronto resident Abdullahi Ali Afrah, who goes by the nickname Aspro, holds a senior position in the consultative council of Somalia’s hardline Islamic Courts Union.
As second deputy chairman, he reports to Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, who is on Canadian and United Nations lists of designated terrorists and was a founding member of the outlawed terror group Al-Ittihad Al-Islam (AIAI).
Mr. Ali Afrah is one of several members of the Toronto and Ottawa Somali-Canadian communities who have reportedly returned to their homeland and joined the Islamic Courts, either in leadership and support roles or as fighters in armed militias.
Backed by its militias, the Islamic Courts have captured Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and much of the south from clan warlords since June, replacing lawlessness with strict Taliban-like rule….
A native of Mogadishu, Mr. Ali Afrah moved to Toronto in the 1980s and became a Canadian citizen.