Meet former Taliban "hostage" Joshua Boyle, seen here with his hijab-covered wife and their three surviving children, while visiting their newfound friend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Ottawa office just before Christmas. Here's why this photo may turn out to be a photo bomb for Canada's most famous Islamophile.
Back in 2012, Mr Boyle, who is Canadian, decided to take his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, on a short walk through the Hindu Kush. Well, almost. For reasons as yet unexplained, the couple decided to enjoy a backpacking holiday through beautiful Afghanistan. While enjoying the scenic and other delights [Not opium, shurely! Ed.] of the armpit of the world, the Boyles were taken hostage the Haqqani network, an Islamic terrorist group linked to the Taliban. And there in Afghanistan they stayed, unable to escape (or so Mr Boyle says) for some five years.
Mr Boyle has said the couple was "helping ordinary villagers" [With what? Ed.] in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan when they were seized. He told Canadian Press that conditions during their five-year ordeal changed over time as the family was shuffled back and forth among "at least three" prisons. He described the first as "remarkably barbaric", the second as more comfortable and the third as a place of violence in which he and his wife were frequently separated and beaten.
At the time they were seized, Ms Coleman was pregnant. Mr Boyle said their captors raped her, causing her to miscarry. In an interview with ABC News, Ms Coleman recalled that guards dragged her husband from their cell, and one of them threw her on the ground, shouting, "I will kill you, I will kill you!" before assaulting her. The couple had the three children shown in the picture while in captivity.
The Boyle family were freed by a daring rescue mission last October. Mr Boyle said they were in the trunk of their captors' car in Pakistan near the Afghan border when Pakistani troops rescued them. A gun battle ensued, he said, though details of what exactly happened were not made clear. Mr Boyle said the fight left all five kidnappers dead and himself injured with shrapnel. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan, told the CBC there was a "clash" between the Taliban and the Pakistan troops, which included gunfire. He said he did not know how many were killed.
So Mr Boyle and his family were freed, after spending five years as the guests -- willing or otherwise -- of Islamic terrorists. Some countries do not put out the "welcome home" sign for their nationals who may have become radicalized by an extended sojourn with the jihadis. Some go so far as to kill suspected sympathizers before they can return. The policy of Canada's Liberal government is, of course, quite the opposite. Canadians who have gone to the sandpit to join the other side, but then changed their mind, are to be welcomed with open arms, and sometimes open chequebooks, so that they may be "rehabilitated" and "reintegrated into society". See "Canadian ISIS fighters to be welcomed home, 'reintegrated' into society", WWW 18/11/17.
Mr Boyle declined an offer from the US Navy to take him and his family back home, for fear (we were invited to infer) that he would be detained for questioning about his involvement with the Islamic terrorists. Not a very good business decision, IMHO, for if he'd been incarcerated in Gitmo or elsewhere, he would have qualified for the Canadian government's $10 million payout and an apology for being mean to Muslims. Anyhoo, the Boyles eventually arrived in Canada, courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer, where a great fuss was made over them, complete with media appearances and photo ops with Mr Selfie, in the prime ministerial office no less.
That was in 2017. Now it's 2018 and on New Year's Day Canuck police arrested Mr Boyle on no fewer than 15 charges relating to several incidents that are alleged to have taken place in the months since he and his family were rescued from terrorists and repatriated to Canada. The charges include eight counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault, one count of uttering a death threat, two counts of unlawful confinement, and one count of forcing an individual to ingest a noxious substance (the sleep-inducing anti-depressant Trazodone). According to court documents, Mr Boyle also faces one count of misleading a peace officer by trying to convince them that another individual was suicidal in order to divert suspicion from himself.
A bail hearing is set for this morning and Global News reports that Mr Boyle's mother (!) is among those scheduled to appear in an Ottawa court. Agent 3, who is covering the proceedings for us, says the usual publication ban will prevent the release names of the victim(s). If the "incidents" turn out to be domestic in nature (3 writes), it will be interesting to see whether any defence related to Mr Boyle's religion is raised. Devout Muslims, and the Sharia law by which they live, don't take a terribly serious view of rape (just sayin') in the context of conjugal relations. Another possible defence (3 continues) could be that old standby, PTSD. Stay tuned.
Footnote: The (((controlled Canadian meeja))) managed to report this story of kidnapping and rape by Islamic terrorists yesterday evening without once using either of the words "Muslim" or "Islam". Motion M-103 is in effect! See the first two paragraphs of yesterday's post on WWW.
Another footnote: Before marrying Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle was married to Zaynab Khadr, sister of Omar Khadr, found guilty of the murder of a US Army Sgt. Chris Speir and made a multi-millionaire by Prime Minister Trudeau II. See "Canada to pay Muslim terrorist C$10.5 million for killing US soldier", WWW 6/7/17. It is not clear whether Mr Boyle's marriage to Ms Khadr was dissolved by a Canadian court or by the Islamic practice of saying "I divorce you!" three times in front of witnesses.
Further reading: "PMO should've known about Boyle, says former top cop", by Anthony Furey in the Toronto Sun, 3/1/18.