Time for a little perspective here. Recently people have thrown around the words “terrorism” and “terrorist” rather liberally. This is inappropriate fear mongering. Be thankful that so few people died or suffered injuries as a result of recent incidents, be thankful that we live in a country, where this sort of event is shocking and horrible and unexpected. Don’t blow it up out of proportion. Push back against legislation that strips us of our civil liberties under the guise of “stopping terrorism”. Do people really think that if we have enough laws against something that it will just end?
I am not trying to defend people like this, but jumping straight into “terrorist kills soldier, attacks Parliament” isn’t doing anything but spreading fear and uncertainty.
Law enforcement says they are unclear of his motives, can’t find anything that demonstrates he had help from another party. Yes, he was radically religious, yes, he had a history of drug addiction, and even a criminal past, but I’d like to stress again backed by a quote from the New York Times “Investigators have said they do not know whether he acted spontaneously or deliberately, or why.”
His own parents seem to have no idea why he was driven to do such a thing. Below is a statement they have written in response to inquiries from the Associated Press:
Hi, I am writing this note on behalf of my husband and myself. No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them. We also wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. You write that our son was vulnerable, we don’t know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer. We don’t wish to be part of any media circus, we don’t think it will add anything to the conversation. Please respect our privacy although many may not feel we deserve any … Once again we are so sorry. -Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf
Does that sound like the voice of someone proud of their child’s actions? Does it sound like someone who deserves threats, attacks, and harassment because of their religion?
As for the events in Montreal, Harper was quick to condemn the event as a result of a call to arms from radical Islamic groups, even though that has not yet been proven. So why give groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda the opportunity to take credit for it by branding it “terrorism”?
Fear mongering isn’t helping anyone, so knock it off. Quit threatening people who are different, be it in faith or ethnicity or what ever other criteria. Quit calling for increased laws at the cost of civil liberties. Don’t fall for click-bait headlines. Do your research. Yes, it was a tragedy, but the loss of our civil liberties is an even greater one.