Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian Soldier, was shot as he stood guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa. Moments after Cpl. Cirillo was shot, witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots fired inside Canada’s main Parliament building. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo died of his wounds a few hours later.
It was confirmed later the gunman was shot dead inside the Parliament building, by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vicars, who is rightfully being hailed as a hero. News outlets reported that the dead suspect was Canadian born Michael Joseph Hall, who changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as he recently converted to Islam.
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This falls on the heels of another attack on the Canadian military when Martin Couture-Rouleau, another convert to Islam, killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a deliberate hit-and-run a couple of days ago on Oct. 20th in Quebec. According to reports, police had seized his passport at the airport back in July when he tried to travel to Turkey because he wanted to fight with ISIS. The authorities had him on their radar, but unfortunately that didn’t help 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was killed Monday. Instead of sitting in a jail cell, Couture-Rouleau was sitting in his car outside of a federal building that offers support to Canadian military veterans and other military personnel. And Couture-Rouleau was waiting to run someone down as an act of Islamic jihad.
Progressives on both sides of the border, whether politicians or media, are drumming up their usual talking points, mainly glossing over the Islamic ties of these attacks, or making an issue over guns.
American stations such as MSNBC took the opportunity of the attack to push for tougher gun control, even though Canada has strict gun control laws already. In fact, Cpl. Cirillo had no loaded firearm when he was shot. It is known that Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been outspoken of several unfair Canadian gun control laws which were passed by previous federal administrations, and trying to reinforce Canadian gun owners’ rights. The fact remains that Canada does have tough gun control laws already. This is not a gun control issue- this is a terrorism issue, and people should have the right to protect themselves when faced with terrorist threats.
Obama called Prime Minister Stephen Harper to express “the American people’s solidarity with Canada,” and pledged to “ensure national security efforts continue to be coordinated between the two countries in light of the attacks…We have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence…”
Later from the Oval Office Obama said, “Obviously the situation there is tragic,” but was careful not to call the shootings an act of terrorism. “We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting… We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions…”
Senseless violence? Senseless violence is someone beating up a stranger in the “Knock out game”. Purposely targeting and shooting a member of a nation’s armed forces is not an act of senseless violence. It’s not tragic either. A tragic situation is a fatal car accident, not a deliberate attack within days of another deliberate attack on a nation’s armed forces while in non-combat duties or activities.
Obama knows full well of ISIS’ threats here in the US to go after military personnel. Oh, but then again, to Obama, that would be classified as workplace violence.
Canada’s Prime Minister Harper is up for reelection next year. One of the opponents is Justin Trudeau, son of former Liberal PM, Pierre Trudeau. In comments after the shooting, Trudeau said,
“I am deeply saddened by today’s events here in Ottawa and unreservedly condemn these brutal and heartless acts of violence. This attack in unforgivable, should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws…
… We will get answers to how and why this happened. They will be vital in preventing any future attack. And to our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community, Canadians know acts such as these committed in the name of Islam are an aberration of your faith. Mutual respect and admiration will help to prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion…”
This sounds all wonderful and heartwarming, while completely ignoring the fact that Islamic terror exists in Canada just as it does in every other nation in the world. Trudeau like Obama and other US progressive politicians use politically correct language, giving praise to Muslims all the while equating acts of terror, as a criminal act, not an act of war which has been declared by Islamic Jihadists towards the west.
Prime Minister Harper however, had tougher words about this attack, and wasn’t afraid to call it as it is- “terrorist attacks.” He was willing to equate the attack with ISIS and with other attacks around the world when he said,
“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated. In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores. They will have no safe haven.”
Canada has had numerous threats over the past decade. They are not immune to Islamic terrorism any more than the United States is. While it’s heartening for me to see the leader of my birth country take this seriously, my heart breaks for those affected by these acts. Canada is a very open country and has always been extremely friendly and diverse.
I am proud to be a part of both countries, but I loathe the thought that a huge terrorist attack could happen again either here or in Canada. Too many people fell back asleep soon after 09/11/01, or choose to bury their heads in the sand about the nature of Islam. Only by taking a strong approach to threats and these acts perpetrated by followers of Islam will we reduce the chance of another attack.