Tough Day to Be A Canadian

It’s been a tough couple of days to be a Canadian. A young, engaged, caring man has died. Gunshots rang out in the centre of our democracy, Parliament Hill. The bubble has finally popped. We now join the club of the US, UK and Spain, who have experienced homegrown terrorism on our own soil. There will be a lot of hand wringing, acrimony and finger-pointing over the next few days.  How did this happen? Who is at fault?

The Prime Minister made a stirring speech last night to the nation, (Quoted from the CBC Website)

But let there be no misunderstanding. 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.

And that is what worries me. While I agree bowing to this kind of terrorism is bad, fighting may also be bad. While there is still much to be learned about this incident, at best we can say that foreign terrorists encouraged the shooter to attack Canadians and their institutions. Why? Because they want a fight. They want us to be fearful. They want us to be a more closed society. They want us to be a more stratified society. They want us to hate people who are not like us. They want us to engage in racial profiling.

Let me be clear. I do not want to live in that kind of society. I want to live in an open, compassionate society, where people can practice their faith in peace, no matter what the faith. I want to live in a society where I can talk with my local MP and MPP by just walking into their offices. I want to be able to tour Parliament Hill, and go to the Hill on Canada Day. I want to live in a place that does not assume that all men of certain colour or faith are terrorists.

As leaders of our communities, as leaders of countries, we need to have resolve. But more than that, I think it is time for empathy. The West played a part in creating Islamic extremism. It’s time we accepted our role in terrorism, and it’s time we started listening to the communities of moderates both at home and abroad. They see our actions differently than we do, and perhaps it is in this difference in interpretation that we can find a better response than creating a closed security state.


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  1. I like where you want to live. I would join you there if it existed anymore. We had it and it was secured by the deaths of tens of thousands of Canadian lives, Canadians who believed that a free nation was worth fighting and dieing for. They also believed that others in this world had a right to that freedom as well.

    Somewhere we have lost that belief because we are more interested in political correctness than we are in preserving our freedom.

    History has taught us that terrorists are nothing more than thugs and criminals who have one purpose in life – to kill anyone not like them! The ultimate bully with guns and followers.

    The last time we allowed a bully to get away with their brand of justice the world saw two more countries overthrown and the beginning of the systematic annihilation of over twelve million men, women and children, and that doesn’t include those who died fighting for and against that extremist machine. Are we facing anything different now?

    We know where they are, we know their influence on our citizens, we know that their goal is the eradication of all humans who don’t believe what they believe, we know they have no “Off” button. They have brought their radicalism to our country, they want us dead (D-E-A-D)! Make no mistake, they will kill us given the opportunity and gladly die while doing it.

    Finding the different interpretation suggests that you are dealing with sound minded individuals, honourable opponents, people that have a genuine beef with you that can be solved. In this case you are dealing with cowards, thugs, fanatics without honour, murderers, outcasts even in their own society. To say that they are not of sound mind would be kind. They are willing lunatics with one function in life – to murder! They are a blight to all peoples of this planet, they are as a disease.

    When we get off our superior, complacent, entitled asses and meet this threat face on with every ounce of resolve we have we will have earned a place beside those that secured our freedoms before us. I, for one, will learn to carry the guns that I abhor with a passion to make sure my family, my friends and my country remain free regardless the cost to me.

    Murderers of the innocent have no place in this world, now is not the time to make a home for them!

  2. The attacks two days ago, hit me on two levels: As a Canadian whose home was attacked but also as a Muslim whose ideology was, once again, used and abused to justify their own wicked whims.
    As a Muslim, I am grateful that someone out there acknowledges the role of the west in creating ‘Islamist terrorists’. However, It is high time we acknowledge and eradicate the cancer that has spread within our youth. It may have been initiated because of reckless policies of the West, but it is affecting the young mind in a very negative manner and Muslim leaders have got to do something about it. The moderate Muslims who understand the real teachings of Islam need to raise their voices higher and above the noise of a few who have chosen to misinterpret the message of peace. \

    I do not want to be constantly qualifying what I am not. I want to concentrate on what I am.

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