Tom Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada, has gone on record saying that the shooting of a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial and subsequent shoot outs at Parliament Hill last week were not technically terror but only the crimes of a deranged mind.
Both Liberal and Conservative Party’s, however, were quick to disagree. The RCMP, they pointed out, had already concluded it as terrorism. They also pointed to the background and motivation of the man as indicative of terror, not merely crime. The intention seemed clearly to intimidate through his actions and to promote his religious views. His Islamic extremist ties combined with his actions are thought to be sufficient enough proof. Mulcair does not think so, however, and clings to the idea that it was merely a frustrated man flipping out.
Steven Blaney, Canadian Safety Minister, warns that there are dangers not only to over but also to under reacting to the Ottawa shooting. To deny it was even a terrorist act would be under-reacting in the most conspicuous manner. It seems that many politicians are more interested in keeping the public convinced that all is going well than in speaking truth. And I can’t tell you enough how frustrating this is for Marnie and me. Apparently there are similar issues in the U.S. where beheadings by persons trained in extremist Islamic groups are labeled as mere “workplace violence.” The image of successful prevention of terror is often valued more highly than pointing terror out and taking strong measures to stop it.