WHO IS A TERRORIST?
If I did not know better, then I would think a terrorist is a Muslim who plans and commits violent acts. Non-Muslims who plan and commit violent acts are only criminals. This is the message that the government and media present.
Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia, received an anonymous tip and foiled a violent act. Some people were going to go to a popular Halifax shopping mall on Valentine’s Day, and massacre people. Police arrested two of the people. A third shot himself before they could arrest him.
Canadian Justice Minister Peter Mackay said that there were no links to terrorism, and dismissed the group as “murderous misfits.”
In June, 2014, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Justin Bourque dressed in camouflage clothing, killed three police officers and wounded two others. Justin Bourque had anti-government views yet his violence was not considered an act of terror.
There were no links to ISIS with the killings of soldiers in Ottawa and Montreal last fall. There was a history of drug abuse and mental health issues with the Ottawa killer. The two killers were not connected other than both were Muslims. The government and media not only said that they were terrorists, but suggested links to ISIS by calling their acts “ISIS-inspired.”
Why are the government and media determined to call acts of violence by a Muslims terrorism, and dismiss acts of violence by non-Muslims as crimes?