Violence calculated to intimidate Canadians after joining the war against ISIS jihadists meets strong resistance from PM Harper
Unlike the United States where the word “terrorist” is verboten, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper swiftly described the perpetrator of a “brutal and violent” attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa Wednesday as “terrorist,” in his address to the nation.
Michael Joseph Hall, 32, a recent convert to Islam, who changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed young reservist, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, as he stood guard at the National War Memorial. The gunman then attempted to storm Parliament where he was shot down.
““We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” PM Harper said in his TV address to the nation.
“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 a hope” of attacking Canada, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Like Reagan, Harper has made the military and security hallmarks of his administration, rather than slashing them to pre-WWII levels, cutting $ billions in military spending and leaving us vulnerable, as Barack Obama has done.
Prime Minster Harper’s strong resolve showed not a trace of equivocation, or inclination to refer to the crime perpetrated by a radicalized Islamic terrorist as “workplace violence.”
The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions. They seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, calling him a “high risk traveler.”