On the Canadian parliament shooting

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Photo: Postmedia / Barcroft Media

I’m holding off with the rhetoric and theories until a little more is known.

It’s not clear who is responsible for today’s shooting but the shocking scenes in Ottawa come two days after a 25-year-old convert to radical Islam ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one. The driver, Martin Couture-Rouleau, was shot and killed by police.

David Lawler has a little more detail:

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, was struck by the vehicle and died from his injuries on Monday evening.

Couture-Rouleau had been previously placed on a government watch list as a possible Islamic extremist, because items on his Facebook page had indicated that he was “radicalising himself.”

In a news conference held yesterday, police spokesman Martine Fontaine explained why Couture-Rouleau had not been arrested:

“We could not arrest someone for having radical thoughts. It is not a crime in Canada.”

Canadian authorities are now trying to establish any links between Couture-Rouleau and the Islamic State or other terror groups, but say all indications at present are that the incident was a “lone wolf” attack.

If this is ISIS related, it?becomes another marker for New Zealand to consider its own involvement in dealing with ISIS and the threats that may result domestically.

We’ve had one NZ resident Imam saying already that New Zealanders would not benefit from finding out what the NZ based Muslims think in private, lest these feelings?spill into (and onto) the public.

To think, in 2014, we’re in a global religious war.

And to think the likes of Russel Norman seems to be on the side of New Zealanders that want to go fight for ISIS is turning my stomach.


– The Telegraph