Time for straight talk on terrorism

Canada lost two soldiers this week in two unrelated terrorist attacks, one in St. Jean sur Richelieu and the other in Ottawa. Both attacks were carried out by men who were motivated by their religion, both men were Muslims and yet we had police officials and some politicians move quickly to tell us this was not related to Islam.

It was a month ago that the call went out – an audio recording – calling on ISIS supporters to kill Canadians, Americans, Brits, Frenchmen and Aussies. The recording said to kill the infidels wherever you find them, with whatever weapon you can use.

A week later a booklet called “United Against Terrorism” was issued by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, formerly known as CAIR-CAN and it was issued in co-operation with the RCMP. The Mounties’ logo and endorsement remain on the booklet. That booklet told us not to link Islam and terror.

“Abandon public terminology that creates false linkages between Islam and terrorism in favour of consistent language that contextualizes threats and accurately identifies the perpetrators of violent extremism.”