“Shocked” and “surprised” are two words that just don’t apply here. The question was not if the attacks of this past week would happen. It was when and how.
This is because radicals were singing it loud and clear that this was in the works.
In April, Calgary man Farah Shirdon Mohamed sent a videotaped message from Iraq stating “we are coming and we will destroy you, with permission of Allah.” He then burned his passport.
In September, Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani called on followers to kill citizens of coalition countries, mentioning Canada by name. He says: “Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.”