An accurate definition of terrorist has never been defined. The term “terrorism” comes from French terror, from Latin: ‘terror’, “great fear”, “dread”, related to the Latin verb terrere, “to frighten”. (1)
Today Ottawa experienced an attack by one or more people who could be called terrorists. At this point we don’t know what if any groups were behind this. It is simply too early and foolish to make any assumptions on this. The specialists will be working to find the answers in the days and weeks ahead. Prime Minister Harper links it to Canada’s actions abroad. This needs to be confirmed either way.
Some random thoughts of the day in no particular order.
Although there will be an investigation on how this individual got in the building, the Parliament Hill security force led by Parliament Sgt of Arms Kevin Vickers stopped the shooter in a fairly short time and without anyone else being killed. It is reported that they have been training for such a possibility happening. Like many first responders he ran toward the danger to protect his fellow citizens. A true steward of the role he has.
It is very hard to stop a single or small group of attackers if they are bent on doing an act like this without worrying about surviving the attack. We saw that on Sept 11th 2001.
How are we to find a baseline to balance our freedoms and democracy with the need to gather and try to prevent this sort of event? We have seen what has happened in the US when too much power is given originally for the right reasons but then allowed to run out of control in some cases.
We will see a rare time when all political parties and citizen’s of all faiths will come together to support those who stopped this attack happening and will agree that as Canadians we must stand together against this sort of event.
We must not allow ourselves to become angry towards those faith groups that these terrorist groups claim to be acting in the name of. Many times faith has been corrupted in many wrong ways by people claims to act in it’s name.
We as a country are shaken by the events today but we must not be turned away from the ideals that make people want to come and live in this nation. If we allow ourselves to remain fearful then we allow these terrorists to win.
A final thought, I hope the guards at the war memorial can be put back to their post as soon as possible. It will send an additional message that Canadians will not be scared.