“Drone-fighting laser cannons?” It seems that China is ready to zap drones out of the sky. Star Wars has arrived! -LW
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (UPI) — China announced the successful development of a laser-firing cannon to shoot down drones with a 1.2 mile radius.The state-run news agency Xinhua reported Monday the “homemade laser defense system” can target low-altitude airborne targets and shoot them down within five seconds of notice of the target. The cannon is meant to be placed on the ground or mounted on a vehicle, and strike drones flying up to 112 mph and below 1,600 feet.
It is designed to destroy miniature drones which are available to terrorists and other consumers, Xinhua said, adding the system could replace police or military personnel in shooting down drones, and that a test cannon shot down over 30 drones without missing any.
In unveiling the project, the Chinese military did not offer photographs of the cannons.
The report quoted Yi Jinsong of the China Hi-Tech Equipment Co., the lead company on the project, saying, “”Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage.”
The United States relies on unmanned drones firing rockets at targets in Yemen, Pakistan and against the Islamic State, and is working on similar laser projects to China’s.
What do you think was seen in the sky, near Melbourne, Australia? -LW
On Monday at approximately 1 p.m., something strange happened in the small, seaside town of Wonthaggi. A resident by the name of Carol spotted an unidentified rainbow object in the sky.
Was it a doorway into another realm? Had the aliens finally arrived? Wonthaggi, 132 kilometres out of Melbourne, knew it must have a purpose — was this it?
Carol did what many residents would have done: she called radio station 3AW in a cry for help. By this stage, the town was in a panic, posting photos of various sightings on Twitter, begging for answers. It felt like it may be the final communication before the world reached its colourful end.
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Some weird rainbow/cloud action going on in Wonthaggi right now. (Pic via listener Carol) pic.twitter.com/rBHBrbiRoF
— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) November 3, 2014
— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) November 3, 2014
— M McKenzie-Murray (@feed_the_chooks) November 3, 2014
Photo: Looks like the end of the world is currently happening in Wonthaggi, Australia…http://t.co/r93EHwhWyM
— Maximo (@maximosis) November 3, 2014
— Michael Dart (@mjdart) November 3, 2014
What’s going on over Wonthaggi?pic.twitter.com/UZQXkvdgb2
— Cameron Thornton (@cammo_t) November 3, 2014
— Tim Smith (@TimSmithYV) November 3, 2014
Fear not, humankind. Michael Efron from the Bureau of Meterology saved the day.
“It looks like a fallstreak cloud, also known as a punch hole cloud,” he told Fairfax Media.
“They form when the water temperature in the cloud is below freezing, but the water has not yet frozen due to a lack of ice nucleation particles. In this case, when the water does start to freeze, it falls down to the surface … so you’re left with this cloud surrounding it, this clear area.”
As you were, everyone.
(Thanks for the summary, KP)
All I can say is, the energies must be HIGH right now, because there’s plenty of “hot stuff” in this comment/article by David. It feels like we’re right at the end of this cabal soap opera show where the “shocking truth” is about to come out… like the end of the Dustin Hoffmann movie, Tootsie, when Dorothy Michaels (Dustin in drag) takes off her (his) wig at the end of the live show and reveals that “she” is a “he”. I love it!
Check it out…
“…the assassination threat against the US President. There is no doubt that he is at very high risk now. Furthermore, I was able to independently confirm last week’s leak that there is high drama, including yelling, going on every day in the White House… Obama is now being “sat down three times a day and told to stay the f- out of everything that is going on.”
“…two different space probes experienced fiery deaths last week… foul play is strongly suspected in each of these cases. Why? Because as soon as you get even into LEO (low earth orbit,) there’s so much stuff up there that’s not supposed to be there, they can’t expect the “masking” to work well enough to conceal everything.
“The other important point is that Ben didn’t take credit for predicting the almost complete 180 on Ebola in the mainstream media. Although it was being talked about like the worst thing ever when he wrote that prediction a week ago, within a week it has become non-existent… the number of articles about it have decreased by about 900 percent.
“Everything about the financial systems opening up is right on. It is becoming very obvious that we are going through massive changes, as I said in last week’s epic article…
“I have had dreams suggesting there is still very high risk of new and disruptive events… the possibility of market turbulence in the gold supply.
“Suffice it to say that this insider war is very real, and as I wrote in the article, it is becoming increasingly visible and public. I also am seeing a very strong and continuous push being made towards Disclosure, and the attacks on Elon Musk and Richard Branson’s space probes cannot stop this from happening.”
It is always intriguing when Ben’s sources reveal data that is similar or identical to what I’m hearing. One of these is the assassination threat against the US President. There is no doubt that he is at very high risk now. Furthermore, I was able to independently confirm last week’s leak that there is high drama, including yelling, going on every day in the White House.
Specifically, Obama is now being “sat down three times a day and told to stay the f- out of everything that is going on.” Up until now they gave him some semblance of control over the situation. They let him make certain decisions. Now he’s finally being told he has absolutely no power over anything. Just say nothing, do nothing, sit there and let us do what we need to do.
There was a story a few weeks ago that Obama was “ignoring” the Presidential Daily Briefings and only getting them in writing instead of in person. This was used to reflect negatively upon him. I since found out that he wasn’t being OFFERED the briefings in person. Then when they need something against him, they blame him for it.
Bear in mind that all of this comes from an insider who very seriously does not like Obama.
There are two other things here that are worth mentioning. One is that two different space probes experienced fiery deaths last week, one of which was Richard Branson’s long-awaited project. Don’t forget that Elon Musk, head of Tesla, also had a space probe that exploded on its first major test run.
Although we haven’t confirmed it yet, foul play is strongly suspected in each of these cases. Why? Because as soon as you get even into LEO (low earth orbit,) there’s so much stuff up there that’s not supposed to be there, they can’t expect the “masking” to work well enough to conceal everything. We would know too much too soon.
Both Elon Musk and Richard Branson are powerful men who are not part of the Cabal, and who would gladly release any anomalous photos and films. All the Cabal would have to do is use simple torsion-field technology to zap the craft as they go up, and soften the matter until it comes apart at the weakest points.
Then the controlled media goes on a rampage about “greedy billionaires” whose “ego” and “hubris” has taken them so far into never-never land that there is no hope for them. So there is the dual benefit of throwing them under the bus and taking the widespread public discontent due to the deliberately sabotaged economy and aiming it at public targets.
The other important point is that Ben didn’t take credit for predicting the almost complete 180 on Ebola in the mainstream media. Although it was being talked about like the worst thing ever when he wrote that prediction a week ago, within a week it has become non-existent. The stories have all dried up and it’s like it didn’t even happen. The alternative media is still tracking it, but the number of articles about it have decreased by about 900 percent.
I am sorry to hear that two of Ben’s allies have now been arrested and that he is threatened with the same. This is no easy game and Ben has kicked every hornet’s nest in sight.
I have been asked repeatedly about Ben’s statement last week regarding the alleged Mars base. First of all, if that did happen it would be a great humanitarian tragedy. There are at least 200,000 personnel on that base, including 10,000 who are from our planet and the rest from elsewhere. It would be a huge atrocity if they got blown up.
I am very confident that what we are seeing is nothing more than a lens flare. Notice the burst of light originates from the exact center of the object. Our atmosphere creates varying degrees of light refraction since light has to move through air to get to the telescope. This causes mirages and distortions just like you see from heat rising off of hot pavement, for example. This same effect is why stars appear to be twinkling. The amount of light that can actually make it to us is continually fluctuating.
Lastly, it is very, very rare for anyone to be able to come back to our society if they have had any contact with this “breakaway civilization.” If you spend any length of time in an underground or off-world base, the likelihood that they will ever let you return to any life on the normal surface of planet earth is extremely small. You have to make a permanent life decision and there’s no turning back. They further guarantee this by giving you an injection that makes it literally lethal to return.
Everything about the financial systems opening up is right on. It is becoming very obvious that we are going through massive changes, as I said in last week’s epic article, which you definitely should read if you haven’t already:
This includes discussion of at least five major Hollywood films that are all predicting the defeat of the Cabal and helping to foster it.
I also point out how the Ebola image used by the mainstream media is actually very close to the secret Cabal symbol for Tubal Cain, which they see as Lucifer’s great-great-great grandson and the father of their bloodline.
This, along with the name ISIS, shows how they have to put their “signature” on everything in order for the magic to work. There’s also a detailed discussion of how this use of magic resurfaced with Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer John Dee, the original OO7 or “Two-Ball Cane.”
These are exciting times. I have had dreams suggesting there is still very high risk of new and disruptive events. The morning of the Canadian shooting I had a dream in which two empty school buses were about to be hit with missiles and I had just enough time to turn on the hazard lights before they were going to blow, as a warning to get people away from them.
Interestingly, these buses were parked precisely on the street where I used to sell the gold coins I had bought from a modest inheritance in 2000, in order to keep myself going. This suggests the possibility of market turbulence in the gold supply.
There are other interesting things going on I don’t want to mention at this point. Suffice it to say that this insider war is very real, and as I wrote in the article, it is becoming increasingly visible and public. I also am seeing a very strong and continuous push being made towards Disclosure, and the attacks on Elon Musk and Richard Branson’s space probes cannot stop this from happening.
– David Wilcock
Strange financial market and geopolitical maneuvers last week make it clear the end days of the cabal are fast approaching. The clearest sign was the wholesale looting of Japan’s national pension fund by the Japanese slave government on behalf of the cabal. This bought the cabal some time by propping up the US government bond and stock markets but it failed to change the fundamental picture.
Here is what happened last week in the markets: First, the Federal Reserve Board, under new management, announced last week it would no longer buy US Treasury Bonds. Then Singapore, the largest financial market in Asia, follows London, Frankfurt, Seoul, Paris, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao in allowing free trade in Chinese Yuan. Next Japan’s government announces an 80 trillion yen money printing splurge as well as the looting of the 127 trillion yen government pension investment fund. The Japanese money is being poured into US government bonds and cabal owned stocks causing the ongoing crack high in the markets.
It has also started a currency war because the Chinese have responded to the yen printing splurge with a yuan printing splurge.
Make no mistake though of which side will win the financial and economic war, the numbers do not lie. China produces 11 times more steel than the US, has the world’s greatest foreign currency reserves, has the most gold, accounts for a bigger share of global trade and has a massive cumulative trade surplus with the US. The most telling sign is that the biggest Chinese export to the US is computer equipment while the biggest US export to China is “scrap and trash.” Finally, the BRICS alliance that China is a part of controls 188 nations, the far greatest proportion of the world economy and more than 80% of its people. Looting Japan only buys time, it will never buy victory.
The Japanese slave government is also cracking down on dissidents. Last week Chodoin Daikaku, head of the world’s martial arts societies, was arrested on trumped up charges in an attempt to preempt the overthrow of the Abe slave government. This comes on top of the ongoing imprisonment of
Illuminati grandmaster Alexander Romanov (real name Sasa Zaric) at the Inagidai mental hospital. This writer may also soon be arrested on trumped up charges by the Abe slave government.
The Abe regime is controlled by a group known as the Seiwa Kai which is ostensibly headed by former prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone but in reality reports to George Bush Senior and the Nazionists.
The Japanese also announced last week via their proxy North Korea that they have nuclear missile carrying submarines. The message is that the soon to emerge unified Korean and Japanese nation of Kopan will be nuclear powered. http://rt.com/news/201603-north-korea-missile-submarine/
This is all part of a big showdown taking place worldwide against the Nazionists and their allies. The Nazionists are now mounting what could well be their last offensive before final defeat. The most obvious symptom of that is Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using the phrase “grassy knoll” in a speech, referring to the location of the Kennedy assassination. This has been widely interpreted as an assassination threat against US President Barack Obama.
The threat follows Obama officials’ refusal to meet with the Israeli Defense Minister as well as references by US officials to Netanyahu as “chickenshit.” There was also a cartoon in the Israeli daily Haaretz portraying Netanyahu as a pilot flying a plane into the world trade center building. The implicit message is that a lot of people are going to be hung from lamp-posts soon unless the Nazionists back down.
Israeli and US troops have been fighting each other using proxies in Syria since ISIS is run by Mossad and the US airforce is bombing them and losing planes in the process.
There will also be evidence presented next week at a criminal trial in London that the 311 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan was a deliberate act of mass murder and that Netanyahu was one of the instigators.
The US mid-term elections now taking place are also using paper ballots instead of rigged electronic voting in a move that will help purge Washington D.C. of Nazionist controlled politicians.
The situation is also changing in Europe to the detriment of the Nazionists. The French are going ahead with their plan to start buying oil in Rubles and not US dollars despite the recent murder of the head of the French oil company Total. This has resulted in unmarked drones being seen flying around French nuclear power plants. The message is “we will sabotage your nuclear facilities if you abandon the petrodollar.” The French are now sending mixed messages about whether or not they will hand over to Russia the two helicopter carrying battleships they built for them.
The British are also moving away from the Nazionists with their ongoing purge of pedophiles and their overall move to distance themselves from the EU. They have also been pioneers in acknowledging the Chinese yuan was taking over from the petrodollar as the world’s reserve currency.
In the Ukraine, the parallel elections in the East and West of the country have now pretty much formalized the permanent split of that country. The Russians are now expected to mount, via proxies, an offensive to clear out the last of the foreign mercenaries still trying to provoke war in the Ukraine. The Eastern part of Ukraine is already de facto once again part of Russia. The Russians are also sending their nuclear bombers in all directions to underline the fact they mean business and are ready for nuclear war if they are pushed too far by the cabal controlled countries.
There is also a sign the Canadians are finally waking up to the Nazionist nature of the Stephen Harper government. Harper’s Nazionists were originally planning to use the recent staged “terrorist” shooting incidents to pass a law that would allow the arrest of people who had never committed a crime. That would have taken Canadian human rights back more than 1000 years to pre-Magna Carta levels.
Here is proof sent by a reader the recent shooting incident at the Canadian Parliament was staged. It is a photograph showing huge numbers of police cars at the Parliament 15 minutes before the “shooting incident.” https://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/anonymous-photos-taken-15-minutes-prior-to-ottawa-shooting/
Now that a reaction against the Nazionists has begun, Harper suddenly decided he would not cancel his planned attendance at the APEC summit meeting in China due to the “terrorist attack.” Hopefully he will be removed from power soon after he returns to Canada.
The APEC summit will be followed a few days later by a G20 meeting in Australia that may result in some sort of surprise announcement of a plan to replace the current dysfunctional global architecture. This may be what all the jockeying is about.
There is also stuff going on at a more esoteric level. Vincenzo Mazzara of the Italian P2 Freemason lodge and a source at MI5 both say a new temple to the black sun is being built in Italy. The temple is supposed to replace the Vatican as the center of the Monotheistic world, they say. Marco Di Mauro from the P2 lodge also says the pope has recently sold all of the Vatican’s gold to give money to the poor. They sound as if they expect some earth changing apocalyptic event.
“It’s official: The U.S. is the world’s leading terrorist state, and proud of it.”
That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled “CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.”
The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness. The White House concluded that unfortunately successes were so rare that some rethinking of the policy was in order.
The article quoted President Barack Obama as saying that he had asked the CIA to conduct the review to find cases of “financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well. And they couldn’t come up with much.” So Obama has some reluctance about continuing such efforts.
The first paragraph of the Times article cites three major examples of “covert aid”: Angola, Nicaragua and Cuba. In fact, each case was a major terrorist operation conducted by the U.S.
Angola was invaded by South Africa, which, according to Washington, was defending itself from one of the world’s “more notorious terrorist groups” – Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. That was 1988.
By then the Reagan administration was virtually alone in its support for the apartheid regime, even violating congressional sanctions to increase trade with its South African ally.
Meanwhile Washington joined South Africa in providing crucial support for Jonas Savimbi’s terrorist Unita army in Angola. Washington continued to do so even after Savimbi had been roundly defeated in a carefully monitored free election, and South Africa had withdrawn its support. Savimbi was a “monster whose lust for power had brought appalling misery to his people,” in the words of Marrack Goulding, British ambassador to Angola.
The consequences were horrendous. A 1989 U.N. inquiry estimated that South African depredations led to 1.5 million deaths in neighboring countries, let alone what was happening within South Africa itself. Cuban forces finally beat back the South African aggressors and compelled them to withdraw from illegally occupied Namibia. The U.S. alone continued to support the monster Savimbi.
In Cuba, after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, President John F. Kennedy launched a murderous and destructive campaign to bring “the terrors of the earth” to Cuba – the words of Kennedy’s close associate, the historian Arthur Schlesinger, in his semiofficial biography of Robert Kennedy, who was assigned responsibility for the terrorist war.
The atrocities against Cuba were severe. The plans were for the terrorism to culminate in an uprising in October 1962, which would lead to a U.S. invasion. By now, scholarship recognizes that this was one reason why Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev placed missiles in Cuba, initiating a crisis that came perilously close to nuclear war. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara later conceded that if he had been a Cuban leader, he “might have expected a U.S. invasion.”
American terrorist attacks against Cuba continued for more than 30 years. The cost to Cubans was of course harsh. The accounts of the victims, hardly ever heard in the U.S., were reported in detail for the first time in a study by Canadian scholar Keith Bolender, “Voices From the Other Side: an Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba,” in 2010.
The toll of the long terrorist war was amplified by a crushing embargo, which continues even today in defiance of the world. On Oct. 28, the U.N., for the 23rd time, endorsed “the necessity of ending the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.” The vote was 188 to 2 (U.S., Israel), with three U.S. Pacific Island dependencies abstaining.
There is by now some opposition to the embargo in high places in the U.S., reports ABC News, because “it is no longer useful” (citing Hillary Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices”). French scholar Salim Lamrani reviews the bitter costs to Cubans in his 2013 book “The Economic War Against Cuba.”
Nicaragua need hardly be mentioned. President Ronald Reagan’s terrorist war was condemned by the World Court, which ordered the U.S. to terminate its “unlawful use of force” and to pay substantial reparations.
Washington responded by escalating the war and vetoing a 1986 U.N. Security Council resolution calling on all states – meaning the U.S. – to observe international law.
Another example of terrorism will be commemorated on Nov. 16, the 25th anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuit priests in San Salvador by a terrorist unit of the Salvadoran army, armed and trained by the U.S. On the orders of the military high command, the soldiers broke into the Jesuit university to murder the priests and any witnesses – including their housekeeper and her daughter.
This event culminated the U.S. terrorist wars in Central America in the 1980s, though the effects are still on the front pages today in the reports of “illegal immigrants,” fleeing in no small measure from the consequences of that carnage, and being deported from the U.S. to survive, if they can, in the ruins of their home countries.
Washington has also emerged as the world champion in generating terror. Former CIA analyst Paul Pillar warns of the “resentment-generating impact of the U.S. strikes” in Syria, which may further induce the jihadi organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State toward “repairing their breach from last year and campaigning in tandem against the U.S. intervention by portraying it as a war against Islam.”
That is by now a familiar consequence of U.S. operations that have helped to spread jihadism from a corner of Afghanistan to a large part of the world.
Jihadism’s most fearsome current manifestation is the Islamic State, or ISIS, which has established its murderous caliphate in large areas of Iraq and Syria.
“I think the United States is one of the key creators of this organization,” reports former CIA analyst Graham Fuller, a prominent commentator on the region. “The United States did not plan the formation of ISIS,” he adds, “but its destructive interventions in the Middle East and the War in Iraq were the basic causes of the birth of ISIS.”
To this we may add the world’s greatest terrorist campaign: Obama’s global project of assassination of “terrorists.” The “resentment-generating impact” of those drone and special-forces strikes should be too well known to require further comment.
This is a record to be contemplated with some awe.
© 2014 Noam Chomsky
Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate
Do you agree with columnist Omar Aziz, or is he playing the game of misdirection, so you will not see the true identity of the terrorists? -LW
Omer Aziz is a writer and recent Commonwealth and Pitt Scholar of International Relations at Cambridge University. He is currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He tweets @omeraziz12.
Until the events of Oct. 22, it had become something of a national myth, like multiculturalism and Medicare, that Canada was immune to the effects of terrorism. If the killing of two soldiers was not enough, recall that in 2006, 18 members of a cell in Scarborough and Mississauga were arrested for plotting to shoot up Parliament and behead the prime minister. One of the convicts was later killed fighting in Syria. Another admitted watching jihadist lectures and blamed Canadian foreign policy.
Terrorism, defined here as violence inflicted on innocent people for political ends, is not new to Canada, the West, or the world. The Muslim world deals with it on a routine basis. But shouting terrorism in the crowded public theatres of Twitter and Facebook can be counterproductive when the identity and motives of the suspect are unknown. In the case of the Toronto dropouts-turned-jihadists, and the Ottawa shooter, a powerful stew of extremist ideology, personal pathology, and illusive dreams of violent glory, coupled with selective readings of the Qur’an, long preceded the bullets and bombs.
When these attacks happen, it is important to distinguish conservative, Salafist Muslims from individual terrorists, who may or may not share literalist interpretations of Islam. The Islamic world’s intransigent conservatives have a corrosive impact on freethinking, critical inquiry, and women’s rights in Muslim communities, but they are largely not a threat to security. Neither the Boston bombers nor the Ottawa shooter had done any serious study of Islam before killing innocents, though they did share common traits of drug use, criminal records, and lives lived without purpose that gave symbolic death its own cultish appeal.
In some cases, Salafist or Wahabbist Islam is directly tied to individuals wanting to kill others because the religion becomes – and in some verses, is readily amenable to – a political, anti-imperial program of violent revolution. Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri regularly quoted from the Qur’an; IS’s leaders do the same in their sermons, as do local jihadist groups in Pakistan, India, and Indonesia. Where Salafism is state ideology – in Saudi Arabia and the regime run by the Islamic State – beheadings, amputations, and mass torture take place at home, while the mullahs and financiers do their bit to export it abroad.
But in the lone-wolf attack, Islam is often in the background. In the foreground are troubled individuals. Or, as journalist Glenn Greenwald and others would have you believe, it is Western foreign policies that cause murderers to attack citizens. Leave aside for a moment that this dehumanizes the Muslim, makes him an automatic and anonymous respondent to distant violence done against “his people.” The argument is as toxic as it is inaccurate.
First, it assumes that the attackers’ perception of the government’s foreign policy was accurate; otherwise, any state action anywhere, anytime, could “cause” a person to take up arms against his country. Second, the argument’s indictment of the victim first is morally bankrupt in the general sense, and factually wrong in the Canadian case. Former prime minister Jean Chrétien flatly refused to go to Iraq. Canada assisted in the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and later played a consequential role in reconstruction efforts in Kandahar. In the case of Iraq-Syria, Canada is supporting the coalition currently bombing the Islamic State, a group that has inflicted misery on thousands of Iraqis and Syrians.
You won’t hear a word from the blame-the-West first types about the plight of Yazidis, Druze, Iraqi and Syrian Kurds and Christians; or about Bosnian Muslims saved from fascistic and genocidal militias by NATO – including Canadian – warplanes; or the Afghan girls who can now actually go to school; or the Ahmadi and Shiite Muslims who have seen their children murdered by Taliban thugs for practicing the wrong variant of Islam. Is there a thought to be spared for these and other humans, who are not Westerners but have been maimed, and tortured, and killed by Islamic jihadists at a rate that we would call genocide if it happened in a single country.
This simplistic argument that the Washington and Ottawa’s policies are the cause of any homegrown terrorism is exposed for what it is when one looks at other attacks around the world. There was no Western act that caused violent jihadists to bomb a nightclub in Bali in 2002, killing 200 holidaymakers. Nor was there any nefarious plot but the jihadists’ own that led them to storm the Indian Parliament in 2001 and kill a dozen people.
Who else but the murderous thugs are to blame for the 2003 attack on UN Headquarters in Iraq that killed the legendary diplomat and peacemaker Sergio Viera de Mello? Or the 2014 attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul that killed Luis Maria Duarte, a Paraguayan diplomat who was serving as an election observer in Afghanistan? Let me put it another way. To use the blame-the-victim-first logic, when bombs drop in Gaza, Palestinians living there are to blame for electing Hamas. Not so convincing when applied in other contexts.
Of course, none of this excuses Canada for its human rights violations. Our country’s servile failure in repatriating Omar Khadr, left rotting in his Guantanamo cell for a decade, was a bipartisan effort. The failure to defend Maher Arar, whom the U.S. deported to Syria where he was tortured, should be a permanent blemish upon the nation’s conscience. But the men who commit carnage in the name of religion and ideology are not shouting Khadr and Arar’s names. They are conjuring up fantasies, and using religion to articulate grievances.
But this is Canada. The nation deals with threats and failures in a measured manner that adheres to its values and institutions. Focusing on intercommunal relations should be the logical next step rather than even harsher new anti-terrorism laws that will invariably be felt first and longest by people with brown and black skin. Recovering from an incident of terrorism requires looking back to the traditions of pluralistic Canadian democracy, as much as it does looking forward to continuing this project of Peace, Order, and Good Government.