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It has been a difficult, sad week. One Canadian soldier murdered by a vehicle turned into a weapon on Monday, another gunned down at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday, and the armed assailant later killed while roaming the halls of Parliament. We do not yet know to what extent the two incidents are connected. We do not know if they were in any way planned in concert, or to any degree directed from overseas. What appears far more likely is that they are connected only by a thin thread of ideology: a pseudo-religion that dreams of purification through violence, and whose only commandments are death, death and death.
There’s much the public doesn’t yet know about the men who carried out these two attacks. At the time of this writing, sources tell The Globe that the Parliament Hill shooter, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, intended to travel abroad, but had not been able to secure a valid travel document from federal officials. Monday’s killer, Martin Rouleau-Couture, had his passport taken away because he was believed to be trying to leave the country to join a jihadist group in Syria. In both cases, questions are rightly being asked about why these men, considered sufficiently high-risk to be denied the right to travel, were never charged. There will be questions about whether police and prosecutors made the wrong call, and why, and whether the law could or should have allowed them to do otherwise. ......
Ottawa shooting: Harper’s pro-US agenda has turned Canada into a target and divided society
The impact of the country’s participation in the US-led war against Isis has already been felt
The safest country in the world is no longer a safe place and many Canadians will be asking today whether this is because the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushed Canada into joining the US-led war in the Middle East.......
..........Canada has a large Muslim population – more than 2 per cent are Canadian citizens – but the word “radicalised” only came into use recently when the Harper government revealed it believed that about 30 young Canadians had gone to support Isis........
TIMELINE Ottawa shooting: How events unfolded
First shots fired at 9:52 a.m. at the War Memorial
At the National War Memorial
Members of the Hamilton-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada had been the sentries at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this week.
At 9:52 a.m. on Oct. 22, two soldiers were on guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa when one was shot. Witnesses reported hearing four gunshots.
Raivo Nommick, who was walking by the memorial, said: "All of a sudden I just heard a shot, turned around and there was a guy with a rifle."
More shots rang out and Nommick saw the other soldier come running over and the first soldier drop.
Nommick says he "immediately called 911."
He says the shooter had "a long-barrelled rifle" and "was dressed in civilian clothes with a hoodie and a bandana."
Jan Lugtenborg, a Dutch tourist, was waiting for a tour bus when he heard four shots.
"The guy who shot, he was a small man with long black hair," Lugtenborg said. The shooter "suddenly crossed the street with his long rifle ... running like hell" towards Parliament Hill......................
Ottawa’s secrecy fetish only added to confusion and fear of dangerous situation
The practical effects of the cult of secrecy that has enveloped Ottawa were put on display for all Canadians Wednesday during the shootings on Parliament Hill.
While courageous police and front-line security forces did their best to deal with the chaos that reigned across the core of the capital, a cloak of official silence descended that left everyone below the level of Prime Minister in the dark about what was going on.
Members of Parliament were herded into “safe” areas and left for hours with no better instructions than to “stay away from windows.” They barricaded doors with chairs, hid under desks, fled from one meeting room to another. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair managed to break free in time to record a televised message, but late into the evening – long past any real danger that the halls of Parliament remained unsafe – CBC reported Liberal leader Justin Trudeau might have to deliver his address by phone because he hadn’t been released yet. (He was eventually freed in time to address TV cameras).....
The attack on Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and the National War Memorial has left one Canadian soldier and one male suspect dead.
Convert to islam Martin Rouleau runs down two soldiers, killing one.