Canadian Cops Too Scared to Label Attacks as Terrorism

Has the media become too scared to tell us about terrorism?

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Security footage showing the two suspects entering the restaurant

A couple of men detonated a bomb inside a Mississauga restaurant Thursday. Police said it wasn’t terrorism.

About two weeks earlier, a group calling itself the Islamic Revolutionary Force threatened to destroy beaches in Muskoka.

Police said it wasn’t terrorism.

A month or so before that, a man attacked pedestrians in Toronto using a van, killing 10 and injuring 16 others.

Police said it wasn’t terrorism.

So What Exactly is Terrorism?

The Oxford Dictionary defines terrorism this way: “The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

So doesn’t that mean all three of these events were terrorism?

A little over a year ago, Neil Macdonald of CBC News put it this way: “Terrorism is political invective, nothing more. It’s a great favourite of demagogues, widely accepted by audiences, and is almost always applied exclusively to the other, never to ourselves.”

Wow, even more, words to look up.

But now, the word terrorism is almost never used.

Mississauga Bombing

Take the attack Thursday night. Moments after the attack, there wasn’t any live on-the-scene coverage. Both CTV and CBC were reporting on an American sex scandal, and Global TV had Late Night with Stephen Colbert. City TV had an American Crime Watch show airing. So much for Canadian news coverage.

So are terrorist attacks becoming so commonplace now that we don’t even call them terrorist attacks anymore?

“Today, the word terrorism is so objectively meaningless that the only sensible definition is: “Violence we disapprove of,” the CBC’s Macdonald writes. “In fact, not using the term terrorism is now conflated with terrorism itself.”

The Media

So has the media really covered recent terrorist attacks in Canada extensively?

That depends on what you call terrorism.

You won’t hear Mississauga Police Chief Jennifer Evans using that word to describe what happened on Thursday.

Actually, you won’t hear her telling us a whole lot about what really happened here.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. We know this is an extremely difficult time for them. I want to assure everyone that every police resource is being used right now to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act,” Evans told reporters at the scene on Friday morning. “There is no indication this is a terrorist attack or a hate crime at this time. We haven’t ruled anything out as we start the investigation.”

Well, somebody better find out whether this was terrorism, a hate crime or something else. And somebody better be prepared to tell the public either way. So far, the reluctance of the police to discuss the case or share information with the public is disturbing. It’s almost as disturbing as the reluctance of the press to report any news about the event.


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  1. Obviously the Prime Minister and the liberal power controlling government have issued a suppression of the truth when it comes to terroism and the the negative effects to an open boarder

    1. You are so right Bryan, but we know the other powers you speak of are Soros and his “Open Borders Society” and of course the UN. Yes, silence is the key word. I can see they would not have a problem keeping the media silent, as they are bought and paid for. You would think the RCMP would eventually break their silence and call a spade a spade. Well, I guess we’ll have to wait till after 2019 before this country can get back to normal.

  2. The reason they are scared, is because when events like this happen the ISLAMIC Community applies pressure and in some cases may even threaten violence if the police imply that acts such as these are Terrorist Oriented.

    It also does not help that the Ontario Attorney General (Yasir Naqvi) is a Pakistan MUSLIM with Ties to the ISLAMIC Terrorist Organization “The MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD”.

  3. Use of the word demagogue should be used more. Admittedly, I had to look it up, and now that I know what it means, it seems to me left leaning media use these tactics all the time. Appeal to popular desires and attitudes to push their agendas. Call something terrorist relates? You must be racist. Say something anti-islamic? You must be racist. The media has lowered their standards to avoid criticism which ultimately bypasses there truth.

Jeff Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson is a retired writer, who worked 35 years in print and broadcast journalism before retiring. He also served in the press operations crews at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

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