Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Terrorist's Won't Win If We Remember

Wednesday, 22/October, was an unnerving day in Ottawa. As I went to appointments outside the downtown area the mood was sullen; flags were being half-masted as news of the death was spread by exhaustive media coverage.

There's grief and sorrow for the family of the reservist soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo from Hamilton who succumbed to a terrorist's gunshot while on ceremonial duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In responding to the events let's remember that jihadists are a tiny minority and recall the lesson of Japanese internment and similar mistakes. It could be that Corporal Cirillo's Italian ancestors, if residents of Canada during the Second World War, would have been treated as the enemy.

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