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Ottawa War Memorial shooting

Muslim groups condemn the pair of deadly attacks this week, but some worry angry residents will look to take out their frustration on innocent Muslim-Canadians.


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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had connections to jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, sources told CNN today.


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Fox News’ Shepard Smith delivered a monologue about Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa, urging people not to “give in” to panic when these types of attacks occur.

Smith first spoke of the inevitability of these types of attacks, saying:

“Our authorities warn us, at some point, somebody — some lone wolf, somebody who’s mad at somebody, somebody who’s following some radical, ridiculous ideology — will walk into a shopping mall or into a train station or something that is not tightly secured and start firing away.”

The Fox host then urged viewers not to “freak out” when these events occur, emphasizing that to give in to hysteria would detract from being a “free people.”

“And on that day, at that time, we as a collective being must not give in,” Smith said. “On that day, we don’t have to change everything about our lives, we don’t have to add things that make us not a free people … if we want to have a free nation, there’s give and there’s bend. If you see something, say something, but beyond that don’t freak out when it happens. Easier said than done, isn’t it?”

For Smith’s full monologue, watch the segment above.

H/T Mediaite


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The horrific killing of a Canadian soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday has left not only the nation — but the world — shocked, confused and grieving.

But while hearts are heavy, a great sense of fear has also set in over what is now being called an act of terror.

Here’s how newspapers all across Canada tried to make sense of the tragedy Thursday morning (via Newseum):

The Globe and Mail
attacked globe mail

The Chronicle Herald
chronicle herald

Edmonton Journal
edmonton

Metro Toronto
metro

Calgary Sun
not be int

Fort McMurray Today
attack today

The Province
parliament

Ottawa Citizen
terror

The Star Phoenix
nation asks


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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau IDd as Ottawa shooter Oct 22 2014

Police sources say they have seized the belongings of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who rampaged on Parliament Hill Wednesday, while residents of a downtown shelter that had welcomed him say he told them to pray because the “world is ending.”


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As shocked as many Canadians, and much of the world, are about the shootings that occurred in Ottawa yesterday, they really shouldn’t be. Given the call to arms that al Qaeda and the Islamic State have made to their devotees, the rise of acts of home grown terrorism, and the propensity of lone wolf actors to basically act at will, we must acknowledge that such acts are occurring, and will occur, with greater frequency in the future.

It is actually surprising that such acts of terror do not occur with greater frequency, in large part a credit to the work of the intelligence agencies. Much goes on behind the scenes that average citizens will never know about; hundreds of attacks in the planning stages have been foiled as a result. That said, look at the toll these individual actions take on our national psyches.

In the case of Ottawa, the entire nation has been gripped with fear. But why? Similar acts have occurred in countries in every part of the globe, such as the U.S., Sweden, and Australia. Such a brazen act has never before occurred in Canada, but, to me, that is a miracle. Think about it. Think about how easy it was for the gunman to gain access to Parliament. Obviously, there is a security protocol there, but if it were more stringent, he never would have been able to successfully enter the facility.

More to the point, the security ‘protocol’ is almost completely absent in most of the non-governmental infrastructure of the developed world. Sure — if you go to a corporate headquarters in New York or London, your bag may be screened, and you may be asked to walk through a body scanner — but this is rare. I have been to many office buildings where my bag was checked (by an unarmed guard), but my body was never searched. What is the point, I would ask myself.

Apart from countries where there is an existing threat, or there has already been an attack, it is extremely rare to find any visible security protocol in a shopping mall, movie theater, or restaurant. When I lived in Manila, bags were searched in virtually every one of the examples noted above — but only cursory body searches were performed, if at all. Once again, what’s the point of just going through the motions? The ‘impression’ that there is a visible security protocol gives the average citizen in such places a sense of comfort — but it really shouldn’t.

Imagine what would happen if a single gunman opened fire in any of the unprotected, unmonitored malls in the United States. I would imagine most people would then stop going to the mall. What kind of economic impact would that have in the short-term? Fairly substantial, I would think. You may note, quite rightly, that the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado did not stop people from going to the movies, but I would argue, that is because it didn’t happen again. If it did, I suspect people would stop going to movie theaters. Could it easily happen again? Sure.

The simple point I am making is that these attacks will become more frequent, and, over time, they will have an economic impact on the countries in which they occur, for the simple reason that all one needs to create terror is a gun. Given how prevalent guns are in the U.S. and elsewhere, it is probably just a matter of time until something terrible happens, again. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State know this, as do their devotees.

While governments have already done so, now would be a good time for businesses to ramp up their security protocols, in recognition of the evolving new terrorism/lone wolf normal, and in a meaningful way. Businesses are traditionally resistant to spending money on security, but being proactive is likely to have a positive impact in terms of deterrence. Right now, it is a free-for-all, in favor of those who wish to generate fear and create terror among the general populace. Hopefully, Ottawa will prove to be a useful wake-up call in that regard. Neither Columbine, Aurora, or Newtown were.

*Daniel Wagner is CEO of Country Risk Solutions and author of “Managing Country Risk”.