Publisher's Commentary

Winning the Wind

The recent death of two Canadian soldiers and their assailants compells me to comment – I have trouble dignifying what happened to Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent by labelling them terrorist attacks. Certainly many people (on several sides of the issue) see a great benefit in calling them terrorists but these despicable acts did not make the assailants martyrs. Both were alienated people with an extensive history of psychological issues. These are classic suicides by cop.

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Blue Line Magazine December 2014 Subscribe

If Jihad Comes to Yorkdale

AK-47s crackling, grenades crashing in all directions and blood-splattered shoppers madly dashing for the exits. Mumbai or Nairobi? Yes, but not Yorkdale or the Toronto Eaton Centre or West Edmonton Mall. Or so we will fondly believe until the day it happens.

Mass assault on a crowd of civilians is a spectacular form of terrorist attack and one that al-Shabaab or Lashkar e-Taiba are proud to have undertaken. Other al-Qaeda franchisees and affiliates would love to do the same.

It would be hard, but not impossible, to launch such an attack in Canada.


Police car kick is officer assault

A man who kicked the window area of a police car driver's door was found guilty of assaulting a peace officer and intimidating a justice system participant.


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Researchers link psychological problems to 'lone wolf' attacks

Dec 15 2014

LONDON - A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada's Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas' capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London.

Police said all three were terrorists and motivated by ideology. Authorities and family members said they may have been mentally ill. A growing body of research suggests they might well have been both.

New studies have challenged several decades of thinking that psychological problems are only a minor factor in the making of terrorists. The research has instead found a significant link between mental problems and "lone wolf'' terrorism.