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On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used the 't' word -- terrorism -- to describe the violent events of last week in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
It's not surprising, since the Canadian government itself freely uses that characterization.
Others still insist that these events were the product of severely disaffected individuals, not the work of organized conspirators.
In other words, the violent events of last week were, as the Quebec Health Minister said, more matters of psychiatry than national security.
In a way, it is all a semantic argument.