The never-ending war on terror launched by an American president has inspired the Conservatives and their supporters. That way lies fear as the source of public policy decisions.
attack on Parliament hill
Two weeks after the senseless murder of a soldier on Parliament Hill there are several things we know and many we don't. Obvious questions have been asked and inconvenient ones have been left aside.
After Wednesday's events in Ottawa, Rick Salutin comments on the "unprecedented chaos, lost our virginity/innocence, never gonna be the same, demise of Canada as a Peaceable Kingdom" narrative.
For years, the pro-war right has suppressed any meaningful discussion of the "root causes" of terrorism, limiting our focus to the horrific nature of terrorist acts in order to rouse us to go to war.
The tragic events in Ottawa give us an opportunity to examine our addiction to violence as the solution to conflict. Will we use the chance to disengage from our increasingly militarized culture?
One suspect and one victim are confirmed dead. rabble.ca has collected some of the tweets from Ottawa here showing the way people reacted during the event.
CBC's Peter Mansbridge give updates on Ottawa situation and what is currently known.
A Globe and Mail reporter captures the exchange of gun fire in Parliament Hill building Wednesday October 22.