Canada earned the top spot for unexpected terrorist attacks with two attacks. First was Monday just outside the city of Montreal when a man, Martin Couture Rouleau, 25, of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, ran down two soldiers murdering one and seriously wounding the second. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson David Falls was quoted Monday explaining the suspect “was known to Federal authorities” and “authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized.” Neighbors were quoted noting that Mr. Richelieu had made visible changes in his attire and spent more time alone. One noted that about a year ago Mr. Richelieu had converted to Islam. Another noted Mr. Richelieu had ceased wearing jeans and began dressing with a tunic and took a more conservative dress. A CBC report told about his Facebook page appearing to show someone who had become more radicalized over time, with many recent posts proclaiming admiration for jihad. Police had shot Richelieu after he attempted to flee after running down the two Canadian soldiers.
Then on Wednesday, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau initially shot the soldier walking guard duty at the Canada National War Memorial before walking into the neighboring Parliament building and opening fire before he was stopped by a hail of gunfire from security personnel. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born Michael Joseph Hall changing his name as part of his conversion to Islam. Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke disclosing that these events were a, “grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the attacks that happened around the world.” The young soldier murdered at his guard post was Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our condolences and heartfelt sorrow goes to the families of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the unnamed soldier in Montreal and the wounded soldier for a fast and complete recovery.
There was another terror attack which has not received the same international attentions as the attacks in Canada. Perhaps it was because it occurred in Jerusalem, Israel or that there were eight people injured by the maniac who drove his vehicle through a crowded light rail station and that the sole fatality was a three-month-old baby girl named Chaya Zissel Braun (below is the last picture taken in her all too short life at the Western Wall). The horrific irony is that Chaya means ‘life’ in Hebrew yet the little girl with the name Chaya had her entire life stolen by a brutal act of pure hate. The terrorist, twenty-one-year-old Abdelrahman Shaludi was a citizen of Jerusalem and was known to be anti-Jewish and harboring the desire to drive those he saw as interlopers from his lands. He was shot dead as he attempted to flee the scene on foot after crashing his car while driving down people as they fled from his vehicle as it struck the people at the up street end of the light rail stop. Most of those injured received aid at the scene or were transported to local hospitals where some remain who had suffered more serious wounds. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Chaya Zissel Braun though nothing can alleviate your pains and nor can we understand your feelings of loss but hope the fact of our caring is some degree of comfort.
The next day there was an assault launched on a kindergarten class with rocks by Palestinian youths. Also, as the world and particularly the United States gave sympathy and understanding for Canada’s loss and their tightening of security and put the nation on high alert, the United States State Department issued a statement for the attack in Jerusalem where they condemned the attack but tempered their disdain for the attack of innocents, their main message was concern that Israel might react to the attack and change anything which might cause difficulties for the reconvening of the two sides in negotiations. Perhaps if Israeli enforcement forces had been placed on high alert the rock assault on a kindergarten might have been intercepted or otherwise broken up before they caused a threat to more children, innocent children. Then there is the statement from Hamas on the assault which took the life of three month old where their spokesperson stated, “This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews.” One has to note that he did not claim Settlers or Israelis or Zionists; his statement claimed this was the natural act against Jews which is the problem Israel must retain as the unity government has done nothing to modify this attitude in Hamas, it has only allowed it to spread to Abbas’s Palestinians.
The last point was the reactions from out of Washington DC and the American government. The State Department had no advice or condemnation for Canada heightening their threat level security levels but they demanded that Israel accept the injury to their citizens and the death, the needless death of a three month old innocent yet Israel was instructed to stand down and not to take any steps which might be seen as threatening. The State Department statement was for all sides not to escalate the situation. What does that mean, that Israel must not become more wary and the Palestinians should continue running over Israelis with their cars? Perhaps it means for Israelis to continue to be targets for terrorists and the terrorists are to continue killing those Israelis? What does the United States State Department demanding that the sides not escalate, what exactly does that mean? Was not the death of a three month old infant enough provocation for at a minimum placing police and other enforcement personnel on an alert status, not according to the United States? And what is the message to the Palestinians and other terrorists? Are they to take that they are not to escalate from driving vehicles into crowds or are they permitted any attack of crowds as long as they do not surpass the limit of only murdering three month olds? Also, if this murder of such an innocent should not cause any reaction from Israel, what are we to wait for before we are permitted to be disturbed? How many children must die before we are permitted to react? What is the number? Was it not enough after Yonathan Palmer and his father or the Fogel Family? How many before we can react? Do we need wait until when the attack on a school bus like the latest tactic tried by the Palestinian stone throwers where they not only pelted the school bus with rocks but also attempted to throw bags of black paint onto the windshield in order to obscure the driver’s sight and cause him to crash after which they could casually murder every child on the bus. This has been the Palestinians’ reaction whenever they managed to crash any vehicles by throwing rocks when they then proceeded to murder the people trapped or unconscious in those vehicles. Now they are attacking school buses with rocks and additionally paint to obscure the road forcing the driver to either crash or stop the bus, either one gains them access to the innocents inside which will be the next mass murder event when the American State Department will demand we remain calm and not do anything which might disturb the peace process. What about our dead children, how do they serve your precious peace process? Tell me that before I decide that your demand to stand down is simply anti-Semitism in another new and inventive form. Tell me that if you dare.
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