His father’s history offers a hint of what Mr. Bathurst was concerned about. In 2011, a Montrealer named “Belgasem Zahef” was quoted in a Washington Times dispatch from the front in Libya, where he had travelled to join the rebel fight. The man described being detained at the Zawiyah oil terminal, where he witnessed torture.
At the Burnaby mosque, Mr. Bathurst said his friend’s “erratic” behaviour – he did not elaborate – caused frictions with the elders at the house of worship, who asked him to stop attending prayers. At that time, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was living in a barely furnished single-room apartment.
Mr. Bathurst said he recalls his friend being arrested at the mosque a few years ago after bizarrely calling police to tell them about a crime he had committed many years before.
H/T Andrew Bostom
There is lots of other news and a similar attack is taking place in Israel. Please check the comments under this post for newer information. I will not be posting other posts besides updates on this for obvious reasons but commenters are putting links in for other news in the comments.
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15:37 New York police posting guards at Canadian Consulate till everything is clear.
Ottawa Police Press Conference
As I predicted, and feared, Soldiers are being told not to wear their uniforms in public. Lets hope its just today and not a general thing.
1:23 PM CTV News confirms death of Canadian Soldier shot in today’s attack.
US Embassy in Ottawa on Lockdown. Spokesman for Embassy says:
yada yada yada wuzza wuzza Canada and US good friends, offer assistance, blather blather no actual content whatsoever.
Ottawa Hospital reporting it has received three patients with gunshot wounds.
CNN is reporting heightened FBI alerts as “Increased chatter by Islamic State officials”
Ottawa Shooting Witness Clips
12:50 Guard at Parliament hill shot in leg, is OK and at hospital,
(I have put times in where I had them. The rest of the reports are not necessarily in chronological order)
***I Was just informed that the guard who was shot at the War Memorial has no ammunition in his rifle. He was uniformed, and had a C7 with zero ammunition in it by policy. This thing could have ended much faster if military personnel had actual ammunition in their weapons. To give a person a visible gun with no ammo is the most dangerous thing I can think of. ***
More shots reported fired now at 10:58
10:58 AM RCMP URGENT REQUEST: ANYONE DOWNTOWN STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND OFF THE STREETS
Best description so far on news as of 10:53 AM is 2 men wearing white scarves (Shahadis?) one of them is already stopped, one still active, large section of downtown in lockdown
The day after the attack in Montreal, yesterday, a caller to CFRA predicted that soldiers would be told not to wear their uniforms in public. Call was made to Lowell Green on Oct. 21 – 2014
Two self declared Muslims, Tarek Fatah and Raheel Reza were both interviewed today by the Sun Chain about the attack in Montreal and the three girls who were caught in Turkey trying to join the Islamic State and had left Toronto to do so.
There is a critical difference in the approach between these two people.
On the attack in Montreal:
If there was any doubt about Couture-Rouleau’s motives, it ended when Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles reported Couture-Rouleau called a 911 dispatcher and explained he was “acting in the name of Allah.”
On the three girls from Toronto:
Twenty years ago, would the RCMP have released teenage IRA recruits back into the care of their parents?
We now have three teenage girls who apparently believe in the ISIS doctrine of armed jihad and who flew out of the country to join it, walking freely about our city, while the rest of us have no information as to who they are or what to look out for.
As someone who has received death threats from Islamists as late as two weeks ago, and who in 2011 received a threat from a teenage Somali girl when I was hospitalized, perhaps I am a bit paranoid.
Read the whole article for context. But Tarek has it right. The frame of reference is only Canadian and Canadian law. There is no attempt to discuss the motives or actions or justifications from any other point of view. Tarek’s reasoning in these, as in most things, mirrors my own.
Then we have Raheel Reza on wearing the veil during citizenship oath:
Her reasoning seems to be about what Islam and koran allows or demands. I find this to be extremely problematic. It doesn’t matter if her interpretation agrees with Canadian values or laws. It only matters what Canadian values or laws are. What if the Koran did demand that women wear the veil whenever they are in infidel lands? Would she be backing that view then? We must never consider what foreign value sets demand when within Canada and I find it a kind of anesthesia when seemingly liberal muslims try and agree with us while sneaking in the idea that the koran or Islamic law should be viewed as an authority and something which should be considered.
ISIS has reportedly struck the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in what could be the furthers incursion yet into Iraq’s capital.
On Tuesday the Islamist militant group took credit for a mortar attack against the embassy in Baghdad. The group bragged about the attack on social media, claiming that there were likely casualties.
Long time readers of my blog may remember a thing I ran on the sidebar of this site to get the US government to give two new recruits to the US forces a purple heart who had been shot by a convert to Islam while standing in a parking lot of a mall in front of a military office in 2009.
While the similarities are interesting it is the differences that really count in this case.
I ran that campaign because the US government was refusing to look at it as an act of war and so the soldiers were not given the Purple heart which they richly deserved and earned, especially considering the number of people that received one from injuring themselves on things like Coke machines. Seriously.
However as Canada’s government has already clearly acknowledged that this was indeed a terrorist attack I feel hopeful at this time that the two men who were attacked, and one who died, will receive all the benefits for themselves and their families that they would have received had this occurred in an officially designated combat zone.
Perhaps we should keep one jaundiced eye open on the news to make sure this is the case anyway. Political correctness and pressure from muslim groups surely will try and get this listed as ‘work-place violence’ or some other Obama brand, US style crazy deflection from reality. But I hope we Canadians have more sense than that and are capable of dealing with reality in the here and now.
Meanwhile, people may want to check out Point De Bascule which has a great set of resources on the Imam who preaches at the mosque that the jihadi who attacked those two men near Montreal attended.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sorrow for the loss, and respect for this serviceman who died in this jihadi attack as well as the other who was injured. A caller to Lowell Green’s show this morning had a great idea that all of us should show support by dressing in combat fatigues or otherwise in military style with the proviso that we do not actually wear a uniform if we are not in the forces. But cammo pants or jacket would be a good idea.
H/T C.B. Sashenka