Defining ‘terrorism’ after the Halifax mass-shooting plot | rabble.ca

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Canadian Politics

Muslims are terrorists, while white suburban kids may be “murderous misfits” (in our grandstanding Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s inappropriate turn of phrase), but not terrorists.

Canada’s Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as being “in whole or in part for a political, religious or ideological purpose, objective or cause… with the intention of intimidating the public.”

Is someone who commits mass murder for thrills a terrorist? Was Justin Bourque, who targeted police for twisted ideological reasons, a terrorist? Or should we save our use of that word for Al Qaeda, ISIS militants, Timothy McVeigh… those with not only malice aforethought but also “grander” visions than death in a blaze of glory?

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