In before someone shouts “context!”
A Canadian terrorist with idealistic sympathies to ISIS was shot by police during a confrontation where the suspect detonated a bomb that wounded himself and one other. But he’s not who you might think:
A 24-year-old man who had been under a peace bond for being an ISIS sympathizer was killed Wednesday night by police responding to what they say was “a potential terrorist threat” in the small southern Ontario town of Strathroy.
RCMP told Driver’s family that police shot Aaron Driver after he detonated a device that wounded himself and one other person, CBC News has learned. The identity of the other person isn’t clear.
A white, all Canadian terrorist. In a separate story on Driver’s background, CBC found he had converted from one form of nonsense to another (Christianity to Islam) during a period of intense poverty and strife. He slipped through the cracks and had limited access to the social safety net.
We are lucky his plot was foiled. Otherwise we’d all be scrambling for an explanation. I’m sure many of us will be anyways. It’s right there in the story: Poverty, desperation, class marginalization. People will concern themselves solely with Islam, and knowing how fucking dense bigots are, they’ll make the leap to racial profiling and xenophobia.
This terrorist was white. Perhaps we’ll understand this less to be a white versus brown issue or an immigrants versus patriots issue and start to understand it as a “marginalization breeds the conditions for radicalization” issue.
Somehow I doubt it.
Expel teh mooooooosleeeeems–exactly the sort of easy solution ISIS offers to fix everything (remember they target heretic Muslims sects more than anything), only more believable to ignorant, gullible Westerners because it’s an idea sold by white fascist demagogues.