So much for Harris’ racial profiling

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.




  1. Great American Satan says

    US fundies have a long tradition of demonizing non-fundieprotestant religions as having special mind-control powers that come from demons and magic. I’m not joking. The white guy, while he messes with the idea of racial profiling, perfectly confirms that them oriental mystics have witch powers. Good times.

  2. says

    police shot Aaron Driver after he detonated a device that wounded himself and one other person

    He wounded himself with a bomb, so they shot him? What, to make sure he didn’t have another bomb? To stop him from bleeding at them?

  3. Siobhan says

    He allegedly said he had another bomb, Marcus, so this (for once) does sound like a justified shooting.

  4. militantagnostic says

    The obvious solution is to deport the economically marginalized. If any terrorist attacks occur after deporting the bottom 10%, deport the bottom 10% of the remaining population and so on. Success is guaranteed. You lefties have no common sense.

  5. militantagnostic says

    Siobhan @5

    militantagnostic for President 2016

    Not eligible – Actually, I was thinking of challenging Jason Kenny for leader of Alberta Regressive Preservatives.

  6. says

    I can’t help but think he was killed so he couldn’t be exonerated in court like Nutall and Korody.

    I hate to say it but that’s another of the thoughts that I immediately had. If the FBI warned the RCMP about him, it’s possible that the FBI was grooming him to see if they could make him pop. Most of the “terrorists” the FBI has caught are people that the FBI talked into becoming terrorists — it’s a great way to pad your score. And if the guy’s dead, then that never comes out at a trial. Another anti-terrorism success story.

    No matter how you slice it, though, if the guy was killed with a bomb, going to someplace where he could use it, it’s a good thing he was stopped. Would have been nice if they’d stopped him before he blew up in some poor unsuspecting cab driver’s cab.

    Also, it doesn’t look like much of a bomb. There’s still most of a cab left. That also tends to reinforce for me the theory that he’s an idiot that the FBI fed a lot of rope to.