Radical Islam, Canada-style


This article attempts to explain how the threat of terrorist attacks on Canada motivated by radical Islamist ideologies as evolved over the past decade and the reasons behind it. It begins by explaining that in the early 2000s these threats were more organized. Since then many radical Islamist leaders have fallen and have left behind a leaderless group that lacks organization. The issue at hand is that these individual’s plots are more difficult to detect due to their lack of organization. The article uses the recent attacks on Canadian soldiers in the small city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, southeast of Montreal, and the shooting at the National war memorial in Ottawa as prime examples of low-organized attacks that are extremely difficult to predict. Both of these attacks are fairly miniscule when compared with successful and foiled plots in the past. Some have claimed that these attacks may not have been because of radical beliefs, but rather due to mental illnesses, especially in the case of the National War Memorial shooting. Others have gone as far as to claim these events to be paranoia based propaganda used to attempt to bring about change.

The article indirectly blames the war on terror for creating this new form of terror, or possibility of terror. This happens because as the article’s main point suggests, the marginalization of individuals can easily lead to radicalization. This is because, as the article states; If you are alienated, angry and attracted to violence, radical Islam provides a powerful ideology of justification. If you are lonely and purposeless, it offers redemptive self-sacrifice. I believe that this is a very important topic of discussion for many reasons. It shows that our preventive methods may be aiming at the wrong target. If marginalized citizens can aided before they encounter a chance to become radicalized. This will also in turn lower the sheer number of attacks to be carried out on Canadian soil. Will this stop all attacks? No, but the attacks that occur will be less likely to be from radicalized individuals. This is also important because North America has gained a habit of labeling many events as terrorist attacks carried out by Radical Islamists. A decrease in these attacks would not only weaken the paranoia surrounding society but would also alter world-views of many individuals.

I believe that the world-view of general society would be the first that would need to change to have the greatest effect. A world-view is the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world, or a collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group. Currently the world-view on Islam is increasingly one of violence because of these attacks.

This is also a good example for showing how globalism has altered the world we live in. Propaganda to change world-views is easier to spread now than it has ever been due to the multiple mediums (videos, advertisements, and social media) that are available to basically anyone willing to use them.

In all, this article does an excellent job at highlighting issues that are current in our ever-changing world. It also does a great job of describing different effects that may influence these changes.

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One thought on “Radical Islam, Canada-style

  1. Radical Islam, Canada-style
    I don’t believe that the war on terror is totally due to political or ideological viewpoints or religious ideals. The statement about poverty and marginalization is true in many countries around the world and suffering usually leads to forms of radicalization and criminal activities in impoverished areas. The attacks on Canada make no logical sense unless you’re trying for media coverage and awareness which I believe doesn’t work very well. The mental illness problems are also a contributing factor but the adherence to things like Isis makes no sense in my point of view. Each individual makes a choice like that for specific factors in their life not indoctrination in main stream media.
    #200 MK

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