Before I begin this allow me to pay tribute to the people killed in the Quebec Mosque massacre;
Father-of-three Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, a grocer and butcher
Khaled Belkacemi, 60, a professor at Laval University
Father-of-three, Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, government IT worker
Aboubaker Thabti, 44,
Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42,
Ibrahima Barry, 39
These are not just names, images or words with corresponding number. These are fathers, brothers, sons, professors, friends, neighbours and people with lives. I don’t exclusive stop here, any murdering of civilians should be condemned whether the victims were black, white, Muslim, Jewish, gay, transgender it does not matter.
Now, my grievance;
CNN Headline [31.01.17]
New York Times [31.01.17]
USA Today, Trivialisation. [31.01.17]BBC News [31.01.17]
For the eagle-eyed; you’ll notice something brewing here. Mr Bissonnette has the privilege of many white terrorists of not being named as such. As I scoured online and through news articles, I could only find fringe media reporting him as ‘terrorist’, however I did find the sentiment when the attack was thought to be perpetrated by another Moroccan man, who is still being questioned but has changed his status from suspect to witness.
My question now is, why can’t white people be terrorists?
A number of reasons I’ve found that could be deployed here, however almost all do not materialise, which I shall explain.
Reason 1; Terrorists must be ideologically driven.
Now, you see, this is true. Got me there. Except one thing; Mr Schopenhauer will profusely argue that ‘White Supremacy’ is an ideology, his ideology. An ideology that has shaped and possibly ruined cohesion prospects in many countries. As a result of which, KKK fit the bill perfectly. However, they are not deemed terrorists, even though they commit terror. Must be a one off right? Well, most recently Anti-Balaka massacres in Central Africa Republic will have you believing otherwise. Oh! and not forgetting to mention the biggest terrorist incident since 9/11 committed by Timothy McVeigh, The KKK “Wizard”(weird) who murdered an Ethiopian in America Tom Metzger, alongside his son, John or something rather.
Reason 2; Terrorists have their own mental capacity, and many other incidents are by ‘lone-wolfs’ with mental issues.
You see, I wish that were true. Yahya Rashid, Imran Khawaja, Jihadi John all specified as having low IQ and mental challenges. However, one cannot condemn ISIS without condemning ‘lone wolfs’. Ignorance is never an excuse. Whilst ISIS cannot have any excuses. Terrorism cannot have an excuse. Terrorism has no race, no face, no colour or creed.
Reason 3; Islamic terrorist murder occurs every day and is a real threat.
Evidence says otherwise.
White people cannot be terrorists as there are no military agenda in that sector. Terror has propagated war for decades now, and for this reason the label remains on a muslim, and can be committed only by a muslim.
Mr Bissonnette now faces 6 charges of first degree murder, no counts of terrorism, or hate inspired crime.
I’ll end on a definition of terrorism so my Billy-Bob friends can ponder for a moment.