First and foremost, my heart, as well as all of us here at A.S.I., send our condolences to all the families affected by the events in Toronto and to all those injured or killed.
It was just a matter of time before Canadians would start to feel the terror experienced by others around the world. Unfortunately, we can thank a man named Alek Minassian for waking up Canadians from the false securities they were led to believe. As Canadians watched terrorist attacks happen around the world, following heartfelt condolences you could often hear echoed words of “I am glad I live in Canada, things like that do not happen here.” or “Canadians are the peacekeepers, so there is no need to attack.” The Canadian government following this latest tragedy is still telling Canadians that their safety is not in jeopardy. I say REALLY!!! Do they honestly think that Canadians will be able to walk down a sidewalk again and feel safe?
It is said that the Government of Canada had Intelligence reports claiming they should make rental places aware of suspicious rentals of vans and moving trucks. Rumour has it that they did send out notices across Canada, especially in Ontario because of the G7 summit meeting. As if that would have made all the difference in preventing an attack. We all know that those who have intent on reeking havoc and are set on mass casualties have a sign on their chest announcing the intentions for the rental. But in all fairness, It is reported that this college student was not on any watch lists or known to the Ontario police at the time of the attack.
Alek Minassian proceeded to rent a cube van, then deliberately drove on the sidewalk, with accelerated speeds, for the sole purpose to commit multiple injuries and deaths. He ran down 25 or more people that were walking down one of the busiest sidewalks in the city of Toronto Canada. Although in custody, they still do not know the motive behind this deadly attack nor have they reported any mental illness.
If you ask me, even if they find he was not linked to any terrorist groups, it should be treated as a terrorist attack all the same. The laws in Canada are very slack when it comes to murderers. The most he will get will be 25 years, which in Canada is considered a life sentence. With the exceptions that he is deemed a dangerous offender, and then after exhausted appeals, he can be held forever, But don’t hold your breath because in Canada it is very rare that happens. Under the terrorist laws, he can be held indefinitely and sentenced in the same fashion regardless of mental illness, shy of debilitation-retardation, which from the arrest footage he does not suffer from. It will be interesting to see how he will be charged in the coming days. As of right now, he is being charged with 10 counts of murder and 14 counts of attempted murder. Will he be sentenced separately based per murder and attempted murder? After Canadians are done mourning, they should get angry and demand that he be charged as a terrorist.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is quite possibly a duck. He used a terrorist method of attack. He verbalized hate speech on social media, and he terrorized Toronto. He committed more than one murder and injured many.
WHO IS HE? Answer: A Terrorist.
Canadians are standing in unity at the moment, but will they stay in unity and demand that the laws be changed to longer sentences and have them changed life to actually meaning “Natural life”? Will the stay unified and march with petitions on Congress for better protection on soft targets in Canada? Terrorist attacks are here and it’s time to catch up to the rest of the world and face the facts that no place is really safe from the events of the world, not even Canada.
Stay unified and demand change.