July 21st, 2018

Terror attacks the new normal?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 25, 2018.

A day after a man mowed down pedestrians with a rented van in Toronto, it’s understandable if citizens are starting to believe that terror attacks are the new normal.

Monday’s tragedy, which killed 10 people and injured 15 more, came just a day after a gunman killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville and a suicide bomber killed 57 people in Kabul, Afghanistan.

We’re just over six months removed from the deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival, when 58 concertgoers died and 851 were injured.

It’s hard to blame people if they feel a little less safe these days when they’re out and about in highly populated areas. The rash of attacks in recent years, using everything from bombs to guns to vehicles, has left a trail of destruction around the world, and Canada has not been immune. Some of the attacks have been linked to terrorist organizations or those who share their ideologies; others are caused by individuals with varied motivations for their actions.

Society is responding to this disturbing trend by stepping up efforts to protect citizens. As hockey fans gathered around the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto for Monday night’s playoff game between the hometown Maple Leafs and the visiting Boston Bruins, heavy cement blocks were set up to form a protective barrier for the expected 5,000 fans in Maple Leaf Square. In addition, dump trucks and police court services vehicles were parked to block intersections from vehicle traffic.

“Humboldt Strong” was the slogan which emerged following the recent bus crash which killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. “Toronto Strong” might be an appropriate catchphrase as Canada’s largest city grapples with this latest tragedy, or perhaps even “Canada Strong.”

Following the Maple Leafs’ 3-1 victory which kept the team’s playoff hopes alive, Toronto coach Mike Babcock made it clear in the post-game press conference that there was more than hockey on the team’s mind.

“Changes the new normal in a family’s life forever: no mom, no dad, no brother, no sister,” said Babcock. “We’re lucky to live in such a fantastic city, great first responders and the work they’ve done. And it’s so important that we rally around these people, help ’em, do everything we can. We have a fantastic city and we can’t let this get in the way of what we’ve got going.”

With each additional case of these copycat terror acts that randomly target innocent citizens, it’s hard to fault people if they become more fearful about going out to public events and public places. And if they do venture out, perhaps they’ll be less able to enjoy themselves, keeping an eye open for suspicious activity that could signal a potential threat of harm.

That would be a shame if these random acts of violence interfere with our way of life, in a country that should be considered a safe place to live. Thankfully, these sorts of incidents are rare in Canada.

Let’s hope that continues to be the case.

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9 Responses to “Terror attacks the new normal?”

  1. johnny57 says:

    YUP!…The new normal it is for sure! As long as we allow the idiots known as socialists or Liberals-either-or, weaken our borders or water-down our immigration rules we had better get use to it Canada.

  2. johnny57 says:

    Maybe just maybe IMO we need more services for men (god forbid) and boys! They are demonized in our media and society, we need to stop attacking them. I can’t even watch a commercial with someone trying to make them look like a buffoon around women. Not a very good role models for the young boys coming up. Services seem to be everywhere for women but hard to find for men and boys.

  3. biff says:

    imo – always a wealth of info 🙂
    j57 – i sure hope you will grow past the labeling of things into left and right, lib/soc/con…. it demonstrates an utter lack of understanding, while illustrating a highly conditioned/brainwashed mind. you think the guy that mowed down innocent folk in toronto was a liberal/socialist? i think if a study was done, we might find most of these shooter/car rammers identify as conservative. often, these disturbed people sense they lack the control to which they feel they are entitled.
    generally speaking, under liberal and social gov’ts, social laws tend to be more relaxed – giving more control to the people over their adult choices. this is why religious zealot groups have increasingly been attaching themselves to conservative gov’ts the last 40 years, as they prefer state control over adult choices…in the name of the higher power.
    of course, every gov’t, no matter what it calls itself, serves the corporate body and the upper few percent of incomes earners foremost. each name of gov’t overspends, increasing debt, on which we pay interest to lazy, greedy dirtballs that lent the money – money they did not even have to lend (read on fractional reserve banking). it is a part of the game that aims to keep the masses diffused, weak and dependent, as it steals away the wealth of the honest worker into the hands of the thiefdom.
    get a better grip, j57, as this is the reality. look at the increased debt left behind by mulroney and harper, and every other so-called conservative gov’t at the prov’l level. i have to think you are wiser than your default mantra that prefers right to left.

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