Today while I was at the salon, I was asked how I felt about the recent events, the terrorists attacks that have occurred within the last few days on our soil. At first I didn't think I should really express my opinion. But then again...
You see I have an issue with how loosely we use "terrorist attack", how fast we call a violent nut case a terrorist... It upsets me to see people jumping to conclusion about a violent act and blaming religious beliefs, or whatever else. Why can't we just say a crime, a violent attack or act? To say terrorist and throw in Islam is just turning things around so that we get scared and worried.
The media is to blame for a lot of it, but there is also the authorities, how they manipulate the information that is being spread, shown. They're leading us to believe certain things, and to be honest I'm not convinced we are told the truth. It would be irresponsible of me to completely trust the system as it is.
Remember Denis Lortie, back in 1984 - the lunatic who walked in the QC Parliament and shot people? He did kill three people. Funny, how to this day, I've never heard anyone refer to him as anything other than a crazy man you blew a gasket. There was never any mention of terrorism - granted back in the 80s it wasn't a world as popular as it is now. Nowadays every damn crazy act is labeled terrorist. That does get to me. It makes me mad, that we're being scared not only by actions of crazy people, but by words.
As Canadians we've always been "nice", "peaceful", good citizens of the world. We used to mind our business. Lately, we've been following our Southern neighbors maybe a little too much, and now we may be starting to feel repercussion of it all. Until now, we've always felt safe.
Last week, I've met an old man who did the Korea War and we talked some. I was telling him about this idea I had to send postcards to our deployed soldiers, as a thank you and encouragement for their sacrifice (and yes, even if it is their choice), idea I shared with other Postcrossing members on Bacefook. This week these sad events happened, yet again reminding me that I do support our troops, even if I'm not sure they should be where they are.
I don't do politics. When I saw this, I liked the message. I like the message on how to react. Let's not be scared but think. Let's not jump to conclusion but evaluate. Let's not turn American (sorry to my US blends) and remember that we are Canadians, and what it means...