Almost 48 hours later, it is now clear that events in Ottawa on Wednesday were less the doing of a homegrown jihadist and more the doing of a man with a history of mental illness and drug addiction. That doesn't diminish the gravity of the events but it does change the perspective and should mitigate the response.
It was interesting that the RCMP commissioner mentioned yesterday the need to understand the process that led to the killer's "radicalization":
“We need to investigate and understand the radicalization process. But we must realize there is no one path or formula to a radicalization, and understand each individual’s path toward that state is a challenge for us,”
Justin Trudeau was much derided by the current government party for saying pretty much the same thing last year in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
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Cpl Nathan Cirillo was killed while standing honour guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa.
The Memorial represents soldiers from the First World War. It symbolises "service people from all disciplines marching through a triumphal arch, but with a deliberate aim to avoid the glorification of war". (I had thought it was supposed to represent the taking of Vimy Ridge but the wikipedia page doesn't support that.)
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The most poignant image of the tragedy which circulated in Canada yesterday was this cartoon:
Cpl Cirillo was a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment of Canada. May he rest in peace.