October 23rd, 2014
06:51 PM ET

What I'm reading: Learning from Canada after Ottawa attack

By Fareed Zakaria

“Some evidence points to the shooter being influenced by the Islamic State militant group to try and kill top leaders in Canada. The attack came two weeks after Canada decided to join the American-led attacks on IS,” writes the Christian Science Monitor. “His motive may seem like revenge. But IS leaders must know they cannot bring Canada or any country opposed to terrorism to its knees. Like al Qaeda, IS wants the West to retaliate against Islam, bringing attacks on Muslims in order to rally them to its side.”

“For IS, exploiting hate is a more powerful weapon than violence itself. It has advanced in size and territory quickly by taking advantage of the hatred among Sunnis in both Iraq and Syria toward their respective regimes, both of which are backed by Shiite Iran.”


“The latest panic on global stock markets has reminded the world of the vulnerability of the euro, and this week pundits in the British press have been busy speculating about France’s possible collapse,” argues Nicholas Farrell in the Spectator. “Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone conclusion. The country is just too much of a basket case even to think about.”


“The reality is that since July 2013, when Mr. Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, at least 16,000 people have been jailed for their views — most for being members or supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood,” writes Mona Eltahawy in the New York Times. “The regime has also imprisoned secular activists, such as Ahmed Maher, a founder of the April 6 youth movement, for an unauthorized protest, and journalists, including three from Al Jazeera who were convicted in July on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“Earlier this year, a judge handed down more than 1,200 death sentences in two mass trials, again mostly to those accused of being Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters. (The number of death sentences was later reduced to 277 and the judge was removed from his court after international condemnation.)”


“When politicians say ‘I’m not a scientist,’ it is an exasperating evasion. It’s a cowardly way to avoid answering basic and important policy questions,” writes David Shiffman in Slate. “This response raises lots of other important questions about their decision-making processes. Do they have opinions on how to best maintain our nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels – or do they not because they’re not civil engineers? Do they refuse to talk about agriculture policy on the grounds that they’re not farmers? How do they think we should be addressing the threat of ISIS? They wouldn’t know, of course; they’re not military generals.”

“No one would ever say these things, because they’re ridiculous.”


soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Blue Max

    Spare us your rubbish, Fareed. Al Bagdadi's inspiration is Gita Bhagavad just the way it was Hitlers. Shall I spell it out for you?

    October 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
    • banasy©

      What was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's "inspiration"?

      October 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm |
      • Ebony

        You must be dumb. Read up the comments on Fareed's blogs and you will find an answer. I see you hanging out on these forums with different IDs.

        October 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
      • banasy©

        You are incorrect about using different ID's; that's all right. No worries.

        I see you didn't answer the question. I'll ask it again:

        What was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s “inspiration”?

        October 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm |
      • Cristobal

        Go boy pack up them tiffin boxes.
        Leave this to grown ups.

        October 24, 2014 at 1:24 am |
      • banasy©

        What was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s “inspiration”? Why the recalcitrance in talking about him?

        This is quite the "grown up" topic. Care to answer it?

        October 24, 2014 at 10:44 am |
  2. Ebony

    Lesson learned is to solve the underlying problems that is causing this bloodshed. Even a person in a shelter can tell you that. Not sure why your types can't fathom it.

    October 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The Canadians brought this attack upon themselves. Had they not done the stupid thing in jumping into the current Middle Eastern conflict, the episode in Ottawa would not have taken place! Stupidiy doesn't pay!

    October 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm |
  4. Blue Saffron

    You nailed it. These hindus eat with both hands cupped and shove their fingers wayyy into their esophagus as if it was their last meal. Then s uck lick their fingers one by one. Put their pinky in the ear drum to clean wax, s uck the finger again, put the index finger into their nose, lickity lick again, scratch their a zz and then wipe it on their sleeves. So goes the ritual.

    October 24, 2014 at 1:10 am |
    • Cristobal

      Now i understand why George Washington said that – I'd rather kneel to Jesus than rub the phallus of an ugly pedophilua stone god Shiva who the cannibal hindus worship in India.

      October 24, 2014 at 1:21 am |
  5. «RZ»

    Pardon me, but does anyone have any Grey Poupon?

    October 24, 2014 at 6:47 am |
  6. chri§§y

    @ fake Joey...when did Canada jump into the ME???

    October 24, 2014 at 10:32 am |
  7. screwed up muslims are everywhere

    Thanks Fareed! Sad to say, when the Europeans defeated the Islamic World, it left screwed up muslims everywhere.......... that's why we have to keep bombing them.................... sick................ sad.................. if only we could understand that the world is really owned by "Mother Nature".............. not by us............... so it is rather silly for any group of humans to endeavor to control the "clearing in the forest" for this moment in history ............ how temporary......... how transient............... we are all a bunch of hobos............... steeped in the stupidity of our ignorance.............. 🙁

    October 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Fear drives violence. Ever since the first Crusades, the Western world has been fearful of this... Rapidly expanding religion called Islam. People often fear what they do not understand. And so violence begets violence in a never ending cycle. A cycle that is further fueled by corruption and media bias.

      October 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
  8. Muhammad Abid

    fareed is just a sick person. his full effort is to link this with religion. that guy who attacked has complete proven criminal history, his passport was seized by government, he was involved in robbery, spent some time in jail also. so he was proven criminal history, and he did criminal act. now some so called cnn strategy maker trying to paint it with religion.but big slpa on their face that Canada by self reject their call of this propaganda.

    October 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm |
    • banasy©

      Why was his passport seized?

      October 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
      • Muhammad Abid


        October 25, 2014 at 11:21 am |
      • banasy©

        Oh, so he never had one in the first place. Okay.

        October 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Modi was rayped last night on the glaciers by sherpas.

    October 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    Unlike another freak on here i am NOT obsessed with India or Modi so STOP posting your garbage under MY name! Man up and use your own damn name...i assume thats why you have one.

    October 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
  11. jay

    The attack in Canada had nothing to do with IS. The "terrorist" was a crack addict with mental health issues. I guess the people at CNN haven't learned much at all from Canada. But then again, they've got a war to sell .


    October 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Lol @ jay it isnt just cnn that is reporting its an ISIS thing. All the network news are saying that...just as they all did after 9/11 for months and months....every incident was "taliban related". Have to keep the fear mongering going ya know.

    October 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm |

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