A Minor Incident in Toronto

Three days ago, a gunman opened fire in Toronto killing two people and injuring thirteen others. Oddly, the story disappeared from the front pages of the international press and in the BBC’s case remains buried in the list of regional news stories:

Canadian officials have identified the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting in Toronto as Faisal Hussain, 29.

I can’t think why this isn’t creating more media interest.

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said it was releasing his name due “to the exceptional circumstances of this tragic incident”.

And following serious pressure from the public who knew damned well there was only one reason why his name was being withheld.

In a statement released to various media outlets, Hussain’s family expressed their “deepest condolences” to the victims and their families for what they called “our son’s horrific actions”. ​

Since when have the thoughts of a murdering gunman’s parents been given airtime? It didn’t take long for Canadians to work out the statement was rather too professional in its presentation and timing:

The man who has presented himself as the point of contact for the family of Faisal Hussain is a professional activist who has reportedly committed himself to “framing a new narrative of Muslims in Canada” and creating a “national political movement.”

Shortly after the Ontario Special Investigations Unit revealed the identity of the Danforth shooter as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, a news release was sent out to select media attributed to the “Hussain Family”.

Not that you’d learn this from the BBC. We do get this, though:

They said their son suffered from serious mental health challenges and had struggled with untreatable psychosis and depression most of his life.

Oh right, he was mentally ill. Sure he was. What are the chances nothing indicating this will appear on his medical records, and instead he had a healthy interest in ISIS, terrorism, and jihad? I’d say they’re high, but we’re never going to find out, are we? The Canadian authorities will be happy enough to lie through their teeth and parrot his parents’ spokesman in dismissing it as a terrible tragedy, rather like a tree falling on someone’s head in a gust of wind. Right on cue, here’s Canada’s PM:

Why, it’s just one of those things, isn’t it? Best we all move swiftly on. Even the folk in charge of the Eiffel tower can’t be bothered turning the lights off for this one. Perhaps, like me, they have jihad fatigue.


8 thoughts on “A Minor Incident in Toronto

  1. For many media outlets – the BBC and the Guardian are the worst – the nightmare which haunts them is that multiculturalism might be seen to have failed. There seem to be two main expressions of this. The first is merely annoying, and consists of a relentless chipper highlighting of the fact that minorities are “just like us”. “Look, a woman in a headscarf who can bake!”

    The suppression of serious news, though, is quite sinister. One wonders where they can go with this one now they have started. People over a certain age must surely be wondering where all these lone madmen were a few years ago. Why have they suddenly started murdering people? I don’t remember anything like it when I was young.

  2. The problem with the BBC, Guardian et al is that they are not capable of distinguishing multiculturalism from multiracialism. We import loads of immigrants and will be happy for them to bring the variety and energy of their origins. But…we do also expect an element of FIFO. Come and join us. Don’t come and segregate yourselves and leer or blow up buses.
    I don’t care a jot what colour someone is. I do care a jot what they think and how (or if) they will integrate. I care that they respect our traditional mores. I’d like us to celebrate multiracial Britain but be more demanding of all races sharing something of a common British culture. Baking’s good. Slicing off your daughter’s clit – not so much.

  3. The problem with the BBC, Guardian et al is that they are not capable of distinguishing multiculturalism from multiracialism.

    I disagree: the problem with the BBC and Guardian is they delight in seeing white, working-class communities destroyed by mass immigration but believe – wrongly – they can build the walls around their own middle-class communities sufficiently high to keep them out. Right now they’re in a conflict between admitting they were wrong and maintaining their glee over the damage they’ve wrought to their political enemies.

  4. Firstly the BBC and Guardian are very status conscious. And they’ve staked their reputations on some pretty dubious propositions. AGW, multiculturalism, the virtue of the state, etc. without examining the practical details.
    If one of these propositions is clearly demonstrated as wrong their whole position crumbles.
    It is only a matter of time before we get a few long/cold winters, and maybe cool summers. That would break AGW.
    And it’s only a matter of time before some Muslim starts attacking universities and/or festivals and blows multiculturalism out of the water, even for the middle classes.
    Doubtless their support for big government will continue until someone who is like Hitler takes over- but then they’d be much too scared to criticize.

  5. So the MSM is now peddling the policy that Islam = Mental Illness.
    That they are equivalent, one and the same.
    I wonder if they realise that? And how they will back-pedal when they do?

  6. I’m ok with the mental illness excuse that is repeatedly trotted out when sudden jihadi syndrome presents itself, you follow that religion you are obviously mentally ill…works for me.

  7. @Patrick

    Agreed ++

    It might be helpful to look at it through the perspective of the “tragedy of the commons”. Which usually isn’t a tragedy, some communal unwritten agreements are 1,000+ years old.

    Join our commune, respect our traditions.
    This is impossible if you take the Koran literally.

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