Que­bec pre­mier’s com­ment off the mark

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

This editorial ran in the Win­nipeg Free Press:

It’s one of those po­lit­i­cal state­ments that surely must leave ob­servers at all points of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum scratch­ing their heads.

Que­bec Pre­mier Philippe Couil­lard’s com­ment link­ing an iso­lated ter­ror­ist at­tack by a lone in­di­vid­ual to the en­tire re­li­gion of Is­lam does not seem to have been made im­pul­sively or mis­tak­enly.

But the in­flam­ma­tory re­mark — in re­sponse to a re­porter’s ques­tions about the in­volve­ment of a Mon­treal man in the stab­bing of a po­lice of­fi­cer at an air­port in Flint, Mich. — rep­re­sents both a re­ver­sal from Couil­lard’s pre­vi­ous pub­lic state­ments and the ap­par­ent adop­tion of a po­si­tion that has no log­i­cal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. A 49-year-old Mon­treal res­i­dent, Amor Ftouhi, is ac­cused of the stab­bing, al­legedly af­ter shout­ing the Ara­bic phrase “Al­lahu ak­bar.” Couil­lard said, “You can­not dis­con­nect this type of event — ter­ror­ism — from Is­lam in gen­eral.”

The Que­bec pre­mier went on to say that Mus­lims have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to take an ac­tive role in fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

There can be lit­tle po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage gained by a blan­ket con­dem­na­tion of a re­li­gious group.

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