In 2014, when a Muslim gunman named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau attacked Canada's government with a rifle, and had to be shot by the "Sergeant at Arms" of the House of Commons, everybody in the Canadian media was calling him a "Lone Gunman," i.e. not a Muslim terrorist at all.
Within 48 hours, reported the late Kathy Shaidle:
another one ran over two members of the Canadian Armed Forces with his car, killing one. This was after the RCMP had “met repeatedly” with the guy, “his family and the imam at the mosque he attended, trying to talk him down from his newfound obsession with Islamist extremism.” So much for “community outreach”…)
That one was actually called a terrorist attack, presumably because of the "known wolf" factor.
Then there was Muslim gunman Faisal Hassan of Toronto. He wasn't really called a terrorist, either.
By Arvin Joaquin, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the attack in London, Ont., that killed four members of a Muslim family and left one child in hospital was an act of terrorism.
After observing a moment of silence for the victims, Trudeau spoke in the House of Commons and called the assault “a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred.”
“Their lives were taken in a brutal, cowardly and brazen act of violence,” Trudeau said. “This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred in the heart of one of our communities.”
Police said a man intentionally drove a truck into the family out for a walk on Sunday evening, and that he targeted them because of their faith.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
[Sikh-Canadian NDP Leader Jagmeet] Singh said Canada must acknowledge that the urgent threat to public safety comes from extreme right-wing ideology, white supremacy and hate groups that radicalize people, adding there must be resources to address these dangers.
Trudeau said the government will continue to fund initiatives like the Security Infrastructure Program to protect schools and places of worship for communities at risk. He added the Liberals will also continue to fight hate online and off-line, which will include more action to dismantle hate groups.
“We will continue doing everything we can to keep communities safe.”
Of course, all this is the exact opposite of what they do when there's an attack by Muslims. There's no attempt to fight Islam online, or dismantle mosques, or of course, block Muslim immigration.
In fact, I suspect that all politicians, from George Bush to Justin Trudeau, follow the same playbook in attacks. Whether the attack was by Muslims or on Muslims, visit a mosque to show solidarity and attack the "right-wing."