From the New York Times:
Quebec Mosque Shooting Kills at Least 6, and 2 Suspects Are ArrestedUpdate: Here are additions from the NYT early Monday morning:
By IAN AUSTEN JAN. 29, 2017
OTTAWA — Gunmen opened fire in a mosque in the city of Quebec on Sunday night, killing six people and wounding eight others in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “terrorist attack on Muslims.” …
The attack shook Canada, a country where mass shootings are uncommon, and came as the country has become known as a beacon for refugees fleeing warfare and terrorism in Muslim-majority nations.
Mr. Trudeau assailed what he called “this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge.”
“It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence,” he said in a statement early Monday. “Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.” …
Last June, a pig’s head was left at the door of the mosque in the middle of Ramadan. Practicing Muslims regard pork as unclean and do not eat it.
The attack comes after Mr. Trudeau said that Canada stood ready to continue welcoming refugees from terrorism and war as President Trump’s executive order on immigration stranded people around the world and provoked condemnation that it was directed at Muslims.
In the wake of the Quebec shooting, the New York City police stepped up protection of mosques, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.
Bill de Blasio ✔ @NYCMayor NYPD is providing additional protection for mosques in the city. All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something.
By IAN AUSTEN and CRAIG S. SMITH JAN. 29, 2017I’d call that Doubling Down on The Narrative. But will it turn out to be true?
… The attack came just a day after Mr. Trudeau posted a message on Twitter welcoming refugees to Canada and posted a photograph of himself with a child under the hashtag #WelcomeToCanada. Since Mr. Trudeau took office in late 2015 the country has admitted nearly 40,000 refugees, many of them fleeing the war in Syria.
Canada’s warm embrace of Syrian refugees has won the country accolades at home and abroad, but is not without its domestic opponents. A survey in Ontario last summer found that while there was widespread support for accepting the refugees, only a third of respondents had a positive impression of Islam, and more than half felt its mainstream doctrines promoted violence.
Anti-Muslim incidents have been on the rise in Canada, with several minor incidents reported in Quebec during the past year.
A Montreal mosque and a Sept-Îles Muslim community center were slightly damaged in separate arson attempts in December, and the head of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec received online death threats the month before.
The increasing tension led a member of Parliament, Iqra Khalid, to put forward a motion in Canada’s House of Commons in December calling on the government to condemn Islamophobia and request a study on how the government can combat the trend. The motion will probably be voted on when the House returns to session this week.
In the wake of Sunday night’s attack, the premier of the province of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, said that solidarity rallies were planned on Monday for people to express their concern about the shootings.
“We are with you. You are at home,” he said, in words directed at the province’s Muslim residents.
Update: From TVA Nouvelles in Quebec:
Also from TVA Nouvelles:
So don’t expect to hear too much more about this. But still …
I introduced the concept of “Trump’s Luck” in December 2015 after the San Bernardino Slaughter:
Trump’s Luck is the pattern that whenever the national media announces that This Time, Trump Has Gone Too Far, the next day’s headlines will be about some outrage validating Trump’s general point. For example, remember last summer when everybody respectable was worked up over Trump saying the Mexican ruling class dumps their unwanted, low quality people on America as illegal aliens and … a five time deported Mexican illegal alien murdered that poor lady on the waterfront in San Francisco?I suspect the basis of Trump’s Luck is that Trump has watched a whole lot of cable TV news over the years and has some sense of the rhythm at which Events occur.
Today, the FBI investigation into San Bernardino is turning up all sorts of details that would be hilarious if there weren’t so many dead people.