Several mainstream Canadian columnists have pointed out how the van rampage that killed 10 people along Toronto’s Yonge Street on Monday resembled recent vehicle attacks by Muslim terrorists in cities like Nice and London. But while conceding that the driver’s true motives were unclear, these writers liberally couched their interpretations of the rampage in bold and thorough discussions of “jihadist” terror.
Raising the idea of Muslim terrorism as potentially having some relation to the van attack is understandable in itself, as the 2.2 kilometres of destruction did physically resemble numerous cases of ISIS-inspired terror. But the way in which these commentators have gone about discussing what happened has centred on mini-histories of Muslim terrorist incidents, some of which didn’t even involve vehicles.
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