Just one week after failed terrorist Aaron Driver attempted to launch an attack on Canadian soil, a London, Ontario-based Muslim preacher is saying we must "not jump to conclusions" about what happened.
Mazin AbdulAdhim, who runs a popular YouTube ministry for Muslims, posted on Facebook last week that the Muslim community shouldn't apologize for the actions of radicals.
"Even if the information is true, we must not allow these sorts of events to cause us to be pressured to apologize for actions that we are not responsible for, nor should this cause us to become afraid of speaking the truth," he wrote. "The governments of the West kill and help kill dozens of innocent civilians every day, and the crimes they have committed against humanity through their foreign policies are orders of magnitude worse than anything these individuals have committed or tried to commit."
AbdulAdhim's comments border on Strathroy trutherism. Do we want to trust the words of law enforcement who were on the scene or give the benefit of the doubt to a man who filmed himself threatening to take Canadian lives before detonating a bomb in a cab?
Understanding what causes and bolsters radicalization is important, but we must also understand that terrorists do not require a reason to want to kill--it's part of who they are.