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Peter Brookes: Canada Shooting May Be 'the New Normal'

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 05:07 PM

The shooting at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa by a recent Islam convert may be "the new normal" for terrorist aggression — and the world must step up to crush the Islamic State (ISIS) before things get worse, former deputy assistant of defense Peter Brookes says.

"Obviously, I’m afraid this might be the new normal. We're living in an increasingly dangerous world," Brookes said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We still don't know all the specifics of what motivated this individual, but if the way things are leaning are accurate, what happens overseas has a very good chance of affecting us here and this just happened.

"What is Ottawa, 50 miles from the American border? And we're under the same threat as happened in Canada. A lot of people who have downplayed the chances for homegrown terrorism related to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are making a big mistake."

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down an unarmed ceremonial guard at the Ottawa War Memorial before firing his way through the parliament and being shot dead himself on Wednesday.

Zehaf-Bibeau, born Michael Joseph Hall in Quebec in 1982, was a convert to Islam with a criminal record who exhibited mentally unstable behavior, including a belief the devil was after him, a friend of his told The Globe and Mail.

He pleaded guilty to a 2004 drug possession charge and received a 60-day jail sentence, and was charged with robbery and uttering threats in Vancouver in 2011 and convicted of the lesser charge.

Brookes, a senior fellow of National Security Affairs at The Heritage Foundation, urged the U.S. and its allies to "turn up the heat on ISIS."

"We have to address this and what we're doing right now, we're pretty much at a stalemate. It's going to continue to inspire people, whether it was related to what happened in Canada or not.

"We really need to take a hard focus on the Islamic State.... The Islamic State has come out and said kill Americans, Europeans, Canadians, Australians or anybody else who is part of the coalition."

Brookes said the United States and Canada need to re-evaluate what is needed to keep its citizens safe.

"There has to be some sort of review. Homeland Security is going to have to look at the lessons learned in Canada," he said.

"It appears that their security around their Parliament was less than what we have here in Washington so that's something, but these sort of tragic events should spur us on into looking at lessons learned to make sure that we're not doing that.

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The shooting at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa by a recent Islam convert may be "the new normal" for terrorist aggression — and the world must step up to crush the Islamic State (ISIS) before things get worse, former deputy assistant of defense Peter Brookes says.
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