The guy who took a hatchet to a New York policeman was apparently a "lone wolf", just like the guy who took a double-barreled shotgun to a Canadian soldier was a "lone-wolf". Earlier today, I swung by Varney & Co on Fox Business to discuss the umpteenth member of Local 473 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves:
"This term 'lone wolf' is a cop-outâ€¦the idea that they somehow have to have a membership card in Islamic State or in al Qaeda for it to be official, fully-credentialed terror, like getting a hairdresser's license in New York State is completely preposterous" he stated.
Steyn added that the rhetoric of "lone wolf" terrorists allows those who do not want to admit that radical Islam is a problem to brush off terror as isolated incidents, saying "all jihad is local. That actually suits them, to say, 'oh no this is just some mentally ill guy in Ottawa and this is another guy who's a bit goofy in New York and there's no connection between the two.' Because otherwise you have to treat it like your other big story. You have to treat it like ideological Ebola and you have to stop the infection..."
You can see the video here.
A little later I went rambling with Gambling. I don't think John Gambling uses that title at his new radio home, but that's what his grandfather called the show when it started in 1925, and that's how I think of it. John and I chewed over various topics - click below to listen. I come on about halfway through:
Yesterday evening I was a guest on Lars Larson' show, where I suggested that Ottawa and New York and London are the real battlefields the jihad's playing for, not some godforsaken patch of Yemeni desert or a smelly cave in Waziristan. Click below to listen:
One other thought on events in Ottawa and St Jean this week, courtesy of Laura Rosen Cohen:
I was listening to a popular morning radio show this morning and the discussion focused on several themes. One was how to support Canada's military in the wake of the terrorist attacks this week. This is a particularly important topic given that Canada's soldiers were instructed not to wear their uniforms in public.
This of course, is the absolutely wrong way of dealing with terrorism. The terrorists targeted our soldiers and killed our soldiers.
Traditionally, in human history, when hostile forces plot and murder your soldiers-that is called war.
The answer to a declaration of war is not taking off your uniform.
It's wearing it prouder. It's more uniforms, more soldiers, more direct engagement, and being more resolute and more public about your national pride and security.
She's right. If we have to have dress codes on the streets of free societies, I'd rather see more men like Corporal Cirillo in the uniform of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders ...and fewer women in head-to-toe black body bags. As I've said umpteen times on radio and TV these last two days, I'm tired of being told that we have to change to accommodate them.
~I'm about to hop a flight to Chicago for this weekend's Freedom Summit, with Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Bobby Jindal, Big John & Amy and more. I'll also be joining the weekend gang at Fox & Friends on Saturday morning. If you're in the Windy City neighborhood, do come and say hello. After my turn on stage, I'll be signing copies of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn.
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Also clear-thinking Canadians. And Australians. And even Frenchmen.