This is odd. Canadian authorities are saying that the attack was a manifestation of mental illness, not terrorism. Of course, we have seen many attacks that are obviously jihad ascribed to mental illness, so that must be taken into consideration, but the mayor’s words are odd in any case. Toronto has always been “inclusive” of the mentally ill? Of those who drive trucks into pedestrians? Or is there a community that John Tory is anxious to assure the world that Toronto is “inclusive” of, that has some connection to this attack?
Toronto Mayor @JohnTory: “This is a time when this community should come together…I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate.” pic.twitter.com/prHLH4n6HR
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 23, 2018
“Toronto Mayor Praises City’s Reputation For ‘Being Inclusive’ Following Van Attack [VIDEO],” by Will Racke, Daily Caller, April 23, 2018:
Toronto Mayor John Tory encouraged residents to remember their city’s worldwide reputation for tolerance and inclusiveness — hours after a man mowed down pedestrians with a rental van, killing at least nine people and injuring several more.
“This is a time when this community should come together … I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate,” Tory said at a news conference on Monday’s attack.
The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, drove a white Ryder van onto a sidewalk north of downtown Toronto, police said. After smashing into several pedestrians and coming to a stop, the man exited the van and waved a dark object at responding police officers. A brief standoff ensued, but officers were able to detain the suspect without firing any shots.
One suspect is in custody following the incident, which is being treated at a deliberate attack, acting Toronto Police Chief Peter Yuen confirmed. Witnesses described the suspect as being “Middle Eastern” in appearance, but authorities have not said if the attack is tied to Islamic terrorism….