For anyone who has not yet heard, a white 27 year old Canadian has attacked a Mosque in Quebec.
Alexandre Bissonnette has been accused of killing six people and wounding eight others in a “barbaric” massacre Sunday night at a Quebec City mosque, TVA News reports.
The 27-year-old entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and opened fire with a rifle, shooting members of the mosque as they prayed, police and witnesses say.
He is in police custody and was being questioned Monday morning. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder, the Toronto Star reports.
Friends and those who knew him online said he had extreme political beliefs, but was not known to be violent. Eric Debroise said he called police after the shooting and told them Bissonnette is “very right and (an) ultra nationalist white supremacist,” the French-language newspaper Le Journal de Quebec reports. “He really liked Trump and had a permanent discontent with the left.”
Debroise said Bissonnette had cut ties with many friends recently, the newspaper reports. Bissonnette’s family told the newspaper they believe he fell under the influence of someone.
A second man, Mohamed el Khadir, a Moroccan immigrant also called Mohamed Belkhadir, was previously identified by authorities as a suspect. He was taken into custody near the mosque and questioned, but Quebec Provincial Police said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he is no longer considered to be a suspect. He is now being called a witness.
I- like most everyone reading this- first heard about this last night. At that time it seemed most likely to be some kind of Shia-Sunni internecine attack, because there were reports one of the men arrested was Arabic, and that one of them had yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Police and politicians are calling the shooting a terrorist attack, La Presse reports.
The victims range in age from 39 to 70, police said. They area ll men. Five of the victims — Azzedine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hasssen, Boubaker Thabti and Ahmed Youness — have been identified.
A friend told the Montreal Gazette that Soufiane was a father of three young children and was well known in the community.
“We’ve just lost someone who was very, very nice, a good person … such a loss, someone who was so welcoming, who helped everybody,” Ali Miladi told the newspaper.
Thabti was a father of two. Belkacemi was an agricultural professor at Universite Laval, the same school where Bissonnette has been a student. Hassen worked in information technology and Youness was a student at Laval.
“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, told reporters. He was not at the mosque at the time of the shooting, but rushed to the scene after calls from members of the community.
Confusion over the number of shooters, based on witness statements and the fact two men were taken into police custody, along with speculation about the motive’s behind the shooting, spread quickly on social media in the hours after the attack. Adding to the disorder were hoaxes, including a viral tweet from a fake Reuters news account that named two “white supremacists” as the attackers, and another hoax, started at Donald Trump forums on Reddit, that claimed the gunmen were recent refugees from Syria.
It now seems clear that the attacker was a politically motivated white Canadian millenial. Indeed, another article other than the one quoted above mentioned his involvement in “far-right ‘identity’ groups”.
The above-quoted article from heavy.com continues with a bolded introduction to his background:
Bissonnette Has Right-Wing, Pro-Israel, Pro-Trump & Anti-Immigration Beliefs, a Former Classmate Says
Little was known about Alexandre Bissonnette as of Monday morning, as police were still working to determine what led to the shooting. But details from those who knew him and information from his social media pages began to be uncovered by the afternoon.
According to his Facebook page, Bissonnette is from Cap-Rouge, Quebec, about 15 minutes from the mosque. He recently moved to an apartment in Quebec City near the mosque, a neighbor told the CBC. But he was seen often at his parent’s home, she said.
Bissonnette has a twin brother, a high school classmate told Le Journal de Quebec.
“Apart from his twin brother, I did not see him with other people,” said Mikael Labrecque Berger, in French. He said Bissonnette was an “unpopular nerd,” and was not always taken seriously by classmates.
“He replied to insults, but never with physical violence,” Labrecque Berger said, adding that he and his twin brother didn’t integrate with other students. They were usually only seen together, he said.
The former classmate, who had only seen him once since high school, said he didn’t know about any politics or beliefs that could have sparked the shooting.
But another former classmate, Jean-Michel Allard-Prus, who studied politics with him, at Université Laval and has kept in touch with him, told Le Journal de Quebec that Bissonnette, “has right-wing political ideas, pro-Israel, anti-immigration. I had many debates with him about Trump. He was obviously pro-Trump.”
And a third university classmate, Vincent Boissoneault, who grew up with Bissonnette, was friends with him on Facebook, told the Globe and Mail, “I can tell you he was certainly no Muslim convert. I wrote him off as a xenophobe. I didn’t even think of him as totally racist, but he was enthralled by a borderline racist nationalist movement.”
Acquaintances said he became interested in the far right movement when Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front in France, spoke in Quebec City in March 2016, the Globe and Mail reports. He began speaking out about politics on Facebook and became estranged from some friends, according to the newspaper.
I will outline my thoughts on the situation below, and may update later as we learn more about the situation.
1. It is obviously evocative of the Dylan Roof shooting.
Roof killed a number of black adults in a church in South Carolina. It was act that was morally wrong, even if some of the things in Roof’s manifesto were accurate- and indeed, were beliefs he shares with the majority of White Americans and President Trump. As I wrote at the time, Roof violated not just the honor codes of our modern ‘liberal’ democracy, but also those of the ancestry and the warrior-aristocracy he sought to strike in the spirit of.
Its not clear yet if a straight line of equivalency can be drawn between the two acts. If the Mosque was indeed full of families at the time, then I would have to say it was pretty similar- and was equally wrong (this is me as a normal human being talking under my public name, not me as someone enraged by the situation in Europe speaking through a purely emotional lens). However, at this point the only victims have been adult men, and if it turns out that this Mosque was one that preached that Canadians should be murdered and enslaved, and that all white women are fair game to be raped- like other Mosques in Canada have- then that may be a different story.
Either way, anyone who is intellectually honest understands that violence will be the end result of multiculturalism over and over again. Furthermore, growing up in Canada, Bissonnette likely imbibed a message from birth that he was inherently evil, predatory, privileged, ‘uncool’, cis-gended scum. The entire culture/religion of the land (Cultural-Marxism) was and is opposed to him and built around a negation of him and his ancestors. With this being the case can it really be surprising when young men like him engage in such actions? (even if one considers them heinous and nihilistic)
2. Bissonnette’s vision of Canada’s future was accurate, but it looks like his beliefs and principles were not well-thought out yet.
It seems as though Bissonnette knew enough about politics and current events to understand the existential threat facing Canada. I base this off his following the National Front, which shows a familiarity with the situation in Europe, as well as the description of the kind of politics he supposedly was discussing and citing. If he knew about the situation in Europe, and had been watching Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he would be aware that Trudeau and his fellow establishment brahmins were enthralled to a sinister religion of self-hatred and ethnic suicide. He likely would know that Sweden- whose path Canada is on- now had the second highest per capita rape rate on earth, that 40% of Swedish women are afraid to leave the house, and that the Muslim population among 18-29 year olds in Sweden is close to if not more than 50%. As a result, while I likely condemn his action (we don’t know everything yet), he did accurately perceive the hellish future Canada is moving towards, which is a catalyst of understandable magnitude.
At the same time, however, Bissonnette’s facebook profile betrays a rather confused, un-cogent mind and political development. The above-quoted article continues:
Bissonnette likes the Facebook pages of U.S. President Donald Trump and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but he does not express support for them elsewhere on his page. Other likes include the Israel Defense Forces, United With Israel and Parti Québécois of Université Laval.
He also likes U.S. Senator John McCain, a moderate Republican who has opposed Trump on some issues, President George W. Bush, the Canadian New Democratic Party and late Canadian politician Jack Layton, who was a leader of the left-wing NDP, so the likes do not shed much light on Bissonnette’s beliefs.
Bissonnette had no criminal record, but did have infractions in recent years for not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and illegal parking.
He was known to be a hunter and gun owner, Le Journal de Quebec reports.
I think the fact that he ‘liked’ John McCain and George Bush- presuming it was in seriousness- suggests he never strayed very close to serious Identitarian belief or scholarship. Its possible he frequented some ‘Counter-jihad’ websites, and the liking of the IDF and his (apparent) hatred for Muslims would align with that.
Its also possible I am attributing too much cognizance of the Europe-situation to him. Indeed, this link bolsters that, in that it suggests this could be more of an Eliot Rodger bullying/depression/mental illness type of thing.
3. If Bissonnette’s main motivation was a desire to fight back against the potential- or future- Islamization of Canada, his actions most likely had a net negative effect.
We have discussed this before in great detail, but it comes down once more to John Boyd’s ‘Moral-Strategic’ box, and more specifically the ‘Moral Level’ of war. William S. Lind states that it is this box, and this level of war, that is most important in a 4th Generation Warfare struggle. He states the party that can successfully occupy the ‘David’ or underdog position, will usually beat the ‘Goliath-esque’ opponent perceived as more powerful than them.
If this were in Germany or Sweden, where total Islamization is within sight, and the societies are already breaking apart, I think a native European attacking a mosque like this could have a neutral or even net-positive effect strategically (within a purely tactical 4GW frame of analysis_. In those countries it would have caused other native European’s to realize that they had countrymen willing to fight and die, and this might have catalyzed further resistance. Furthermore, in those countries the Muslim population is high enough as a percentage of the total population that they openly preach resistance, separation, violence, and Islamization.
In Canada however, where they are still a very small portion of the population, they act completely differently, as is their won’t. Just as they did in Germany and Sweden when they made up around 5-8% of the population, they keep their heads down when it comes to open provocation, instead focusing incessantly on their victimhood, knowing exactly how to take advantage of their liberal hosts.
As a result, because most Canadians therefore view them as victims, and are unaware of what the future will bring when/if their numbers increase to levels in Europe, they will view this as further proof that Muslims are ‘David’s’ who must be taken care of, and that white people who oppose mass-immigration are evil Goliath’s hellbent on killing innocent minorities.
Events such as this provoke contradictory thoughts in me.
On the one hand, if this was a ‘normal’ Mosque, and there were legitimately women and little kids there, I do oppose it on moral grounds. I certainly wish that Trump would annex Canada and repatriate all the Muslims back to their home countries, but I don’t support killing them in a Mosque.
I also think that- if the situation is as it looks right now- it was probably a net negative strategically, presuming Bissonette’s goal was to stop the looming (government-sponsored) Islamization of his nation.
However, I would absolutely argue that Bissonnette’s understanding of the situation- his (likely) realization that Canada is on Europe’s trajectory- is a sound one.
Even today, when researching this story this morning, I came across one about underage White Canadian girls being sexually enslaved by immigrant criminals. The article was somewhat scant on specifics involving the perpetrators, but it was clear that they were replicating exactly what happened in Rotherham.
It is also clear that if Trudeau stays in power, Canada will continue following down Europe’s path, and wind up as a country at war, in which native citizens live in fear of both their government and the masses of violent Muslims surrounding them. With this being the case, Bissonette’s focus should have been directed at those liberal, cosmopolitan elites- those brainwashed Progressive fundamentalists- who are seeking such a future.