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We need to ignore most jihadi propaganda

By Phil Gurski      

There is nothing behind the vast majority of threats posted online by terror groups. They are empty intimidation with the sole purpose of scaring us, which seems to be exactly what they are doing judging by our reaction to their taunts. We are handing relevance and legitimacy to the terrorist groups we should be ignoring, writes Phil Gurski.

Police pictured in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014, the day Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Parliament after killing a ceremonial guardsman at the War Memorial. The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

In the lead up to New Year’s a lot of people were very nervous that festivities would be interrupted by a terrorist attack. To be fair, the fear was not completely unfounded as last year’s celebration in Turkey a gunmen opened fire in an Istanbul nightclub killing 39 and wounding more than 70. Some states this past new year’s banned certain parties or, in the case of Singapore, increased security measures by putting up concrete blocks and ‘mobile crash barriers’ to prevent the kind of attacks we saw in 2017 in Barcelona, Manhattan, and Edmonton.

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