Is Calamityjane123 / BeautifulBurnout seeking to justify the killing of the Canadian security personnel?

Stained glass window, St Anthony-in-Meneage parish church, Cornwall, England, Dec 2012

Stained glass window, St Anthony-in-Meneage parish church, Cornwall, England, Dec 2012

Is Calamityjane123 / BeautifulBurnout seeking to justify the killing of  the Canadian security personnel?

Calamityjane123 / BeautifulBurnout writes:

It always astounds me that the average person cannot see that the policies of a government – foreign or domestic – will have a direct effect on the states they govern, one way or another, and will create supporters and haters accordingly. Some of the haters, in the face of what they see as unnecessary and unjustified violence, will turn to violence themselves because they don’t know any better and they, themselves, don’t have a grasp of nature of cause and effect either.

I think the “average person” living in a democracy like Canada understands full well that resorting to violence and in particular the killing of fellow citizens to make a political or religious point, is an abhorrent abuse of the freedom that democracy offers them.

The decisions of elected governments in Canada to participate in military campaigns abroad is open to challenge by its electorate. The same is true in every other democracy, and by all its 193 member states at the United Nations.

To suggest that some of Canada’s electorate will resort to killing their fellow citizens because “they don’t know any better” or they  “don’t have a grasp of nature of cause and effect“, seems to me to be the very essence of proposing a justification for that violence.

It has always been a fundamental principle of the law of Canada that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”,  so why is Calamityjane123 / BeautifulBurnout,  a UK barrister suggesting that it is?

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