Canada and Terrorism: A Case Study

  • Danny Barrett
Keywords: Terrorism, Canadian Policy, Gaza, Israel


Despite an all-pervasive focus on terrorism, there is little critical discussion about its precise meaning or applicability to modern international relations. This paper seeks to examine Canada's role in relation to terrorism, by comparing official policy statements to the ways in which key government actors responded to a key, concrete example of international terrorism (the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in the winter of 2008-9).  Based on the example discussed, the paper argues that contrary to official policy statements, Canada seems to offers firm support for international terrorism when it is committed by our allies.