Canadian PM Stephen Harper: "The International Jihadist Movement Has Declared War"


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the terrorist attacks in Paris this week.

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER: Let me just say this: With reference to the attack yesterday, the reality of the world is the following. and I don't say this out of any particular pleasure or excitement, in fact quite the contrary, but it is a fact.

The fact of the matter is this, ladies and gentlemen. The international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly how they would think and act, they have declared war and are executing it on a massive scale, on a whole range of countries with which they are in contact, and they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom openness and tolerance. We may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away.

And the reality is we're going to have to confront it, obviously that is what we're doing in concert with our allies, trying to prevent and dealing with the very worst manifestation of this, the jihadist army that is occupying parts of Syria and Iraq. This is going to be unfortunately, the reality of the world we are living in for quite some time. We're just going to have to face that head on and deal with it. That is what our government is committed to do.

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