“Terror Or No?” — A Poem


Someone please figure out

whether the Ottawa shooter

was a terrorist

or merely insane.


A disturbed loner

acting on the whim of the moment

isn’t a terrorist;

we should apologize

for calling him that.



if his rampage was carefully planned

– rooted in ideology –

then insane he wasn’t;

just doing the things

terrorists normally do.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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