When I first encountered the reporting of this "terrorist" incident in Ottawa, I felt that it overwhelmingly reeked of the odor of another false flag operation that we have seen so often here in the US to manipulate citizens into giving up freedoms and to support the imperial designs of the capitalist Empire. Zwicker in this article reinforces my initial reaction with many observations about the similarities of this event with such well known false flag operations in the US.
THE “TERRORIST” EVENTS of Wednesday October 22nd in Ottawa and two days earlier in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu bear all the hallmarks of a coordinated cross-border one-two punch false flag operation.He then goes on to provide details about what he sees as nine such hallmarks of well planned and coordinated false-flag "terrorist" operations: "the timing, prior 'involvement' of agents of the state [with 'terrorists']", "the chosen miscreants are 'human wreckage' [unstable individuals]", "the 'lone wolf' or 'lone gunman' narrative [probably to head off any notions of a conspiracy]", "'lone wolves' tend to become quickly deceased [to avoid any public trial]", "the branding" [as 'terrorism' by ruling class spokespeople immediately following the incident], "'security exercises' and the false flag [operations] curiously overlap", "media manipulation on both sides of the border", and "failure of media to ask fundamental questions".
The only criticism I have of his analysis is that too much emphasis is placed on the cross-border aspects of the Ottawa incident, and not enough on the class interests involved--the only exception being with a few hints in relation to anti-capitalist opposition in the form of comments about the Canadian security state's suppression of left wing dissidents. Thus, the main implication is that it was the fault of a well established US "security state" which is constructing the same security state in Canada. Such a limited perspective avoids looking at the underlying global class interests of the transnational gang of capitalists known widely as the Empire--sometimes referred to as the "Fourth Reich".
To be sure, this Empire is most firmly embedded in the US, but this is only because of an accident of history which left the US ruling capitalist class with an intact military-industrial infrastructure following WWII. The essential feature of this present transnational ruling class is its global nature. They have no more regard for the disintegrating US civilian infrastructure than they do for anyplace else on earth, except to prevent any organized reaction from US citizens that might threaten their military-industrial complex, security state, and above all their capitalist gang rule. (Also, it must be kept in mind the inter-capitalist gang competition that is presently heating up especially against Russia, and secondarily against China; and that this competition for global dominance could easily descend into a nuclear war.)
This latter concern is the reason they have not only constructed the security state apparatus in the US, but everywhere in the NATO countries (including Canada) and its Middle Eastern fortress of Israel. It is precisely in these countries where the Empire is located. Borders between these states have been erased by the Empire's ruling capitalist class for their operations, and are now only used to control the movements of workers within, and to, the Empire. Failure to recognize this "Brave New World [Order]" can only result in a failure to destroy it.