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October 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Acts of terrorism: How can we address the problem before it becomes a problem?

Ruxandra Tibu places flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Friday. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot to death at the site on Wednesday. (JUSTIN TANG / AP)

As a Canadian citizen, I want to respond to the shootings that took place the morning of Wednesday, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Canada’s capital [“Canada to give slain soldier hero’s send-off,” Nation & World, Oct. 24]. As a former resident of Ottawa, I can say that I received the news of the attack with great sadness.

What started as threats has become a reality for Canada and the United States. As we are shaken up by these tragic

killings, we are once again forced between a rock and hard place. Is military response the only option? Or is it adding more fuel to the fire? Maybe we should also be giving equal attention to investing in development and diplomacy efforts for developing nations.

While I believe military spending is useful for ensuring security in a nation, I also believe that it is time we start increasing the international-affairs budget in both the United States and in Canada. We need to be proactive and solve the problems before they become problems, because investing in foreign aid is a cheaper and more effective solution in the long run.

Michella Pagliaro, Redmond

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