Harper Terrorism


On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism. In order to assuage these concerns, the government recently announced its intention to introduce further anti-terrorism legislation. But there are two ways to stop terrorism: you can create new laws and you can also provide adequate funding. While choosing the former option may create the illusion that Harper is tough on terrorism, it's in the latter area that our national security agencies are in greatest need.
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The Root Cause of Terrorism: "I Want to Kill You"

If truth is the first casualty of war, logic is often the first casualty of terrorism. Especially in the Canadian editorial pages. Once fashionable notions that death-cult Bin Ladenism is somehow a coherent political movement based around a sensible critique of American ugliness, or one inclined to spare gentle Canada from its reactionary wrath (providing we behave), are nowhere near as ubiquitous as when columnist Andrew Coyne was assembling his rouge's gallery. It took 11 years and two attempted attacks but the message of terrorism, it seems, is finally getting through. At some point, "I want to kill you" is simply too hard to misinterpret.