July 12, 2005


Canadians not psychologically braced for threat of terror, McLellan says (Tara Brautigam. Ottawa Citizen, July 12th, 2005)

Canadians need to abandon the notion that their country is invulnerable to terrorism in order to be better prepared for an attack like the one that struck London last week, federal Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan said Monday.

The efforts in recent years of police and the Canada Security Intelligence Service make it clear Canada is a terrorist target, but Canadians still seem oblivious to the danger, McLellan told an international conference on disaster management.

"CSIS and the RCMP, among other law enforcement agencies, have made it plain that there exists in this country those who might very well choose, either themselves or with others, to do harm," McLellan said. [...]

"I do not believe that Canadians are as psychologically prepared for a terrorist attack as I think probably we all should be," McLellan said. Nor is Canada immune to attacks just because it didn't participate in the Iraq war, she added.

"I think we have perhaps for too long thought that these were things that happen somewhere else . . . the self-image we may have of ourselves, it may be accurate, but completely irrelevant in the world in which we live."

Yes, we know what you are thinking and we’ll take it as a compliment.

Posted by Peter Burnet at July 12, 2005 1:50 PM

What they had been thinking was that all they had to do was Medize and the Ragheads would leave them alone. It is time for them to begin to hav second thoughts.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 12, 2005 2:09 PM

What I was thinking: That Canada is irrelevant and will be struck only when the U.S. has nearly won the war, and the terrorists are looking for the softest target. The compliment: ???

Posted by: pj at July 12, 2005 2:35 PM

Terrorists won't strike Canada any more than they would attack Boston. In Canada, they find a nearby staging area for the next attack on The Great Satan. In Boston, they have Harvard and MIT. After 9/11, the bin Ladens did not leave Richmond or St. Louis, did they?

Terrorists love Canada and Boston. All of the multicultural compassion and none of the anger.

Posted by: Ed Bush at July 12, 2005 4:11 PM

Mr. Bush;

Your analysis fails to account for the recent attack in London. Not only was London the best city in Europe for the caliphascists to organize and recruit, but there was a tacit understanding that the UK would leave them alone to promote jihad as long as they didn't attack inside the UK. Yet, in the end, they couldn't resist the temptation.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 12, 2005 6:24 PM

How does the punchline of the scorpion & the frog story go?

Oh yes: The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back. "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

Posted by: ray at July 12, 2005 8:11 PM

Supposedly the RCMP stopped a group of Pakistanis from heading south across the border to attack the Seabrook nuclear power plant in NH. If that's true, we owe the Canadian government bigtime.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 12, 2005 8:54 PM

JJC: sounds like a worthwhile Canadian initiative.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 13, 2005 12:05 AM

Noone is psychologically prepared for terrorism. You can't prepare. Why would you want to be psychologically prepared? That just means that you would consider a terrorist attack as a matter of routine.

Dealing with a terror attack and being prepared for a terror attack are not the same thing.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at July 14, 2005 2:19 PM