Dear Dave: You ask, “What would happen to Canadian politics if 4000 or 5000 people were snuffed out in the name of a religion?”
You were probably asking that rhetorically, but the truth is that Canadians would probably feel responsible and blame ourselves for the attack!
How do I know this? Because every time a terrorist has attacked or threatened to attack Canada, that’s exactly what’s happened.
Back in 2006 our security agency, CSIS, uncovered evidence of a plot to attack prominent targets in Ontario, including our Parliament buildings. Canadian pundits were shocked…and promptly blamed Harper for making Canada a terror target. Why? Because Harper was an “ideological ally” of George W. Bush, of course.
Almost a decade later, when an armed maniac actually did attack the Parliament buildings, the chattering classes blamed Harper again while tossing in a few jokes about how the Prime Minister was “hidden in a closet” by security instead of… I don’t know… killing the terrorist with his bare hands?
If this sounds a little weird to you, remember that Canadians are obsessed with their “international reputation.” Because we are a hideously insecure nation, we think everyone is watching and judging us.
So if terrorists want to attack Canadians, it must be because we’re doing something to make them mad!
It’s so bad that when terrorists attack your country, Canadians can’t help but talk about how you Yanks had it coming. When America was reeling in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, what did Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have to say? He said the attack happened “because there is someone who feels completely excluded […] and our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?”
Now you tell me: Could any American politician say something like that and keep their job?
Oh, but hold on: You and I have already covered this. These are Liberals, and we shouldn’t be listening to them. But can conservatives be counted on to unite against an external attack? Not according to this article in the National Post, where a bunch of unnamed “senior Conservatives insiders” are complaining off the record about Harper’s response to the Syrian refugee situation.
Are they saying Harper isn’t being tough enough about the possibility of ISIS agents slipping through the borders? Nope! They’re worried about Harper “being poorly advised on the Syrian refugee crisis”. The “base” (whoever they are) may not think flinging the borders open is a good idea, but the more important thing to these alleged conservatives is that a bunch of Liberal Premiers and mayors do, and it just looks really bad for the CPC to be in the minority here. The current Conservative response- just holding the line- “speaks to the worst instincts.”
Canadians do not fight back against external threats or take bold unilateral action. When a hero like Kevin Vickers shoots and kills a terrorist in the line of duty, he gets a standing ovation in the House of Commons and is promptly packed off to a comfy ambassadorship to Ireland because parading him through the streets or building him a statue would be unseemly.
When Canadian General Rick Hillier calls terrorists murderers and scumbags, journalists are horrified and blame him for detainee arrests. That’s probably why he’s now calling on the government to bring in as many refugees as possible.
There’s a great old saying in Canada, Dave: “Being a Liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.” Until Canadian conservatives find their own way out of having to say sorry all the time and being shamed for their beliefs, we’ll be stuck in the margins.
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