Monday, June 05, 2006

now this should aggravate the brown shirts in our midst

here's Gwynne Dyer's latest column scary thing is that he's right not that it matters these days. It could get pretty ugly up here for a while. We shall have to see.

A kind of 9/11 did happen in Canada. The largest casualty toll of any terrorist
attack in the west before 2001 was the 329 people who were killed in the
terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182, en route from Toronto to London, in
1985. Two hundred and eighty of the dead were Canadian citizens. Since Canada
has only one-tenth the population of the United States, it was almost exactly
the same proportionate loss that the United States suffered in 9/11.It was
immediately clear that the terrorists were Sikhs seeking independence from
India, but here's what Canada didn't do: it didn't send troops into India to
"stamp out the roots of the terrorism" and it didn't declared a "global war on
terror". Partly because it lacked the resources for that sort of adventure, of
course, but also because it would have been stupid. Instead, it tightened up
security at airports, and launched a police investigation of the attackThe
investigation was not very successful, and 21 years later most of the culprits
have still not been punished. But Sikh terrorism eventually died down even
though nobody invaded the Punjab, and nobody else got hurt in Canada. The US
would have had to lean on the Afghan regime quite hard to get the al Qaeda camps
shut down after 9/11, but that, on the whole, would have been the right reaction
to that attack, too. And nothing more.

There's been quite a bit of talk on some message boards none of which I'll dignify with a link basically saying that it's time to send the Muslims all home or worse. The British didn't obliterate the Catholics after the Gunpowder Plot.

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