The diffuse threat


Stephen Harper discusses the terrorist threat facing Canada.

… Harper says Canada is safer than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda attacked the U.S., but that “the major threat is still Islamicism.” “There are other threats out there, but that is the one that I can tell you occupies the security apparatus most regularly in terms of actual terrorist threats,” Harper said.

Harper cautioned that terrorist threats can “come out of the blue” from a different source, such as the recent Norway attacks, where a lone gunman who hated Muslims killed 77 people. But Harper said terrorism by Islamic radicals is still the top threat, though a “diffuse” one.

“When people think of Islamic terrorism, they think of Afghanistan, or maybe they think of some place in the Middle East, but the truth is that threat exists all over the world,” he said, citing domestic terrorism in Nigeria. The prime minister said home-grown Islamic radicals in Canada are “also something that we keep an eye on.”


The diffuse threat

  1. Please, good citizens, please, continue to fear in a vague way about a non-specific threat that I can’t identify. It’s good for the economy. It keeps the Harper Government™ elected. Thank you.

    • “Harper says Canada is safer than it was on Sept. 11, 2001”

      Was that the “fear-factor nonsense” you’re referring to?

      • We were safe then, and we’re safe now.

          • LOL I know that Cons accuse others of what they’re doing themselves…but that post tops the pile.

  2. You know, I liked it better when we weren’t building up the egos of our potential enemies. Seems to me today that open talk like this serves no other purpose than freaking people out and legitimizing the nutbars who try to pull this type of nonsense.

    It’s very simple from my perspective: You don’t negotiate with terrorists and you don’t legitimize them with free publicity about how “dangerous” they are.

    It’s a well known fact that crazies involved in killings like Columbine, or that recent nut in Norway, partially do so on the basis of a desire for notoriety. Everytime we put a nutbar’s name in lights and make a big deal about them personally, we up the ante on the next crackpot.

    Al Qaeda is no different. No matter their methods, they’re essentially a rogue political organization that has had far more effect through the media and the in the minds of Westerners, than their actual capabilities really deserve.

    I say let them all rot in the dark, while we work behind the scenes to undermine them.

  3. Sounds like Harper got a pre-release copy of Dick Cheney’s book. 

  4. We have to plan for the known unknowns, the unknown unknowns and not forget about the known knowns.

    • And we have to pay unknown security firms unknown and untold amounts of money to keep the unknown enemies at bay. 

  5. To win a battle for liberty people must not get accustomed to any incursions or indignities, but must complain about them every single time…and in every forum possible.

  6. What in bloody hell is “Islamicism”?

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