Musings —02.04.2015 08:22 AM—
“…the Liberals and NDP are running scared. They are so worried about Harper outmanoeuvring them in the public opinion polls that they are giving his fatally-flawed bill a pass. They think that will make us vote for them.”
Forget about the fact that lazily calling up a bunch of civil libertarians, and asking them about just about anything a government does, will always elicit a predictable response. Forget about the fact that even a cursory review of Supreme Court decisions will strongly suggest that the anti-terror bill will pass constitutional muster. Forget about the fact that public opinion – which, you know, Parliamentarians are asked to occasionally consider – is wholly supportive of measures to make civil society safer, and oppose genocide.
Forget about all that. And consider that, on the very same day that Parliamentarians were starting to consider C-51, these things happened:
- A Jordanian pilot was seen being put in a cage, doused with gasoline, and set on fire by ISIS – who filmed the entire murder
- Two jihadists were in a Toronto court, facing terror charges, for a plot to kill hundreds on a Via Rail train
- Three jihadists were charged by RCMP in Ottawa, for a terrorist conspiracy to finance and recruit for ISIS
All. On. The. Same. Day.
I, for one, am happy to see that the Liberals and the New Democrats are starting the painful process of extracting their collective heads from their nether regions. I, for one, think the NDP and the LPC should be applauded for starting to consider that, you know, Harper may actually have had a point. Rhetorical bluster aside, (a) jihadist attacks really are becoming more frequent, (b) attacks are not confined any longer to the Middle East, and (c) sending over bags of rice, and nothing else, will never defeat ISIS/ISIL’s genocidal campaign.
Mr. Walkom is doing what columnists always accuse politicians of doing: he is fighting the last war. He needs to pay attention to the current one.