Stephen Harper promised us, okay, promised an American economic group that he would establish an American-style conservative government in our fair land. His goals thusly stated, where to start? In a hat-tip to W down south he has shown a predilection for hiding behind the military and waving the flag, but that image hasn’t played quite as well here. In fact, in spite of his whole-hearted support of the Canadian contribution to the General Waste of Time, support for the mission in Afghanistan continues to fall across the country. It could be that we’re just not quite as accustomed to “transfer tubes” as our neighbours to the south.
So if flag-waving doesn’t jump us to attention, what’s a guy to do? Why, a guy is to steal pages two through twelve hundred from the Karl Rove “mini-Machiavelli” handbook, the section on fear. What would be more American than a liberal dose of fear to mobilize the population and spice up the water-cooler huddle?
Enter Jack Hooper, deputy director of CSIS, who has announced that we have an as yet un-colour-coded threat of home-grown terrorism! Right here, in our own backyard! And like his Homeland Defense compatriots to the south, his announcement contains no actual information, it’s purpose is simply to ratchet up our fear level a tiny little bit. We get a few priceless gems that could have been read from a Whitehouse statement four years ago like this:
“They are virtually indistinguishable from other youth. They blend in very well to our society, they speak our language and they appear to be — to all intents and purposes — well-assimilated,” he said.
What exactly does “virtual” mean in this sense? Like us, but … with a tatoo? Like us, but … they drive American-built cars? Ah, here’s the answer – like us, but immigrants:
“I can tell you that all of the circumstances that led to the London transit bombings, to take one example, are resident here now in Canada,” he said.
It’s sort of cute the way he dances around the word “Arabic”, isn’t it?
Naturally, toeing the party line, he then goes on to reiterate how important it is to keep Canadian troops in Afghanistan, because, well, do we really need to explain to you how dangerous it would be to not do so?
So, Mr. Hooper, if you have evidence of such threats, why the hell don’t you demonstrate it and arrest someone? I mean, they just arrested four kids here for conspiracy based on some crap they wrote in their schools and on their computers; surely you can come up with at least that little bit of evidence to charge someone. Unless of course the goal is just to make us that little bit more afraid so that we’ll accept the next little lie…