Canada Stands Up to Terrorism

Canada is a proud country. We have a history of military greatness. We fight above our weight. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the first to speak up against the recent terrorism in Israel, the greater Middle East and in the Crimea.

Today, terrorists around the world are dangerous to the freedoms of those of us in the West. They oppose freedom, free-will and everything for which we stand-human and civil rights based on ethical monotheism, the foundation of Western Culture. Prime Minister Harper, the leader of the Conservative Party is well aware but Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, is not. We have an election in 2015. How Canada responds to terrorism will be decided by the party that is voted into power.

Canada experienced terrorism in the 1970’s. And the Prime minister of the time, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, father of Justin Trudeau, attacked the terrorism head on.

The FLQ , Front de Libération du Québec, French Canadian nationalists hoping to separate Quebec from the rest of Canada, had been terrorizing Canada for 7 years with hundreds of bombings. Then came the abduction of British diplomat, James Richard Cross, on October 5, 1970, and of provincial minister, Pierre Laporte, later on October 10. Army tanks and men in full gear were deployed into Canadian cities. Raids on homes, hunting for “terrorists” were taking place.

And reporters from the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, questioned the actions of the Prime Minister.

How far was he willing to go to stop these terrorists?

And his response “Just watch me,” became infamous.

On October 15 the Quebec government requested the assistance of the army. October 16, 1970 Pierre-Éliott Trudeau, proclaimed the War Measures Act. “As a result, civil rights were curtailed and Canadian Armed Forces occupied several Quebec cities.” On October 17 Pierre Laporte was murdered and 450 and 500 people were subsequently arrested, without warrant.

Pierre Trudeau, in the 1970’s knew the danger of terrorism defined as the “Climate of fear that a political group attempts to instill in a society in order to create insecurity among the general population. These groups systematically use violence.”

The Prime Minister was not about to let violence control the agenda. Sadly, we in Canada are facing a new agenda that does not disavow violence, but rather tries to find root causes for terrorism. The new leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, the son of Pierre, has fallen far from the tree. He blamed the Boston bombings on terrorists who might have felt “excluded” and said it was our responsibility to end the “tensions.”

As Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, committed Canada to fight in the coalition against the terrorists of ISIS, Justin Trudeau accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of using “overheated and moralistic rhetoric … to justify a war.”

Trudeau and members of his Liberal party voted against fighting ISIS. He did offer humanitarian aid to pander to his left wing constituency. Sounds lovely. But how do you provide aid to those who are being massacred without stopping the killing? Without destroying the killing machine? Did we learn nothing from WWII?

It takes courage to take action that is not pretty, that is not embraced by one’s constituents. Winston Churchill once said “You have enemies? Good. That means you have stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Prime Minister Harper has earned his enemies. Justin Trudeau wants to be liked so he chooses bafflegab over ethics.

Justin Trudeau, Chamberlain to Harper’s Churchill, has chosen to submit to those who do not want to get their hands dirty by committing to a “war” that is open-ended, as if any war has an expiration date. Who see Canada’s role in the world as providing humanitarian aid while others do the heavy lifting. He will not commit troops to fight against evil in the Middle East; evil that is spreading throughout the Western world.

So different from his father, Pierre Trudeau, who refused to back down to terrorists in Canada in 1970.

Responding to questions from reporters including a reporter from the CBC, the tax-payer funded national broadcasting corporation, he said

“…You know, I think it is more important to get rid of those who are committing violence against the total society and those who are trying to run the government through a parallel power by establishing their authority by kidnapping and blackmail. And I think it is our duty as a government to protect government officials and important people in our society against being used as tools in this blackmail.”

The reporters were concerned he would employ wire-tapping, reducing other civil liberties in some way.

And he answered:

“Yes, I think the society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power in this country and I think that goes to any distance. So long as there is a power in here which is challenging the elected representative of the people I think that power must be stopped and I think it’s only, I repeat, weak-kneed bleeding hearts who are afraid to take these measures.”

“Weak-kneed bleeding hearts…”

In Canada, the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, continues to shy away from speaking truth. Just as forty years ago the CBC questioned actions taken to stop terrorism in Canada, today they will not call terrorists by name; be it Hamas or ISIS. They refer to them as militants. Why would citizens of Canada choose to send our young people overseas to fight militants? But terrorists? That’s much different. We have seen terrorists in action-overseas and in North America.

Terrorism has escaped borders. We are all targets in the West.

The voice of Martin Niemoeller, a Protestant pastor, who survived 7 years in a Nazi concentration camp is as relevant today as it was all those years ago. He said,

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”



About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "
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