Tolerance & Multiculturalism Get You Protection from the Terrorists?

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    Canada's Tolerance is No Deterrent to Terrorism
    By Jack Kelly, Real Clear Politics
    June 7, 2006

    No nation is more tolerant than Canada. No nation is more multicultural than Canada. Provincial authorities in Ontario have even considered permitting Muslims in the province to be governed by Sharia, rather than Canadian, law. Canadians oppose the war in Iraq. Canadians want the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. So how could Muslims not love Canada, like every one else does?

    Could it be that radical Islamists want to kill Canadians simply because Canadians aren't radical Islamists? This a concept which Canadians who once thought they could kibitz the war on terror safely from the bleachers are now having to come to grips with.

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    The Price of Nice
    By Jonah Goldberg, National Review
    June 9, 2006

    The presence of a profoundly evil, homegrown terror cell in Canada has understandably provoked a lot of soul-searching to our north. As one Canadian editorial put it: “We are Canada, peacekeepers to the world, everybody’s nice guy. Who would want to harm us, and why?” Or as Audrey Macklin, a University of Toronto law professor, confessed to the Los Angels Times, Canadians “picture themselves as being thought of as nicer than the United States.” Why on earth would terrorists want to hurt a “nice” country? Well, for starters, nice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    Indeed, there’s good reason to believe that niceness is part of the problem, not the solution. Many Canadians (and Americans and Europeans) cling to a deep-seated belief that more multiculturalism, more interfaith dialogue, more “understanding,” more Western apologies, more acceptance of Sharia, more “niceness” will fix the problem.

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