I hope, since these men have been presumed guilty, that they really are.
I hope that Stephen Harper doesn't use this as excuse to ramp up a war machine. I hope, if he does, there is widespread public sentiment against it. And, if he does, I hope that someone didn't frame the men to give him that excuse.
I hope Canadians will not use this as an excuse for intolerance and bigotry, or to turn away from multiculturalism. It can't be a coincidence that, a few days after the arrests, the Globe And Mail's online poll asked, "Is multiculturism the proper course for Canada in the 21st Century?"
Many bloggers have pointed out that Harper's platitudes after these arrests recycled W's famous post-9/11 blather. I first saw it at The Gazetteer:
"We are a target because of who we are and how we live, our society, our diversity and our values - values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The values that make Canada great, values that Canadians cherish."The Gazetteer's post on this is very good, and very simply sums up my feelings on the matter. What are yours?
Stephen Harper, June 3rd, 2006
"Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber - a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms - our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."
George W. Bush, Sept 21, 2001