Friday, February 27, 2004

Here in Arizona, there's much ado about the leaky Mexican border. With all the worrisome eyes cast Southward, I think it's time we remind ourselves that there's a troubling problem with the Northern border, as well. According to a recently released CIA research report, Canada is a veritable terrorist haven, posing a considerable threat to America's national security. summarized the report quite aptly.

The report blames Canada's "...generous social welfare system, lax immigration laws, infrequent prosecutions, light sentencing, and long borders...", among other factors, for making it a favorite destination for terrorist and criminal groups, which are "increasingly using Canada as an operational base and transit country en route to the United States."

Judging from that list, I highly doubt Ottawa will be dispelling its infamous "terror incubator" image any time soon. Several of the contributory factors in the report (the welfare system, the open borders, the permissive legal system) are sacred political cows, enshrined in the national psyche by decades of liberal activism at all levels of government. Leading any of those red heifers to the proverbial slaughterhouse would take an act of extraordinary political will from someone who's committed to tackling the status quo. Such a thing has not happened since the late 1960's, when Pierre Trudeau deftly consolidated the powers of the Prime Minister's Office. Unfortunately, he used his newfound clout to radically reshape Canada into a European-style socialist backwater, complete with price controls, scores of intrusive regulatory agencies, and monopoly control of key industries by the federal government.

Lucky for the US, Jean Chretien, the last of Trudeau's leftist acolytes, has recently resigned. With Paul Martin anxious to repair his predecessor’s tattered relationship with America, there may be some willingness to address the burgeoning terrorist threat within his country as part of an "olive branch" diplomatic strategy. That is, if the Liberal Party wins this year’s election, of course.


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