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‘It’s called reality’

November 27, 2007

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Posted in today’s Globe and Mail (2007-11-27)

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‘It’s called reality’

DAVID H. WILKINS

November 27, 2007

U.S. Ambassador to Canada — “Paranoia anyone?” Lawrence Martin asks regarding U.S. and Canada security measures (Paranoia Anyone? Seeking An End To The Security Excess – Nov. 22).

Mr. Martin cites as “paranoia” our diligent security at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa – measures designed to protect both the U.S. and Canadian employees who work inside and outside of the building.

Certainly Mr. Martin recalls the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies of the East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Those attacks (linked to al-Qaeda and before the administration of George W. Bush) killed hundreds and injured thousands of other innocent people. Perhaps Mr. Martin will recall the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia?

Does this summer’s terror arrest that thwarted a major bombing of JFK International Airport in New York remind Mr. Martin this is an enemy who does not rest? Sept. 11 was just six years ago; 3,000 innocent civilians (including 24 Canadians) murdered in cold blood.

Paranoia? No. It’s called reality. And developing and implementing security measures to thwart the enemy who promises to strike again and often is called common sense.

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