Trudeau’s casual response to terrorism

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada needs “investigative national security stuff” to keep us safe and to prevent Islamist terrorism like the recent attacks in Manchester and London.

During his high-profile television appearance on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Canada’s celebrity PM was asked about national security.

“Tough and tragic news over the weekend in London, in the wake of the attack in Manchester, what goes through your mind when you think of keeping Canada safe?” asked host Ryan Seacrest.

It shouldn’t have been a tough question, and yet, Trudeau appeared to have trouble answering.

“There’s all sorts of different things we need to do,” said Trudeau, listing examples including “investing in safety, security, police officers and investigative national security stuff.”

He said he hoped to create a society in which, “we’re resilient enough to handle bad things happening without falling into a bad space.”

His answer seems as cynical as it’s naïve.

According to Trudeau, keeping Canada safe means making sure we can “handle bad things” without falling into a “bad space”.

Bad things, in this context, include teenage girls being blown up outside a pop concert in Manchester, a woman having her throat slit in a pub and tourists getting mowed down on London Bridge, all in the name of jihad.

Trudeau seems to accept that more Islamist terrorist attacks will occur in Canada.

Like many misguided leaders in the West, his focus appears to be on preventing an unsavory backlash.

Trudeau is certainly not alone in his blasé attitude towards combatting terrorism.

Several European politicians have made similar public statements.

French President Emmanuel Macron said during an April, 2017 radio interview that terrorism is an “imponderable problem” which will be “part of our daily lives for the years to come”.

This echoes the comments former French PM Manuel Valls made following the horrific Nice attack, when a Tunisian jihadist drove a truck through a crowd of families on a national holiday celebration, killing 87 and injuring over 400.

“Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism,” said Valls.

In September, 2016, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the threat of terrorism is “part and parcel of living in a big city”.

Perhaps this is true in the Middle East, where tribal wars are the norm and national security has never been realized.

But the West has achieved and long maintained peace, freedom and security. We shouldn’t simply shrug our shoulders and let it slip away.

Rather than standing up for our safety and security in the West, these politicians seem resigned to the fact their policies – of open-border immigration, hands-off integration and politically-correct law enforcement – will inevitably lead to some political violence.

Naïve politicians may have come to accept Islamist terrorism as a fact of life, but civilians in the West have not.

We expect our political leaders to have a better response than telling us to simply accept terrorism as a part of life and be resilient after horrific attacks occur.

So far, the major assurance Trudeau has come up with is saying the problem can be solved with “national security stuff”.

At best, he appears disinterested in combatting terrorism and...(READ MORE)