Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Fright of Passage

It is indeed a sad thing when we can measure the maturity of a nation in the free world by its terror threats. In this spirit we now see that Canada has joined the parade of western superpowers with today's front page headline: Terrorist "Cell planned to behead Prime Minister."

Just the other day someone was saying how Canada's different from the States in that no one has the need to assassinate the PM. Well, the time has come.

17 men were arrested near Toronto at their terrorist training camp after people heard excessive gunfire in an area designated "No Hunting." The accused bearded fanatics told people prior to their trip that they would be "extreme camping."

With 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate to make a bomb, the men were planning on storming Parliament Hill, taking hostages including PM Harper, and demanding the release of all Muslim prisoners and the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan. If their demnands weren't met they would behead their hostages and blow up the Peace Tower, the CSIS (the Canadian "CIA") building, and the Stock Exchange. Thankfully, law enforcers caught them before any of their intended horror could be realized.

There are now snipers on top of Ottawa's buildings, and added security around Stephen Harper.

When the Conservative PM was asked about this threat on his life, he answered, "I can live with all these threats as long as they're not from my caucus."

And then we all chuckled. "Oh that Stephen."