William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

CANADIANS ARE NAÏVE

Terrorists live in our neighbourhoods
Some are veterans of the war in Beirut
They plot to commit more extreme acts
For now their sleeper cells lay mute

Peaceniks march upon the Canadian street
Giving the media message that Canada is weak
This gives the green light to the Taliban
Who stress killing Canadians in Afghanistan?

These marchers are led by the Block and the commie NDP
As Canadians lay down their lives to keep Afghanistan free
They want Canada to cut and run – this party of Taliban Jack
To win protection for reconstruction our soldiers must attack!

TIMES COLONIST SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2006 Cl3

Terrorism Will Worsen, Military Audience Told

Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were successful effort to ignite holy war, says espionage expert

BY JEN SKERRITT
Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG — Canadians can expect the war on terror to worsen during the next 30 years, a terrorism expert told a military audience at a lecture yesterday.

“If we, had not gone to Iraq, we would’ve wiped out the al-Qaeda movement by this time:’ Canadian espionage specialist Peter St. John told about 150 reservists and retired army officers while speaking about the importance of understanding the history of Islamic fundamentalism and the challenges of the war in Afghanistan.

He said yesterday’s symposium is the first of a series of lectures designed to furthered to the Canadian Forces about how insurgent groups think.

Winnipeg is the test-case, and if it’s successful, St. John said he’d like to expand the symposium to include other reservists across Canada. The problem, St. John said, is the government isn’t explaining cultural history to soldiers and both Canada and the U.S. are making major foreign policy blunders.

He said the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S. were designed to radicalize modern Muslims, and make them part of a holy war against the West. St. John said the U.S. starting the war in Iraq only helped terrorist groups radicalize more Muslims. “I feel that our government has failed to explain what kind of war we’re in Afghanistan,” he said.

Dr. Thomas A. Marks, a terrorism expert from National Defence University in Washington, said the western world can expect a “rough ride” over the next three decades and Canadians need to be more realistic about the implications of terrorist groups.

He said Canadians are still naive about the fact insurgents are living in their neighbourhoods, and plotting to commit extreme acts of terror.

“Canada thinks it lives in Disneyland,” Marks said. “Every terror group in the world has long made Canada its parking

St. John said terrorist groups like al-Qaeda don’t give up and it wouldn’t be unthinkable for them to attempt to simultaneously bomb 11 commercial jetliners over U.S. soil down the road. “If they had an idea, they’ll try to follow it through until they do it properly:’ he said. Dozens of Britons were arrested last summer for allegedly planning suicide bombing missions aboard up to 10 U.S.-bound airliners.

St. John taught international relations at the University of Manitoba for 35 years. For 20 years he has focussed his work on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and espionage.

Do Marches, Protests Put Forces At Risk?

Top NATO commander Gen. James Jones states that the Taliban specifically targeted Canadian Forces this year with a series of roadside bombings and suicide bombers in an attempt to weaken our resolve.

This statement raises a question: Are they encouraged to target Canadians rather than other NATO forces, because their agents in Canada report that a very vocal segment of our population is opposed to our forces being there and want them returned home? If that is the case, wide coverage by the media on statements by politicians and peace marches may encourage the Taliban to follow this strategy causing the increasing loss of Canadian lives.

R.K. Acton, Victoria