Oh, Canada!--the arrests
Varifrank has a good roundup and summary of news about the Canadian explosives arrests.
The situation was potentially explosive in more ways than one. As Varifrank points out, not only was the alleged network international in scope, not only did it involve Canadian nationals and even minors, but the target was--Canada.
It's hard to imagine anything so logical as a reason for targeting Canada. But I supose the country represented what might be called a target of opportunity. Like Everest, it's there; although unlike Everest, it may have been tempting because it was thought to be relatively easy to operate in. It's also Western, of course, and America-like.
It's encouraging that intelligence and law enforcement worked together on an international scale to thwart this particular effort. The Canadian authorities have certainly not been lulled into a false sense of security because of their country's politics. Of that I--and many millions af Canadians--am glad.
The fact that we are all potential targets is not fearmongering, as many will no doubt say. It's a simple fact. And saying it doesn't mean the speaker is especially afraid--although it's not a pleasant prospect, to be sure.
But it's reality. And if that reality wasn't already as clear as the billiant blue skies of a certain Tuesday in September of 2001, then it certainly should be that clear by now.