Why do we keep seeing threats and incidents of terrorism? Because they work. And until we grow enough spine to resist them in all their manifestations, we will keep seeing more. "National Archives cancels screening of documentary on Iran after threats," by Sarah Boesveld for the National Post, January 18 (thanks to C.):
After receiving threats and two suspicious letters Tuesday, the National Archives of Canada cancelled the screening of a controversial documentary that critiques Iran's nuclear weapons program, a move that has organizers questioning the national library's autonomy.
The Free Thinking Film Society's showing of Iranium prompted so many complaints -- some of them from the Iranian Embassy -- that staff thought it necessary to close the entire building at 396 Wellington St. in Ottawa, just steps from the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament Hill at 4:45 p.m., said archives spokeswoman Pauline Portelance.
"Once we started to receive threats from the public and threats of public protest, we deemed the risk associated with the event was a little too high," she said....
As Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty unless the risk associated with it is a little too high."