“Absurd” not to fear attacks, says the PM’s security advisor. From the National Post, :
OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s national security advisor told a major security and intelligence conference yesterday it would be “absurd” to believe terrorists will not attack Canada.
“Osama bin Laden has publicly identified Canada as a country he believes his followers should attack,” Robert Wright said. “He ranked Canada as fifth out of seven countries and every other country on that list has already been attacked.
“The Bali and Madrid bombings are examples,” he said.
“So this is not someone else’s problem. And experience shows that it’s absurd to think that these attacks could not happen here. The Air-India and Ressam cases demonstrate that the dangers within Canada are real.”
Ahmed Ressam was the al-Qaeda-trained Montreal resident who built a massive bomb in Vancouver and tried to smuggle it into the United States to blow up Los Angeles International Airport. He was caught by a U.S. Customs officer.