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Friday, September 30, 2011

Will Americans ever trust us again?

canusrelations The Americans are again musing about building a fence along parts of our mutual border as well as deploying various high-tech surveillance systems. Apparently, some officials in the American Customs and Border Protection Agency believe this will make America safer from terrorism. They’ll never ever forget Ahmed Ressam—who they arrested in 2000, trying to cross into Washington State from British Columbia on a mission to bomb Los Angeles International Airport—and there are Americans who still believe mistakenly some of the 9/11 plane hijackers entered the United States from Canada.

Americans have every right to do so, of course, they can build walls, fences, ditches, moats to their hearts’ content. But one can’t help wondering if this isn’t just another symptom of their apparent helplessness, making them feel that they have to do something. So they believe sealing themselves in—when a far more imminent threat seems to be coming from within the United States itself—will help keep them more secure.

Today, there’s a New York Times report that a U.S. drone attack killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim preacher, this morning in Yemen. al-Awlaki was a leading figure in Al Qaeda in Yemen, and was known to have immense influence within that terrorist group.

Other recent threats-from-within have been well publicized:

  • A 26-year-old American citizen Rezwan Ferdaus, a graduate of Northeastern University no less, has been charged with planning terrorist attacks against key buildings in Washington. He allegedly planned to attack the buildings with explosives on model airplanes, and to cut down evacuees with gunfire and grenades as they left the buildings.
  • U.S. citizen Mohamed Osman Mohamud tried Last Christmas to blow up a truck bomb while Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square was packed with thousands of people.
  • U.S. citizens, Major Nidal Malik Hasan and Private Naser Abdo, both of the United States Army, planned attacks on Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan killing 13 and wounding 30. Abdo, fortunately, was arrested before he could act.

Thank the Lord none of these maniacs were Canadians—we’d never have heard the end of it and wait times at the U.S.-Canadian border would have become unbearable. And, at least, one U.S. Congressman would have called for an all-out invasion of our country.

The Americans have enormous internal security problems and have nothing short of a real war in progress on their southern border—tens of thousands of casualties have already been suffered—yet some have time to plan a fence between themselves and Canada.

Go figure.

 

 

© Russell G. Campbell, 2011.
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  1. The US is in the middle of a debt and spending crisis that is growing out of control. If they think spending a gazillion dollars on a stupid fence along the Canadian border is a good reason to go into more debt, then they are more screwed up than I thought.

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  2. There is a plan so well deep that no american know that they are going to be surrounded from the 'outside' world.

    The next thing the american gov might do is cut off airwaves to certain news medias.

    Russ, Chavez gave Obama a book written by Chavez and nothing would surprise me that it contains steps in how to keep a country under control under one fist.

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  3. Jen,

    Unfortunately, the Republican presidential candidates seem just as keen on fencing their borders (perhaps more so), i.e., getting rid of Obama won't get rid of the fences.

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  4. "Will Americans ever trust us again?"

    Why would they?

    Kennedy once said, "During a crisis Canada will offer all aid short of help".

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  5. Well then Russ, the americans will have to learn to live like 'east berlin.'

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  6. Yes I agree, it really is delusional in the same way that they'll not hesitate for a second to pat down a 12 year old blond kid at the airport but will quickly bury their heads up their political correct progressive arses when someone like Hasan showed glaring signs of going allah akbar postal.

    But look on the bright side Russ! That very same fence keeps those kooks in. And it doesn't cost us a dime!

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  7. It is not a matter of trust. They are now officially completely nuts. A fence may work around your house but an entire country? insane. Hows that Mexican fence working?

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