I have absolutely no doubt that when historians look back at this dark period in Canadian history, some will compare the reigning terrorist hysteria to the equally insane hysteria of the Salem witch trials.
A collective act of temporary madness fomented and encouraged by evil men like Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney, for their own sinister purposes.
For it is madness, and it is hysteria, and it is being aided and abetted by the some in the MSM.
For how else to explain that a story like this one should get such breathless coverage?
Or that Evan Solomon should devote most of his show these days to the terrorist menace...
When there are so many other things he could be covering, like the state of the economy, or the growing inequality, or climate change.
Or how else to explain the incredible media attention this tunnel in Toronto has been receiving?
Because although police are playing down the story, and the Twitter hordes have had fun with it...
It is the talk of the town, and the obsessive media coverage does contribute to a climate of fear and paranoia.
But strangely enough, after stirring up so much foul xenophobia and naked bigotry with his comments about the Jihadi and niqab menace, Stephen Harper has suddenly gone silent on the subject.
Preferring to pose as Great Mother Leader, the friend of children....
Speaking w/ @BillGates about the importance of taking care of women &children around the globe #MNCH @gatesfoundation pic.twitter.com/QndIoZRVpI
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) February 25, 2015
Rather than a Great Warrior Leader, who would save us from those who would behead us in our beds, or wear niqabs to a citizenship ceremony...
And one really has to wonder it has finally dawned on him that he has been overplaying his hand.
For his foul fear campaign doesn't seem to be moving his numbers, as poll after poll suggests, including this latest one.
The federal Conservatives and Liberals are once again neck-and-neck in terms of support, an exclusive new Ipsos Reid poll for Global News reveals, with the Grits pulling just one point ahead of the ruling Tories.
Whatever it's worth.
And all he seems to have achieved by fanning the flames of intolerance, is helped revived the moribund Bloc Quebecois...
In Quebec, it’s a three-way race between the Liberals (31 per cent), the NDP (27 per cent) and the Bloc Quebecois (26 per cent). The Tories trail at 15 per cent, the poll says.
Which should the Bloc strength last until election day, something I doubt, could conceivably leave that party holding the balance of power.
Which I think we all agree would be be very embarrassing for the Harper gang. Especially if the opposition accuses the Cons during the campaign of planning to form a coalition with the Bloc to help them cling to power.
But not as embarrassing as what he fears the most: being accused of shooting his mouth off to try to provoke a terrorist attack.
For although both him and Jason Kenney are guilty of that, being caught in the act would be fatal...
Which I think explains why Stephen Harper has suddenly toned down his rhetoric, and why the opposition should be accusing him of endangering the lives of Canadians as often and as loudly as they can.
For nothing could undermine support for his Great War on Terror more than that could, and he has given us all the ammunition we need to portray him as either criminally irresponsible and/or a MANIAC.
Oh well, it's too bad the cops in Toronto filled in that tunnel eh?
Because considering what lies ahead for Stephen Harper. Or what we have planned for him.
It might have come in handy...
For he has played a dirty game.
And it will come back to haunt him...
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