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Peace in Afghanistan? Not likely in our time

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada suffered casualties during its mission in Afghanistan and it is tragic that a Western departure will not bring peace.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Yes, there is a role for our spies in these times. COVID-19 is not the only threat we are faced with. Let’s hope they can continue to do their work and keep us safe.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
It is up to decision makers, policy wonks, and, yes, in the case of the U.S., the president, to take action.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I’d like to make a humble entreaty for humility. If you used to work for CSIS or an analogous agency, be honest with your audience. Do not embellish or exaggerate your deeds or your perspective.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada is still considering Huawei as a supplier of 5G, despite the opposition of some of our allies, including the U.S. Should the government choose Huawei, there could be real implications for intelligence sharing.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada is proudly a land of many nations, but sometimes homeland conflicts come to roost.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Federal and provincial authorities, and, yes, this includes law enforcement and security intelligence agencies folks, have to prepare for the worst, while all the time hoping for the best.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
But what is the role of principle? What is the place for standing up for what is morally right? In the end, what do we, as Canadians, represent? How do we want to show ourselves to the rest of the world?
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Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I hope that those responsible for making decisions in this regard have the training and understanding of terrorism and the terrorist mindset to make the right call.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism may be a rare scourge, but it gets a lot of attention. We have to do this better to retain public confidence. I just pray that the plan includes a mix of specialists and former practitioners.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
If we elect to put ourselves out there, do we not give up our right to privacy? In other words, do we not lose control over who sees it and how they choose to use it?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Dougal MacDonald’s insipid views do not belong in Canadian society, let alone on a university campus.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Are we a rollover international dupe? Are other countries laughing and pointing at us saying, 'Hey, it doesn’t matter what we do 'cause Canada will pay!'?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Developments and trends around the world demonstrate quite clearly that Islamist extremism has not disappeared, the ‘defeat’ of the Islamic State notwithstanding.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
When counterterrorism is done sloppily, it undermines everything else we do in that regard. It is already hard enough to sell these efforts to Canadians. This charade makes it harder.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
China is playing us for dupes. We need to understand that no one, and especially no state, does anything important out of altruism.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The actual place of incubation does not matter. What does is having a bevy of like-minded co-conspirators and access to relevant material, and that can happen anywhere.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
One tangible thing Public Safety Canada does do is maintain what is known as the ‘list of terrorist entities.'
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
But what if all this concern over the fate of the planet were to lead to an equally worrisome yet opposite wave of violence?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The PPC could make a comeback. There is indeed room for a civilized debate on immigration and values, provided that conversation remains 'civilized.' We don't need dog-whistle politics.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
At the end of the day Don Cherry is probably just an old racist. That he has stooped to ridiculing others is a sad state of affairs for someone many of us once liked to listen to. He should have known better.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Groups that hold extremist views and potentially violent extremist ones such as the Soldiers of Odin, the Proud Boys, and the IIIpercenters also tend to gravitate towards causes such as those espoused by Wexit.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We are thankfully not inundated with terrorism in Canada. It would be nice, however, to call it what it is when it occurs.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Here's what needs to be done on the national security/public safety front.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS is criticized when it refuses to divulge anything at all. It is criticized when it at least makes an effort to let out some information. Why should the intelligence agency even try then?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Even if terrorism is a rare event—we have officially been at medium on a five-point threat scale since 2014—we still call upon CSIS and the RCMP to investigate such threats and to neutralize them.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
What is transpiring in Canada is not that different than what some other nations have seen.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I have no idea who Cameron Ortis is or whether he is guilty of the accusations made against him. But there is much about this that I am familiar with: very familiar.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We must remind ourselves that all of this is alleged and not proven. Cameron Ortis is, of course, innocent until any of this is demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not look good, but we must wait and see. 
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There are unanswered questions about Joshua Boyle and why the horrific ordeal he put his wife and kids through began in the first place.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I do not have answers to, what is at its core, a very complicated question. I wish I did.

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