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Why Canada should not be in a hurry to re-embrace Saudi Arabia

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There is a lot of money to be made by having a robust relationship with Saudi Arabia, particularly in the defence sector. But what is more important: trade or the values Canada stands for?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Trying to stifle the voices of experienced Canadians who are critical over what China is trying to do sounds a lot like what China does to its own citizens, does it not?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
What happened on the Danforth was a terrible crime that killed two, wounded many more, and scarred even more for life. And yet there is nothing to support the theory that the assailant was a terrorist.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS is legislatively mandated to investigate threats to the security of Canada, defined under Sec. 2 of the CSIS Act, by the powers granted under Sec. 12. One of these threats is politically motivated violence.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian lobby firm should not be doing business with Sudan military.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The reasons why terrorists are made are multiple and complicated and each person goes through an individualized transformation. This complexity requires individualized attention. Furthermore, how long do you monitor someone to conclude that he or she will not end up killing in the name of an ideology? Six months? A year? Two years? Who has the resources to do that kind of follow up?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The CSIS report sheds valuable light on what keeps the director and his staff up at night. CSIS is far from perfect but it is an excellent security service.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS actually had no choice but to get rid of the material. As an internal study found in 1988, the files did not meet the threshold in the CSIS Act to justify being kept in the service’s active inventory and also fell short of criteria for preservation set out by the national archives.
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Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism here is a blessedly tiny problem and one that will most likely remain insignificant. The only real difference is what to do with the evidence when it comes time to lay criminal charges.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
When we throw out terms like genocide for what is happening now in Canada we dilute the concept.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I really hope that Ayub Mohammed can have a normal life one day, but it's also critical that the national security agencies are allowed to weigh in on cases like this.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian Muslims must also go the extra kilometre and denounce the treatment of Asia Bibi.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We need to make it clear that groups of this ilk do not enjoy official sanction and that we as Canadians universally reject their views.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I would suggest that CSIS should do it since that is the premier organization that knows what is happening in Canada.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada was once concerned about Canadians in the Spanish Civil War back in the 1930s. Fast forward to 2019 and what phenomenon has seized the attention of the RCMP and the Canadian public? Returning IS foreign fighters.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
And for those contemplating violence in the name of their creed, do us all a favour and ask yourself: What would Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or whoever, do?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I know the Canadian government has an on-again, off-again relationship with intelligence. But can it not at least take what its protectors give it at face value and use it to craft policies that make sense?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
It is not for nothing that Afghanistan has earned the nickname 'the graveyard of empires.' And it is not going away any time soon.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We must hold our leaders to a higher standard. Speech like this is not just intolerant, it is intolerable. We cannot and must not tolerate it and we must call out those who engage in it, letting them know that we will no
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
More information is always better than less. We who try to put context into what is happening, whether it is terrorism or not, should always remember that.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We can learn about terrorism and its motivations by sharing more information, not less. We can be both true to our need to acquire details and our need to be sensitive to others. It is something that has to be done carefully, but it can be done.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We certainly cannot stand by as extremists and terrorists seek to undermine our societies under the aberrant conviction that we have it all wrong and they are going to show us how it should be done.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We need longer sentences for terrorism offence, now.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We would be well-advised to look in the mirror as well. We are witnessing a worrying ascent of anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic feeling in the Great White North.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS must work within the law and must have oversight (as it does in spades), but it must also be allowed to do what we ask it to do. If the government continues to ignore the security advice CSIS gives, it calls into question why we have such an organization working for Canadians.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Our future economic success relies on robust immigration. It would be good to remember that.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I want my government to be involved where it needs to be and not try to be all things to all people. Developing expensive programs for all but non-existent problems makes little sense to me.
We fool only ourselves when we try to say that terrorism is defeated. Yes, groups may surrender or be effectively downgraded to the extent where they are no longer very effective in what they are trying to do.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
As a retired CSIS analyst, I am trying to do what I can to provide context. It’s nice to see a current government official do the same. More of this please.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We need all the candidates to address national security issues, like terrorism, in the campaign, but to do so in a sensible way. Canadians deserve a mature conversation on what is a real, albeit relatively small, threat.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS would not interfere in foreign elections or create fake online personas to spread disinformation. I worked there for a decade-and-a-half and, I am pretty sure those are not activities CSIS has engaged in.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
In the end, we have to decide as a society what is more important: universal privacy or universal safety. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

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