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We live in a world obsessed with terrorism, but Canada doesn’t have a terrorism problem

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?
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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.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We will see more Canadians who think travelling to hook up with terrorist groups is a good idea. We must not allow that to happen as we cannot allow innocent lives to be lost to these extremists.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
To say that campuses should act as sanctuaries for those who threaten public safety is a daft idea and one that I doubt will gain any traction in Canada. This mode of thinking has no place in our national security realm.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS can be our eyes and ears on what Canada’s economic and political rivals are, provided that it collects what it can within national borders.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
A member has acted egregiously and put both the reputation and mandate of the body at risk. Spies and cops are already loath to talk about their work to outsiders and Tony Clement’s escapades could make them more loath.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
As Canada struggles with the challenge of collecting enough evidence in a war zone to charge returnees and put them away, perhaps we can learn from our friends Down Under.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
One of the drivers of terrorism is to terrorize. Our obsession with a truly fringe element of our society tells me that the terrorists are succeeding in their goals. Do we really want to cede victory to a tiny bunch of m
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There is also no question that when it comes to international terrorism over the past two decades—and beyond—it is Saudi Arabia that is the problem, not Iran.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
At the same time, by labelling every Uyghur a potential terrorist Xinjiang merely creates the conditions under which more terrorists are created. This does sound like a poor counterterrorism strategy, does it not?

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