It was unthinkable, like a plot to kill the Care Bear, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny.
Most liberals here and abroad think Islamic terrorists exist primarily to cause embarrassment to the Bush administration. If a bomb goes off in a marketplace in Baghdad, it's only a reminder of the tragic consequences of Bush's relentless pursuit of oil. If there's a riot at Guantanamo Bay, it's just proof of how wrong it was to establish a prison there in the first place.
And most liberals here and abroad think that if people overseas dislike us, it is our fault.
But Canada -- especially in the minds of Canadians -- is the kindest and gentlest of nations, the very model of global citizenship, with none of the rough edges of its neighbor to the south....
No nation is more tolerant than Canada. No nation is more multicultural than Canada. Provincial authorities in Ontario have even considered permitting Muslims in the province to be governed by Sharia, rather than Canadian, law. Canadians oppose the war in Iraq. Canadians want the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. So how could Muslims not love Canada, like every one else does?
Could it be that radical Islamists want to kill Canadians simply because Canadians aren't radical Islamists? This a concept which Canadians who once thought they could kibitz the war on terror safely from the bleachers are now having to come to grips with.
"An Associated Press dispatch on the bomb plot noted that Canada, with America, Britain, Spain and Australia, was listed by Osama bin Laden as a 'Christian' nation that should be a target for terrorism," the New York Sun noted in an editorial Monday. "Nothing short of dropping Christianity and converting to Islam will satisfy the Islamic terrorists...."
Read the whole thing. And, as Joe Louis once famously said, "You can run, but you can't hide."