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Jan 18, 2013 0 Comments

The Terrorist Threat Canada Needs to Take Seriously Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: JOSEPH HUMIRE

When Canada pre-emptively expelled Iran’s diplomats from Ottawa and closed its embassy in Tehran last September, some felt this was a hasty move inspired by an overzealous government at best or by pro-Israeli zealots at worst.

As critics will say, there may have been alternative methods for dealing with concern over Iran’s activity in Canada, such as downsizing their presence as opposed to prohibiting it. But perhaps Canadian officials could see the writing on the wall, as they corroborated their own experience with the Islamic Republic to reports of similar subversive activity throughout the Hemisphere.

In the midst of the holiday season, on December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012,” (H.R. 3783) a bill originally sponsored by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) that quietly and smoothly swept through both houses before the end of the legislative session. This Act seeks to initiate a whole-of-government approach to what looks to be an increasing threat to the United States, and by extension to Canada as well.

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