Wake-up call

Imagine being afraid to enjoy “Wing Night” at the Rendez-Vous in case a suicide bomber is lurking in the crowd. Or heading to Pither’s Point Park to cool off on a hot, sunny day worried that someone may have buried an explosive device along the beach.
Or even walking down Scott Street out of fear a car bomb will suddenly explode beside you.
Yet this is the very kind of life so many people in parts of Europe and the Middle East have had to endure on an almost daily basis for the past 35 years or so. A cold reality that resonated so graphically with the bombings of the three London “tube” trains and a double-decker bus during the height of rush hour last Thursday morning.
Canadians do not have the experience of living with terrorism. We have been spared the terrible attacks that hit New York City and Washington, D.C., a resort in Bali, trains in Madrid, Spain, and now London.
But don’t think for a moment that it could not happen here. It most definitely can—and probably will.
So does that mean we should quit going to “Wing Night” or Pither’s Point, or stop shopping on Scott Street. Of course not. What Canadians must do, however, is shake off our complacency over just how serious a threat our country faces.
We are at war, after all.
The tightest security can never prevent every attack, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant—and prepared for the worst. Most important, though, we have to be ready to carry on with our own lives no matter how hard terrorists try to disrupt them.

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