Update – Triumph of Terror

Posted an addendum to ‘Triumph of Terror’ published 4-aug-2013 as a result of the discussion in the press today about the new, broader legislation the Harper government is seeking to implement. More than ever it seems that the real triumph of groups like Al-Qaeda has been to outsource their fight to destroy our societies to the very governments we trust to keep us safe. On both sides of the border the security apparat that has grown up is far more effective in crushing our rights than a couple of planes loaded with explosives could have ever been. As in 1984 we have unending wars in distant places with intractable, ever-shifting enemies for unclear objectives. Meanwhile our cities crumble, disease is starting to spread that we thought was under control, and a decent life becomes illusory for a growing number of our people.