When fear triumphs over rationality: Harper’s new anti-terror legislation | rabble.ca

Posted: February 14, 2015 in Canadian Politics, Democracy

…  In a speech he recently delivered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the prime minister stirred the spoon of fear in the cauldron of politics with a misleading dose of confusion, the whole wrapped in irrational reasoning to give birth to the following explosive statement:

“A great evil has been descending upon our world, an evil which has been growing more and more powerful: violent jihadism.”

“Violent jihadism is not just a danger somewhere else, it seeks to harm us here in Canada — in our cities and in our neighbourhoods, through horrific acts, like deliberately driving a car at a defenceless man or shooting a soldier in the back as he stands on guard at a War Memorial.”

“Canadians are targeted by these terrorists for no other reason than that we are Canadians. They want to harm us because they hate our society and the values it represents.”

“Violent jihadism is not a human right, it is an act of war, and our government’s new legislation fully understands that difference.”

After reading these words, I had a hard time believing that they were uttered by a politician with a master’s degree in economics, presumably familiar with rationality. Evil? Descending? Hate? What is missing in the speech: heaven or maybe hell!

So what to do with this sort of paranoia or religious fever “descending” upon us? In a democratic and free society like ours, we have multiple choices: we can simply ignore these statements, embrace them and even defend them, or disagree with them and denounce them. I, for one, choose the last option and my scientific mind comes to my rescue. So instead of succumbing to fear, I resort to rationality in order to explore whether there is any truth in these words…

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