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Mumbai: An Assault on Us All
From the CBC ? The National
Rex Murphy - Point of View
November 27, 2008

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Most of the Western world, certainly here in North America, people are absorbed - understandably so - by the financial crisis. Deep as that is, one crisis is not an embargo on all others. Horrible consideration must be given that the malignant forces of terrorism have used the financial crisis as a backdrop and an amplifier, for yet another.

Yesterday's full scale terror assault on the financial capital of the world's most populous democracy is an awful warning that however far out we are from September 11, 2001, the world is not done with terrorism.

I think it has been very appropriately said that this is India's 9-11, a direct assault on its stability, on the security of its citizens, on its financial capacity. We may perhaps, even at our great distance from the actual event, understand the great wave of shock and misery coursing through Mumbai, and all of India. Citizens killed and injured, their city violated and thrown into near chaos; explosions, gunfire, their historic buildings occupied, some in flames, their city in the amazed eyes of the world. Remembering the awful days of aftershock here in North America 7 years ago will give us a very feeling window on what the citizens of India must be going through today.

Terrorism isn't dead, nor are we here in North America exempt from its operation, because - at least since 2001 - there has not been another episode directly on our doorstep. But remember, there have been bombings in Bali, in Madrid, in London, and there have been multiple murderous close calls besides, some that we know about, and some that we do not.

Yesterday's outrage in India is, actually, in one sense, very much on our doorstep. Not just because some Canadians, unfortunately, are caught up in the chaos. Rather because, as the ongoing financial crisis has already made very clear, the modern world is very much one place. Instability in one country can start an avalanche of instability in many. The grief and fear in India today thickens the atmosphere of all the democracies; and even here in 'tranquil' Canada, the assault on a sister open society has instant repercussions. It affects us directly too.

It is also on our doorstep, because it deepens that atmosphere of anxiety that is both the fuel and root of the financial crisis and the general malaise of this moment. Anything that heightens anxiety, destabilizes, spreads confusion or uncertainty, eats away at confidence and trust. The bombings and assaults in India were intended to intensify our sense of disorder, to layer one set of anxieties with another, and compound them both. Mumbai was the immediate and primary target: the confidence of nations, the secondary one.

We know terrorists have unbounded ruthlessness; they are cold and vicious. A hundred dead, or a thousand maimed for life, is as nothing to these assassins. Suffering is their coin. We should not see what happened yesterday in India - what is happening - as something in a distant country, but as a chilling and depraved assault on on what all decent people share in common. Terrorism is the murder of innocents as a tactic in the service of fanaticism. It is the anti-politics of our time. It is a threat to us all. The blast was in Mumbai, but its vibrations are meant for every civilized city of the planet.

There is no Canadian city, major or minor, that doesn't have a connection to Mumbai, in the form of Canadian citizens with friends, relatives or family in that city. This is one of the truths of our multiculturalism. It is merely right therefore that we give our thoughts to their particular plight -and offer - to these, our fellow citizens - our alert and full sympathy.

For the National, I'm Rex Murphy.
Posted by The National on November 27, 2008 03:42 PM


To Save The Economy, Feds Need To Close Door To Immigrants
Posted By RICHARD ROHMER, O. C., Q. C.

Notwithstanding yesterday's attempt by Jim Flaherty, the federal Minister of Finance, to paint an optimistic picture for Canada's economic and fiscal condition, he misses/ignores a major factor that negatively impacts the Canadian economy.

That negative factor is the federal government's "wide open" immigration policy.

Wide open? Try letting in some 300,000 new immigrants each year while attempting to increase that number. The waiting line is said to be in the one-million range. Where will those immigrants end up when they arrive? Mainly to the Greater Toronto Area and to a handful of cities across Canada.

In Ontario it's like dropping a city the size of Kitchener's population right out of the blue sky (all by air) on top of a heavily-populated area that is already overstretched for hospital care facilities, basic educational services and is seeing jobs disappearing by the carload.

The agony that the U. S. auto industry is suffering is having-- and will have--disastrous employment consequences particularly in Ontario with GM, Ford and Chrysler plants from Oshawa to Oakville to Windsor facing bankruptcy and shut downs. We're talking of tens of thousands of jobs at risk. Plus those in the auto parts manufacturing such as the great Magna International based in Aurora with units across Ontario and Canada and Europe.

Add to those potential huge job loss numbers the 3,500 car dealers who employ some 140,000 people across Canada with roughly half of those in Ontario. If the U. S./Canada automobile industry shuts down, the job impact in this country will be devastating. Then there are other sectors that will be at prejudice. Try the housing industry, which is the other main production leg of Canada's economy. If you let in 300,000 immigrants each year, where will they find accommodation let alone jobs?

The Government of Canada appears to be absolutely blind to the fact that a reversal of economic/ employment good times requires a dramatic reversal of its long-standing and entrenched wide-open immigration policies.

What is urgently needed is a complete immigration policy review that reflects the reality of a Recession-- which is what the U. S./ Canada joint economy is clearly into. Parallel to that urgent review, the Government should declare an immediate Moratorium on Immigration.

Generally speaking, the immigration factor is not on this government's radar screen. But what is on it? The potential for deficits and the probability of deficits can only be increased by allowing hundreds of thousands of immigrants into a nation without jobs.

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