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What terrorist threats will 2017 bring us?

By Phil Gurski      

Terrorism is not an existential threat. We need to confront it on multiple levels but we cannot give in to narrow policies and laws that undermine our overwhelming strength: the fact that our ways of life and societies are far superior to whatever the terrorists can offer.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured in this file photo in a scrum on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Should we react in unhelpful manners, we essentially hand victory to the extremists, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—I am a glass half full kind of guy, someone who seeks to find the positive in life. I am an optimist tinged with realism. Three decades in intelligence and 15 years in counter terrorism do tend to give one a good look at the less savoury aspects of life on this planet and as a result I cannot be Polyanna-ish about things. But I still do look for the bright spots. Even if there is a lot of negative to deal with.

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What terrorist threats will 2017 bring us?

Terrorism is not an existential threat. We need to confront it on multiple levels but we cannot give in to narrow policies and laws that undermine our overwhelming strength: the fact that our ways of life and societies are far superior to whatever the terrorists can offer.

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