However, in Friday's National Post, Adam Radwanski countered that while we shouldn't be looking over our shoulders for terrorists to spring out from the bushes, this type of in-your-face nose-thumbing isn't helpful either. He advises that we should simply laugh it off and go about our business. What Kinsella is doing, according to Radwanski, invites too much attention to the matter and feeds the collective ego of the enemy:
"The talk-radio lines and letters pages have been filled with plenty of hand-wringing. Someone apparently felt the need last weekend to break some windows at a mosque. But the sense one gets is that most Torontonians -- at least the ones who live and work downtown, where any terror strike would likely hit -- have modified their behaviour not one iota in the past week.
This is not the reaction we're supposed to be having. From the outset, the message from the media has been that we've been jolted out of our innocence. That life will never be the same. That it's time to be afraid -- very afraid..."
"Personally, I'd say giggling mockingly is just about the best thing ordinary civilians can do. Not because it's funny, of course, that a bunch of young men who grew up in Canada want to kill Canadians. But because giggling is the last thing in the world that those young men would want..."
"...The police, intelligence agents and others who need to spend most of their time worrying about terrorism seem to be on the ball.
As for the rest of us, even the well-intentioned effort to get Torontonians to wear We Are Not Afraid T-shirts -- what Bill Carroll was complaining about -- is too much attention for these guys. Better just to giggle at them."
Today's National Post included this letter to the editor from Alex Mills of Winnipeg:
Re: Be Not Afraid. Be Very Not Afraid, Adam Radwanski, June 9.
I tend to agree with Mr. Radwanski's idea that we should continue on with our normal activities and not give these terrorist thugs the satisfaction of thinking they are disrupting our lives.
But I do not agree "that our pluralistic live-and-let-live spirit is exactly what the jihadis hate most," but rather that is what they take advantage of most...
Only fools would say they are not afraid in these times. Let us go about our everyday lives but at the same time be very, very vigilant. It is time we Canadians took the war on terrorism at home more seriously.
So who is right? What approach is the best? I'm conflicted on this one.
Thoughts? Maybe we should be asking Dr. Phil again.