One Day After
Sept 12, today, comes as a huge relief to me. I can, for another year, put the twin towers behind me. I read today that they are building four new towers to replace them, one of which will be the highest building in the USA, with an additional museum and transportation hub.
In Canada we have a misplaced, almost smug, sense of safety, which was shaken last week when the RCMP and CSIS (our spy agency) and Local Police cleaned out (we hope) a terrorist cell whose intention was either the Toronto subway or Canada's Parliament Hill. One of the members of the cell lived on a quiet street in the very same mid-sized city I live in, after becoming a physician in one of Montreal's universities. I read, somewhere, recently, that terrorists consider Canada and the USA to be the same. We aren't the same in so many ways, but with the Canadian government turning what used to be the finest peace-keeping force in the world into battle-seasoned warriors, and all of Canada enjoying the same kind of wealth and consumption as our American friends, we have to expect consequences here.
And even here:
|Welwyn at Little Bluffs, end of July 2010|
Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada