- The Washington Times - Friday, June 9, 2006

Nobles: The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, for a successful terrorism surveillance program.

The plotters of the foiled attack in Ontario lurked on radical Islamist Internet chat rooms and Web sites, exchanging radical ideas and making plans to wreak havoc. Thankfully for Canadians, the spies were watching. That’s because the CSIS and Canadian lawmakers have comparatively fewer qualms about aggressive electronic surveillance of the bad guys. As the Toronto Star reported, the CSIS has been “monitoring Internet sites and tracing the paths of Canadians believed to have ties to international terrorist organizations.” It had been following this particular cell since 2004.

Had the spy agency not been allowed to watch these sites, disaster might have struck. The radical Islamist terrorists had planned to storm Parliament and behead high officials, detonate truck bombs of ammonium nitrate fertilizer at the Toronto Stock Exchange and bomb the CSIS itself. They had three tons of ammonium nitrate. That’s three times the amount used to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 — a bombing that cost 168 innocents their lives.

The American critics of electronic terrorist surveillance should take a long, hard look at what happened in Canada this week and admit that the Canadians, like the Bush administration, have it right on this question.

For using high technology to foil Islamist evildoers, the Canadian intelligence service is the Noble of the Week.

Knaves: Democratic lawmakers Pete Stark, Jim McDermott and Dennis Kucinich, for sour grapes and dark conspiracies following the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi.

Mr. Stark sees a wag-the-dog moment: “This is just to cover Bush’s [rear] so he doesn’t have to answer” for Iraqi deaths, he told Amy Fagan of The Washington Times. “Iraq is still a mess — get out now.”

Mr. McDermott said that “one person, dead or alive at this point, is hardly significant,” muttering about “White House spin.”

Mr. Kucinich said that Zarqawi was a small part of “a growing anti-American insurgency,” and that we should get out of Iraq now.

Meanwhile, Iraqis were rejoicing in the streets at the demise of the country’s murderer-in-chief. Absent Zarqawi, Iraq’s prospects are unmistakeably brighter.

But it’s all about Bush-bashing for these three partisans. Iraq could turn into Switzerland overnight and they’d still be intoning darkly.

For failing to see the blood on Zarqawi’s hands, the three Bush-bashers are the Knaves of the Week.

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