We are a target because of who we are and how we live, our society, our diversity and our values -- values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
It seems indisputable that we are a target because we are fighting in Afghanistan. That doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't be in Afghanistan: in the appropriate cause, we ought to be willing to take risks. But nothing is gained by denying the obvious. When Bush first spoke like this in late 2001, I thought it might just be a tribal yell -- understandable at the time. Later, it clearly became an obstacle to thought. Harper is far less likely to be able to have the silencing effect that Bush originally did.