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The Taliban recently sent an open letter to "the Canadian people," threatening to kill more aid workers and target Canadians unless Ottawa pulls out of Afghanistan.

Stephen Harper's government called this "a propaganda exercise."

I'm not sure which of the two is more worrying -- the Taliban threat or the Canadian government's inability to see a looming crisis until it's too late. It's as though we haven't learned anything from New York, Madrid and London.

If and when a disaster hits, there will be the usual rallying cry of Where are the moderate Muslim voices?

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