|Canadian Gen. Rick Hillier discusses Canada's new defense policy in Washington, June 1, 2005|
General Rick Hillier, who took up Canada's top military post in February, says an elite commando unit and other troops are going to Afghanistan to intensify the hunt for al-Qaida and Taleban fighters, whom he describes as "despicable murderers."
Prime Minister Martin says the point that General Hillier "is simply making, is [that] we are at war with terrorism and we're not going to let them win."
The Toronto Globe & Mail says Canada may face an increased risk of reprisal attacks as a result of the military's aggressive anti-terrorist campaign. However, the influential Canadian newspaper cheered General Hillier's statements and warned that "hate-filled fanatics" are a threat to every democratic country."