The fear mentioned in today's Tyee article 'As Assaults on Muslims Increase, Canada at a Crossroads' is the fear of 'other' which is part of the widespread human fear of the unknown. We are, fortunately, getting better slowly as a species at overcoming the fear of 'other' through the combined effects of education and the shrinking of our modern world through communications and travel.
We are all cousins, but, as the powerful have long known and exploited, we can be divided by the power hungry few who would use our fears as their wedge. As long as we remain divided our focus will be on some imaginary 'other' not on those who continue to pillage every corner of the earth.
What i fear is that we won't wake up in time.