Understandable anxiety, mm...July 15 2004 at 6:17 AM
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Response to A recap of your views.
Canada is still the hotbed of Islamist terror-organization in NA, and Al Qaeda has sworn vengeance for your country's assistance(meager as it has been), in the War On Terror. No wonder you sense danger.
It's only a matter of time, before weak security, insufficient appeasement, lax immigration standards, and the "right time"(as seen by some AQ dirtbag) for a howdy-do on Canadian soil, combine to create some sort of ugly atrocity. As noted by many analysts in the past, the only reason Canada has been spared so far is because the terrorists are still quite happy with their freedom to operate and raise funds for their cause, with impunity. The overt anti-Americanism of the Liberal government is well-appreciated by Islamist leaders, as well.
Ontario has allowed the formation of Islamic courts, practicing shari'a, despite the frantic protests of many Islamic women who aren't happy about being relegated to the level of property, like goats and sheep. Meanwhile, 5,000 miles away in Iraq, Iraqi women's groups are risking their lives, against death threats from rabid fundamentalists seeking to take advantage of the current state of flux, trying to make sure the new government doesn't revert to this medieval insanity (the institution of Islamic law), which would cost them the rights they've held under Iraq's longtime secular system, especially in such areas as divorce, child support and inheritance(never mind honor-killing and female-circumcision, those small matters). Not that those laws were always upheld during Hussein's reign, but they were on the books, at least.
The following editorial sums up the current problem in a succinct way. Canada doesn't want to confront the Islamist terrorists on her own soil, wants to pretend she isn't involved, and make believe that the US and Israel are mostly to blame for the international rise of Islamist terror. I see it on the CBC news every time I tune in, which is often. Anti-American leftists are entrenched in Canadian politics and the educational system, as well as the media.
I'm wondering how long this situation will prevail. I'm convinced, that once the war is brought home to Canada in a real way, as it has been brought home to the US, Spain(poor Communist fools!) and other countries around the world in gruesome Technicolor, that Canada will realize at long last that the US is her strongest ally and best bet for long-term survival as a country.
Because I feel an attack on Canadian soil is inevitable, the Troll Brothers have accused me of rooting for and lusting for Canadian blood, as if seeing thunderclouds in the sky means you wish for a lightning-strike. I think this is because they have their heads in the sand, or some other dark, sunless place, like many Canadians who haven't had the heart to confront the serious threat of fundamentalist Islam yet.
It's a lot easier, and more fun, to make fun of "fat, stupid Americans," and their crazy cowboy president Bush.
Sat, June 26, 2004
Canadian politics reek of anti-U.S. stench
By Salim Mansur -- For the Toronto Sun
BETWEEN THE federal elections in November, 2000 and June, 2004, there occurred the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Since that fateful morning in 2001, the world, reluctantly but unavoidably, has been engaged in a global war on terror -- a euphemism for a war against a transnational network of Muslim fascists.
This war against the West was conceived and precipitated by Osama bin Laden as the head of al-Qaida, the principal terrorist organization, with its worldwide collection of activists, apologists and sympathizers.
However anyone views this war on terror, its causes and consequences, what remains undeniable is 9/11 has altered the international political landscape for years to come. Moreover, no nation can claim to be entirely neutral in respect to the course of this war and its desired outcome.
In this context, the odd thing about the present federal election campaign, ahead of the June 28 vote, has been the uneasy silence by all parties and their respective leaders on Canada's place and role in the world post-9/11.
This avoidance of discussion invariably affects our conduct at home and abroad, and has strained traditional relations with those allies who matter most to our well-being.
Despite what our political leaders say, Canada has been a haven for international terrorists and a staging area for terrorist attacks on targets beyond our borders.
The relevant question is why we, as Canadians, prefer ostrich-like denial of perils surrounding us and in our midst.
The answer seems to be as shameful as the denial of the post-9/11 reality.
From listening to our leaders, it appears our nationhood precariously rests primarily, if not exclusively, on the correct interpretation of the Canada Health Act and spending requirements of the publicly funded health care system.
If public health care is all there is to our nationalism, then no wonder the Canadian sense of nationhood has become so weak it has to feed upon an anti-Americanism for traction that would shame the generation of John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson.
Issue in 1963
We may recall the Conservative government of Diefenbaker took Canada into an agreement with the United States on common air defence in 1957, but at the time refused to allow American nuclear weapons on Canadian soil. This became an issue in the 1963 election when Pearson agreed to such an arrangement, and was warmly supported by John Kennedy's administration.
In the years since then, under the rule of the Liberal party -- which once belonged to Wilfrid Laurier, Mackenzie King and Pearson -- Canadian politics has been made vulgar by the stench of officially sanctioned anti-Americanism.
The political result is loathsome, as Canada gives the benefit of the doubt to the enemies of freedom and democracy while distancing itself from long-standing friends and neighbours.
In real terms of national and security interests, our refusal as a nation to discuss frankly the most important issue of international politics of our time during a federal election indicates we prefer being surprised by events, rather than being rationally prepared in dealing with undeniable perils when confronted with them.
Salim Mansur is a professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario. His column appears alternate Thursdays.
He can be reached at: email@example.com