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Friday, November 12, 2004
The least popular gal at the Star
The Toronto Star's token rational thinker, Rosie DiManno, surely gets herself uninvited from the newsroom's Christmas Party with this stunning passage:
"The latitude routinely extended to columnists — who, let's face it, deal largely in the realm of opinion — shrinks when the subject is Islam or Palestine. Editors huddle and debate the potential repercussions from all possible angles.
I can think of no other constituency that is more respectfully — or hyper-obsequiously — treated. And it doesn't matter how carefully I qualify anything I say, or recount the kindnesses extended to me in Muslim countries (especially Afghanistan, my favourite place on earth) or how often I include all the deferential acknowledgments about Islam — a great religion of peace, its tenets hijacked in recent years by some extremists that commit barbarous acts in its name — it's never enough to satisfy those who accuse others of promoting hatred while never examining the hostile bitterness in their own hearts.
In this paper, commentators can bluntly equate President George W. Bush to Osama bin Laden, Israel be endlessly vilified as a terrorist state, the United States broadly demonized and caricaturized as a superpower gone nuts — and nobody bats an eye. That's all free speech, which I defend without reservation. But the goalposts shift when the subject is Islamist terrorism or the conflict in the Middle East."
Now that's what I call intelligent media analysis. As opposed to, oh, this.
Posted by Kevin Libin on November 12, 2004 | Permalink
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I wonder what Canada and the Europeans are thinking they are accomplishing by catering to the extreme Islamicists?
Posted by: Kathianne | 2004-11-13 5:13:16 AM
Peace and an "evolved" ideal of international relations, based on some devolution of post-war intellectual pacifism, basically. Basically, it's the spectacle of millions of people and the governments of dozens of nations trying to pretend it's 1947, not 2004. In Canada, it's a myth that's supposed to shame critics into silence by mentioning Lester Pearson, the UN, and "peacekeepers, not warmakers".
Posted by: rick mcginnis | 2004-11-13 6:08:24 AM
It's really all quite simple actually. It is not the U.S. or Israel who threatens world peace. It is the extremist who for a thousand reasons uses death and destruction as a falsely presumed method of attaining their goals under equally false pretenses.
Beware said the man, of those who argue for change, for they truly do not want change. The only change they truly desire is for themselves to be driving the cart. Witness the billions Sadam and Arafat had stashed away.
As Canadians with really nothing at stake in the mideast conflict, so far away from all the death and distruction, the appeaser comes out as the one falsely assumed method to avoid being soiled by the death, destruction and sorrow that has yet to be laid on our doorstep.
It is holding out a handfull of meat to a lion, hoping that as long as we continue to give up the meat he will only take the hand and not the arm. We just have make sure we are hiding behind somebody else's hand.
As long as the pain and suffering is someone elses, we will continue to lie, deny, act suprised and show compassion to not "rock the boat' in Canada. Quaking instead in fear we may print something that will incite the Islamic masses to bring death and destruction to our doorstep.
Are we afraid to spit on America or Israel? No. They will not respond to Canadian hatred with bombs or bullets. We do however quake in fear of car bombs and teenage suicide bombers, the product of those chicken necked, cowardly, yellow backed so called leaders (who only want to the ones driving the cart) who murder their way the top behind women and children.
If you are looking for something more complicated in this, you are either live in fear they will come after you or you have avoided the truth because you have not yet been forced to hold out your hand to the lion. It really is all that simple.
Posted by: Lyle Webster | 2004-11-13 8:56:21 AM
>I wonder what Canada and the Europeans are thinking they are accomplishing
Appeasement. The idea is that the aggressors will lose interest in aggression before we rise to the top of their list.
Posted by: lrC | 2004-11-13 11:24:14 AM
"I wonder what Canada and the Europeans are thinking they are accomplishing by catering to the extreme Islamicists?"
It's about getting votes isn't it? I suspect that the difference between the Australian and Canadian PMs' recent speeches is that Paul Martin has a bunch of Islamofascist sympathizers concentrated in a few ridings in Montreal and Toronto, and he's in a very precarious situation in Parliament. Whereas John Howard hasn't, and isn't.
As for Europe - they are already the captives of Arabs, demographically speaking, so it is simply a matter of sensing the wind blowing out of Old Europe and into Eurabia.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-11-13 8:55:57 PM
Those Eurabian winds seem to be blowing this way too. It's no surprise that Quebec would identify with France more than with America, but, sadly, English-speaking Canada seems also to prefer the European approach. So while the demographic tide will swamp Europe if trends don't change, we here seem quite content with cultural relativism even though we are unpressured by any Islamist population surge.
In times of despair, I've found it helps (a little) to remember that even 48% of Americans voted for the "Canadian" approach.
Posted by: surly | 2004-11-13 11:02:26 PM
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