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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

As It Happens

Here's a recording of my comments on As It Happens last night, as recorded by Alastair Gordon. What do you think?

Posted by Ezra Levant on February 14, 2006 | Permalink


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bring it to em Ez! the msm need slow, deliberate, and repitious explanations of the truth. you're the man. thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by: Ottawa Core | 2006-02-14 7:23:08 PM

You could tell by her response [lackof] SHE DIDN'T GET IT.

Posted by: Western Canadian | 2006-02-14 7:27:23 PM

Thank you!

I've been scouring google for these "offensive" cartoons. Nearly impossible to find.

I will be buying a copy of this issue of WS, even if it means driving to Calgary to get it.

Every word Ezra says is completely true. Cartoons don't kill people.

Posted by: Michael Lewis | 2006-02-14 7:37:54 PM


You have incited riots in Wisconsin. I hope you are happy now.


Posted by: Plato's Stepchild | 2006-02-14 7:48:43 PM

Where inToronto could I buy this WS issue? My understanding is that Chapters/Indigo won't have it (and I have told them I won't buy from them any more if so) so I would love to purchase it elsewhere.

Posted by: Alan | 2006-02-14 8:04:59 PM

Mr. Levant, I applaud you for publishing the cartoons, as well as standing firm on your right to publish them. It was especially wonderful to hear you turning the tables on the CBC interviewer. You quickly made her argument sound weak & hollow ... as it so clearly was!

On Sunday I had a discussion about these cartoons with a Muslim friend of mine. He claims that if there was a cartoon of Jesus doing improper things with a cow that Fundamentalist Christians in the U.S. would kill the cartoonist. Perhaps, but I somehow doubt it.

Here's what I wrote about you on the CBC:

Posted by: Robert | 2006-02-14 8:05:51 PM

"He claims that if there was a cartoon of Jesus doing improper things with a cow that Fundamentalist Christians in the U.S. would kill the cartoonist"

The animal rights activists would get the cartoonist first.

Posted by: Plato's Stepchild | 2006-02-14 8:11:26 PM

Thanks Ezra --- just listened to the As It Happens CBC clip. Ezra, an excellent job informing the average news listener of what needs to be said, while the run-of-the-mill news (tv, radio, and print) candy-coat and avoid telling us the whole story. The Western Standard does its job very thoroughly and gets to the meat of every issue, exposing all sides: "the whole story" --- very refreshing and informative reading.

A few more comments . . .

Not surprised about the CBC's typical one-sided slant and bias, they do the bare minimum for covering anything --- their coverage is for the new-comers not for the people who built this country generations ago.

Also, listened to your interview this morning on CTV News Net, again an outstanding job explaining what every one needs to hear, and exposing the truth about how a dictatorship-style government in let's say Iran or Syria enforces religion, i.e. getting the police involved, threatening troops abroad, or bombing, burning something or someone vs. our freedom of speech and diversity we have here.

Yet the press (CTV, CBC, Global) are all too glad to publish their threats and side with these people, the latest one today --- our troops will be harmed in Afghanistan because of publishing these cartoons. Well don't the troops already know they are on a dangerous mission, like it's some surprise. They must know they aren't on a field trip.

Posted by: TWestCGY | 2006-02-14 8:17:53 PM

Great job, Ezra. I almost felt sorry for the interviewer. I hope you double your subscriptions.

Posted by: Herman | 2006-02-14 8:40:20 PM

Great interview Ezra! But what the h#%$ is Harper doing?!?

I supported this guy and from way back, thought he would be a great prime minister. It finally came to pass, and he now is acting like the new Mulroney.

Posted by: Mallard | 2006-02-14 9:02:16 PM

Superb, Ezra; CBC has demonstrated the true meaning of yellow journalism...

Posted by: AW | 2006-02-14 9:07:37 PM

What a great interview. For Ezra, that is.

Posted by: EBD | 2006-02-14 9:10:02 PM

You hit all the right notes Ezra. She threw everything she could, and you knocked them out of the park.

I look forward to seeing what all this fuss is about.

Posted by: Norman Lorrain | 2006-02-14 9:25:02 PM

Ezra, kudos on another superb interview. You come off quite well in the video interviews, also in the radio one. : )

If you have another interview, do mention the fact that, ultimately, people do NOT have a right to be not offended. And this applies not just to religious sentiments but also politcal and social ones as well. Indeed one of the defining characteristics of masculinity and maturity is to be able to deal with issues rationally rather than emotionally.

Also, please, do keep repeating the biggest issue here: that freedom of creed and thought also means that one has the freedom to be not muslim. Obviously you are not asking muslims to live by your views, and it only natural to not expect them to force their views upon you.

Posted by: Dishwasher | 2006-02-14 9:28:18 PM

What do I think? I think you are a media-slut extrordinaire. You must just be loving all the attention. "Look at me!!! I'm important!!!"

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-02-14 10:14:05 PM

I've listened to or seen you interviewed on this subject five times now Ezra: I think Canada is fortunate to have you so clearly arguing in favour of the advances civilization has made over the millenia, in opposition to those who would regress us to more authoritarian times.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-02-14 10:19:43 PM

Good work Ezra,

I wonder how much of this MSM phony sensitivity to Islam is based on plain old Anti-Americanism. While they maybe afraid of Islamic violence, they are loathe to potential criticism for being seen as aligned with "the Great Satan".

Posted by: John Chittick | 2006-02-14 10:56:45 PM

Right on, Ezra. Having seen previous examples of Moslems blaming their premeditated violence on seemingly innocuous causes, I've figured that Islamists choreographed this round hoping to impact Western opinion. (I'm thinking of Palestinian Arabs repeatedly blaming their premeditated violence on "causes" - for example the opening of the Western Wall archeological tunnel - that don't reasonably seem appropriate causes.) But maybe I'm wrong and the much-talked-about cartoons are so out-of-hand that I will come to empathize with the violent Muslims. Viewing the cartoons - when my copy of the current WS arrives - should enable me to confirm my view of the alleged cartoon-violence connection or revise it as appropriate.

Posted by: Blog Akimbo | 2006-02-14 11:17:38 PM

One the one hand, since we all know Muslims who are our neighbors and friends, we should be sensitive to their feelings. However, several points about the fundamentalists who are rioting, and have said they won't stop until it becomes a crime in Europe to disrespect Muhammad and Islam:

1. A few years back, it was reported that the Taliban had destroyed Buddhist statues and temples that were hundreds of years old. Why? Because those Buddha statues were "idol worship" and an "insult" to their religion. IE other religions are insuting to theirs, according to the Taliban.

2. When they call for the cartoonists and publishers to be put to death, they are simply articulating what their own Sharia imposes. So, if these cartoons were published in Iran by some upstart with an underground press, certainly that upstart would face death, and everyone in the West would hopefully see that it was the upstart who was being trampled upon.

3. While it may be that the fundamentalists main objection to these cartoons are the prohibition against showing images of the prophet, the media focus has been on the bomb-in-turban element. This is a satire of an interpretation if Islam. If it is a crime to criticize an interpretation of a religious doctrine (as it was in pre-enlightenment Europe vis-a-viz the Christian Church), there can be no social progress. The fundamentalist attempts to surpress criticism (be it for reasons of Sharia or by appealing to Western priciples of tolerance) is part of the reason that the Muslim world falls behind the rest of the world on equality for women, respect for minorities in their own countries etc.. The western media is empowering that. Shame on them.

Posted by: Phat Kat | 2006-02-15 6:34:52 AM

Islam depends on violence and fear to survive and spread. A wife who disobeys must be physically punished. A muslim who converts to another religion must be killed. These are in the Koran. And disrespect for Mohammed is punishable by death. It is a waste of time engaging Muslims in debate when loyalty to their cause overshadows any preference for the truth or other points of view. Why must we tolerate them, when they are the most intolerant of all religions? I moved to the Middle East expecting to find Islam like other religions, simply a conviction and a tolerant lifestyle. The longer I lived there the more I saw of intolerance, anger, and violence against everyone who was not like them. Indians, Filipinos, and Chinese workers were cheated, killed, abused and treated like dirt. Muslims who converted to other religions were murdered. Jews were the ultimate objects of hate even though most Arabs had never even met one. Imans preached every Friday with angry sermons about the West. But the muslim Arabs kept telling me how tolerant their religion was!

Posted by: Jim Anderson | 2006-02-15 7:56:16 AM

hardworking expat canadians who left trudeaupia for better opportunities abroad, rejoice in the intellectual energy coming from alberta. if only it was its own country, i might actually consider leaving the US for its snowy pastures.

quick, how do i subscribe to the magazine?

Posted by: dogstogo | 2006-02-15 8:09:12 AM

I didn't listen to it. Ezra's burblings are dreary enough at the best of times...when there isn't the added entertainment value of watching his juvenile facial expressions that video provides, what in God's name would be the point?

...oops. Did I say that out loud? Never mind. Great interview Ezra!!!!1! I want to echo the maudlin high-fiving here and add...my wife is so excited she wants to bear your children!

Posted by: Ti-Guy | 2006-02-15 8:53:27 AM

Somebody "doesn't get it" all right. Mr. Levant keeps bleating that he was amazed at how non-offensive the cartoons were. That's because the ones seen in the Middle east include several depicting bestiality and pedophillia and one of the Prophet with a pig's snout. Those are the ones inciting riots and burnings.

Mr. Levant is betraying his ignorance of the situation even as he rushes in to exacerbate it.

Posted by: James Cross | 2006-02-15 9:13:29 AM

It's wonderful to see how you "I-mutter-racist-sentiments-continuously-under-my-breath-because-I'm-too-afraid-to-say-them-out-loud types" have finally got an authentic bona-fide Canadian racist to circle your wagons around. Doesn't it feel good?

All the usual suspects - all together - all 23 of you! No need to feel left out and marginalized any longer. You have found a place to congregate right here in Canada.

As for you, Mr. Levant – you have been excoriated by our “Beloved Leader”, the Prime Minister, (no matter how you spin it, his comments were NOT supportive), by many conservative bloggers as well as almost all the progressive ones, by serving respected members of the military, (who write better than you do, incidentally), and almost every citizen that I have discussed this issue with.

The emperor has no clothes.

But, hey, keep spinning – its fun to watch your mud fly.

Posted by: arthurdecco | 2006-02-15 9:19:03 AM

Thanks to Plato's Stepchild for the delightful link to iowahawk. For all of those who are overly agitated by this particular tempest in a teapot, and I do mean those who choose to be vigilant about our hard-won freedoms, as well as the appeasers, and apologists for terrorists, lighten up a bit, and enjoy a good chuckle by following the link to a fine satirical rendering of the maunderings of "modern" islam.
Peace and brotherhood anyone?
Tolerance and goodwill towards men?
I think not!
P.S. Good interview on the part of Mr. Levant, although it's not too difficult to come off as an intelligent, articulate interview given that the CBC, with it's billion dollar a year taxpayer theft(at last count), has to be A True Canadian, and hire, as well as perform, to the lowest common denominator, lest even one person feel challenged or traumatized!

Posted by: RJ | 2006-02-15 10:13:07 AM

You stated the obvious. And it was brilliant.

Thank you on behalf of all Canadians.

Posted by: Dave | 2006-02-15 12:06:10 PM

Ezra - I saw you on the CBC and on CTV and followed the two links to audio here. I must say, the AIH interview was your best performance. You exhibit clear, critical and logical thinking patterns rarely seen (especially among the media) these days and express yourself very well. I am proud to be a subscriber and proud to drive on the same free streets as you do.

Well done, sir!

Posted by: Bruce Fraser | 2006-02-15 12:48:09 PM

Great interview Ezra. Keep up the outstanding work.

Posted by: JR | 2006-02-15 3:23:38 PM

James Cross: "That's because the ones seen in the Middle east include several depicting bestiality and pedophillia and one of the Prophet with a pig's snout."

You do know that those were fake cartoons, added in by a Danish imam to get things stirred up, don't you? He was offended that Danish Muslims weren't offended enough, so he "enhanced" the collection he took on his road show to the ME. The pig snout was a real photo taken of a Frenchman at a pig-calling contest last August and doctored by the good imam. AFAIK, the cartoons/photos you're referring to aren't in the WS because everyone, except you, knows they're fake.

Posted by: Kathryn | 2006-02-15 5:27:54 PM

arthurdecco, please explain how criticism of religious belief is racism.

Posted by: Kathryn | 2006-02-15 5:31:31 PM


I thought you did a nice job of describing your position with the message that it is time that the west and the MSM stopped giving Islam a bye on every issue in the name of tolerance. Good point also about fear ruling the consciences of publishers of other publications. I think your position that the WS editorial board made the decision to publish the cartoons because it was a news item was well made. I would infer from the interviewer's questions that the CBC makes their decisions regarding airing news stories based on other factors (although, what those factors are, I couldn't say - fear of potential physical harm, fear of losing listeners? I'd guess it isn't the search for facts, regardless of potential recriminations).

I have been waivering on this issue because I wish there could be greater respect for the beliefs of all, but perhaps this is not currently a possibility. Some Islamic leaders and followers are demanding deference that we cannot give.

Posted by: mgw | 2006-02-16 10:53:11 AM

I acknowledge your courage and willingness to speak your truth and the truth of many many people. Keep strong and continue to speak your truth.

Posted by: J Sept | 2006-02-16 5:31:22 PM

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