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Thursday, November 22, 2007
My favourite socialist
I disagree with most things Ujjal Dosanjh has to say. The former NDP premier of British Columbia, now Liberal critic for Public Safety, is on the far-left side of his party.
But every time I see Dosanjh, a Sikh himself, speak up against Sikh extremism, as he did again this week, I am deeply impressed. Grateful, actually. In 1985, he was nearly beaten to death for his opposition to Sikh violence, but continues to speak out, despite ongoing threats against him. Too many other politicians, especially non-Sikhs, turn a blind eye to this extremism in their hunt for votes. Here's Terry Milewski's outstanding report on the subject, perhaps the bravest act by a Canadian journalist this year.
I wish that more of Canada's Muslim leaders, including Muslim MPs, would take a similarly courageous stand against violent and extremist segments of their community. As Dosanjh shows, a moderate Sikh can be politically successful in Canada.
Posted by Ezra Levant on November 22, 2007 | Permalink
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You should have seen what author Naomi Wolf has said about the Bush Administration in her latest book.
He's Hitler, pure and simple.
Gee, didn't see that one coming.
Haven't these 'leftists' learned anything? Comparisons to the Nazis just make one look desperate. Oh well, serves them right.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-11-22 11:46:24 AM
Indeed we are still waiting for Muslims here to do the same.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-11-22 12:59:59 PM
Sorry I should have specified Muslim politicians, leaders and organisations.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-11-22 1:01:39 PM
Zeb: Did you see Naomi Wolf on 'The O'Reilly Factor' last night? She came off like a total 'head in the sand' leftist. She wouldn't answer a straight question, just kept returning to her own 'talking points'.
Posted by: Markalta | 2007-11-22 3:52:01 PM
Markalta: I sure did. I could barely watch it.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-11-22 4:28:35 PM
"She wouldn't answer a straight question, just kept returning to her own 'talking points'."
That's straight out of the Clinton playbook.
Posted by: obc | 2007-11-22 4:29:40 PM
obc: it's more likely that she didn't want to be there. Fox News isn't exactly her turf.
If she went to the CBC, then they'd roll out the red carpet, champagne and caviar for her as she emerged from the CBC's own fleet of Rolls-Royce limousine, which picked her up from the best hotel in Toronto. Then they'd soft-ball questions at her as if she wrote them herself.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-11-22 5:10:28 PM
Jaffer should realize that competition clothing rules are there for a reason- usually to protect the people competing.
Posted by: DML | 2007-11-22 11:28:10 PM
The concept under consideration is the difference between Leadership and pandering.
A Sikh who speaks out against Sikh violence risks violence upon himself (and the loss of his electoral ability to accomplish whatever he believes to be right within the scope of his office).
That is Leadership.
Running for and serving in public office is ugly and vile for a normal person (it is mother's milk for a creep).
Leadership takes courage. You all might consider writing the Sikh guy a letter letting him know that even if you disagree with his politics that you admire and support his character and courage.
As I say, serving in political office is ugly and vile (for a good man), surprisingly a little personal letter can be a great encouragement.
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-11-23 7:51:48 AM
Milewski's report basically says that Dion sold out our security for his leadership votes. I am surprised that this made it to air on cbc.They usually spend all thier resources smearing the Conservatives.
Posted by: wallyj | 2007-11-23 8:13:46 PM
" wish that more of Canada's Muslim leaders, including Muslim MPs, would take a similarly courageous stand against violent and extremist segments of their community. As Dosanjh shows, a moderate Sikh can be politically successful in Canada.
Posted by Ezra Levant on November 22, 2007"
I suppose we will have more of an opportunity for success, if we "wish upon a star", Ezra.
On the topic of stars--the Muslim politicians have been trumped by religious dogma on the one hand and islamofacism on the other--as it may appear to some that the penultimate of the religious extremists is violence for their faith--so therefore Muslim politicians risk much more than Sikh politicians--in that behind closed doors conversations can always destroy a Muslim politician--whereas a Sikh politician will come out appearing as one following both his faith and his personal principles. Whereas a Muslim politician may well appear to have a loss of integrity when he speaks out against those who betray Canada, through the expectation of the (death to the infidels/sarcasm) impossition of shariah and their version of holy war, that is simply not the case, and cannot be the case, amongst Sihk politicians.
Because the fundamental principle in the Sikh faith is equality--which holds integrity with the Canadian Charter--whereas Shariah holds all who are not Muslim to be either infidels, dhimmis or satan--none of which can be reconciled with the Charter as it calls for an inclusion of all people--including non-Muslims, as equals.
Canada therefore, under those rules, is persona non-grata, according to the islamofacists.
So, unless Muslim politicians speak out--they risk losing our belief in them--and if they speak out, they risk losing the votes of their own constituents. Fact is, that may not be a problem for the roc--however it is a problem for them and their family members. To the roc--they are either with us--all of us--or against us--all of us. To the rest of the islamofacists, they are either with them and against the rest os us--therefore just like them--and amongst us but not us.
So, although to wish is good, for the Muslim politician to see it through, requires much much more than a wish.
Meanwhile, I'll keep tapping my red shoes together--common Toto, let's get outta here! Might as well wait for an eternity before we will ever get to see a Muslim politician speaking out against Muslim extremism on behalf of all Canadians--including you and me. At least I know I will get to Kansas by tapping my red shoe heals together before that will ever happen.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-25 12:03:27 PM
Thus, do you think it is a waste of time for America to help Iraq develop a minority rights respecting democratic civil government?
I think it is a waste of time to attempt to "fix" the problem of Islam in Canada or in America, while allowing it to run full blast in their ancestral lands (e.g. "Do you have relatives back in Germany?" says the guy in the Nazi uniform).
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-11-25 12:49:20 PM
Conrad--I cannot speak for America--and whatever I might comment here would be meaningless in comparison to what America is endeavouring to do.
I like America and trust she can decide whether she can or cannot do what she has set out to do.
In relation to whether or not it is a waste of time, here, there or anywhere, I suppose that in the end the Muslims will decide as a whole--whether you want to call it democracy or not--and if they try to convert the world, then I will make a stand--the one for freedom.
As for you reference to "Nazi Uniform"--not a chance.
If you have access to one, you have my permission to burn it, and send the ashes, either into space or into Gaza--whichever is easier.
As for fixing--I do believe I laid reference to "islamofacism", that is very specific. It might not be eliminated--but it should be destroyed to the point where it is totally, utterly and entirely subdued into the deepest depths of the margins of gehanne.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-25 10:42:07 PM
Here's that FOX News interview with Naomi Wolf.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-11-26 10:18:57 PM
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