Tuesday, April 25, 2006

THANK YOU NEWFOUNDLAND!



Michael Ryder scored 2:32 into the second overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.


(Source: TSN)

On another note, I'm sorry about the light blogging of late. Work has been crazy, going through a little bit of a writer's bloc (12 hours stuck in cubicle will do that to you) and I've been completely sidetracked by the NHL playoffs. I haven't even so much looked at the front page headlines of the newspapers for the past few days, I just go straight to the sports section. Hopefully things will wind down a bit on Friday Night.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Suicide Bombing in Israel: The Aftermath.

Every newly elected government has its bumps and bruises at the beginning of the road, but in the case of the new Hamas government, the post-election jinx have really taken a huge financial and political black eye, and following yesterday's suicide bombing, things aren't looking up for Palestine's Taliban.

First off, the LA Times:

THE HORROR OF MONDAY'S SUICIDE bombing in Tel Aviv, which killed the bomber and nine other people and wounded scores more, presented Hamas with an opportunity to break from its history as a supporter of terrorism. Instead, a spokesman for Hamas, which formed a Palestinian parliamentary government last month, described the attack carried out by another group, Islamic Jihad, as an act of self-defense.
If there was any lingering doubt that the U.S. and Europe were right to ostracize the Hamas government and cut off economic aid, it has been dramatically dispelled. It remains part of the problem, not part of any Arab-Israeli solution.


(H.T. Captain's Quarters)

If this is the opinion of a liberal editorial board like the LA Times, you can only imagine how the conservative press is treating this.

But Hamas' nature and arrogance has not only united its opposition in the US, but around the world as well. First it was Israel, then Canada, the US, the EU and now Japan:

Japan, which has given $840m (£474m) to the PA since 1993, said it wanted to see Hamas adopt a more peaceful policy, but did not expressly link its decision to the Tel Aviv attack.


You think this might serve as a wake-up call to the people in the Middle East that electing fundamentalist neo-fascists to government only brings about International isolation and economic strangulation? I sure as hell hope so. In truth, the Palestinian people cannot blame these hard times on anyone but the voters themselves who gave Hamas the power they always wanted.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Suicide Bombing in Israel

Just another day in the middle east. Terrorist bombing in Israel, Islamists play victimization card, Arab states play stupid, Israel to retaliate.

Wanna know just how deep the stupidity of wankers like this is ingrained in their skull? Most of these falafel snack bars in Israel are run by Arab-Israelis. The one group in Israel where some sympathy is for the Palestinian people remains.

No to Evangelical Christians, yes to Sharia?

Canadians are becoming increasingly uneasy about mixing religion and politics and they'd be more likely to vote for a party lead by an atheist or a Muslim than an evangelical Christian, suggests a new poll.


Source

Wow! So much for Mr. Syed's paranoid illusions about increased "Islamophobia" in Canada hein?

This part I found funny:

Mr. Grenville said he believes there's been a bit of a backlash against the divisive political debate in the last couple of years over same-sex marriage.

"To me it suggests a growing divide in Canadian culture where religion can become that wedge that pushes people apart," he said.


Main irony here? Muslims for the most part don't believe in the so-called seperation of Church and State. And the way which many muslims view the matter of same-sex marriage would even make the likes of Jerry Falwell and Hal Lindsey blush.

Is Islamaphobia a problem in Canada?

Every once in a while, you will always have people coming out of the woods playing the victimization card in hopes of raising a subject that's close to their core beliefs and values. One of the best tools to grab the headlines and attention of the general population is to raise the flag of racial or religious intolerance. Nothing makes the Western World rip its shirt in anger more than outright religious or ethnic intolerance practiced within its own borders (as it should, no respectful society should have to put up with injustice and inequality targeted at a specific group). But unfortunately, from time to time, the person whose raising the alarm over a so-called injustice usually exaggerates the situation and blows it out of proportion to make it seem that the problem is worse than it really is.

Enter Imran Syed, who wrote a editorial a few weeks ago in the Toronto Star warning about "Faint signs of Islamophobia" in Canada. What is Mr. Syed basing his fears of "Islamophobia" on? A trip to a department store where this event occurred:

A few days ago while entering a big-box store, I encountered what I thought was "Islamophobia."

The man in front of me was dressed in flowing robes, had a beard and was wearing a prayer cap. Accompanying him was a woman who was also wearing a flowing black robe that covered her entire person except for her eyes.

I had to show my membership card to a young woman who barely noticed I was there because she was engrossed in conversation with her colleague regarding the odd-looking couple that had just passed by: "Can you believe that? Why does she wear that? Because she's Mus-lum and she has to wear that."

As discreet as the two young women were trying to be, I could see the level of discomfort in their eyes and body language. They were right, the people who had just entered were, in fact, Muslim.


But that right there doesn't exactly convince me that the conversation had something of discomfort with Muslims in general. From what I can tell, the only thing the girls were uneasy about was the choice of clothing, and how it relates to that women's religion. And considering the circumstances: situated in a western, liberal society like Canada, where short skirts and tank tops pass of as the norm nowadays, a women covered from head to toe showing nothing but her eyes does indeed result in a bit of a culture shock for people who have lived almost their entire lives here.

Its not something they see everyday, and considering that high volume Muslim immigration into Canada is only a somewhat recent phenomenon (10-15 years), you can expect some level of culture shock to be in place among Canadians before they eventually accept sightings like this as a norm into their daily lives. It should be stated that culture shock to the choice of clothing isn't limited to the Muslim community alone, I've heard similar stories when it comes to Sikh men and their Turbans, Hindu women, and even Africans.

But as history as shown, whether it be Chinese, Italian or Eastern European immigrants, Canadian society eventually evolves and accepts the differences among its ethnic groups. But not without going through a period of awkwardness and culture shock at first. So this experience, while I wouldn't call it "normal", is not uncommon within the context.

Syed's second scenario is even less convincing of a signal of "Islamophobia".

While I was in the electronics aisle, the same couple walked by. Another shopper who was walking by with her son in the opposite direction quickly grabbed her son's arm and pulled him closer to her. That was odd, I thought, but this must be a protective mother who always keeps an eye on her son.


One has to wonder just how clueless Mr. Syed is of behavior of ordinary parents. A parent who grabs their child's arm and pulling the kid close to them while a stranger is walking in the opposite direction
is almost a reflex motion to all parents. Whether this happens in a department store, a shopping mall, the street, the park, a restaurant, anywhere. Parents are always protective of their kids (especially the young ones) in all public spaces, and it doesn't matter if the stranger walking on the opposite side is Muslim, Jewish or Buddhist. To use Syed's strange reasoning of the observation, if a old lady who pulls her purse closer to her chest whenever she gets passed an Anglo-Saxon teenager (which occurs almost every second in day light), the old lady has some reservation about the Caucasian race!

Now this is not to say that there isn't a "negative vibe" surrounding Muslims in Canada, I believe a certain tension between the Muslim Community and the rest of Canada does exist. But Syed's two examples are noting but paranoid and in a way, delusional.

And from there, Syed completely misses the point on why such a "negative vibe" exists in the first place.

The recent global uproar (albeit disproportionate) with respect to the Danish cartoons, the ongoing fiasco in Iraq and the "global war on terror" have many Canadians taking a jaundiced view of Islam and Muslims. The common thread in each of these global events is the lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims.



Now who do you think is to blame for that?! Could it be because Muslim groups in Canada have done a piss poor job of condemning the actions of the Islamists back in their homelands?, and at worse go on intimidating journalists and politicians who dare call suicide bombers for what they are as "racist" and "Islamophobic"? Could it be because the leaders of the organizations claiming to speak on behalf of the community have made shocking and derogatory remarks about Israelis and Jews? Could it be because of the terrorists who are fighting Canadian troops in Afghanistan as we speak are doing it in the name of Islam and what they perceive to be the ticket to paradise?

And most importantly, isn't it because the Muslim Canadian organizations are trying to muzzle any open debate discussing the connections between the Islamic texts and terrorism rather than taking part of these debates and convince the majority of Canadians that Muslims in this country can indeed live in a democratic society peacefully with those that have opinions that are different to theirs and in some occasions, hold opinions that would be heresy to their religious belief.

Running around yelling "Islamophobia" and "Racism" to shut off the critics of Islam not only re-enforces the conviction of those who hold these anti-Muslim views, but also convinces many Canadians that our community is at odds with theirs when it comes to free speech and suitable discussions in a democratic society. It is this, and not the chaos in the Middle East that's driving tensions between Muslim and Non-Muslim Canadians to new heights every day.

The sooner people like Imran Syed realize that, and begin to forcibly attack the cancerous fundamentalist ideology that exists in the Muslim world ins instead of focusing their efforts on Canadian journalists, academics and politicians, the sooner the this "Islamophobia" disappears.

Its quite ironic that its articles like this by the like of Syed, is what drives up the very thing they denounce every day.

All in all I think the vast majority of Canadians have no personal problems with their Muslim countrymen. But as long as events like this and this are done in the name of Islam, and the Muslim Canadian organization does nothing to flush it out of their belie ,that awkwardness Syed feels, will only grow.


FOR THE RECORD: I have never in any way shape or form experienced discrimination based on my religious beliefs in my entire 13 years as a Canadian citizen. Canadians in general, never go looking for trouble among its own people, and try to raise hell just for the sake of raising hell.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Not everyone's having a good Easter weekend.

Especially not in Egypt


Police said they had arrested three men in the attacks in the northern Mediterranean city.


One
was said to have attacked two churches; one assaulted a third church;
and the other was arrested during a foiled attack on a fourth church

One worshipper was killed and at least two others were in serious condition after the attacks, the official said.


Initial
police reports said a total of 17 people were injured: 10 at the Saints
Church in downtown Alexandria and three at the nearby Mar Girgis
Church. Four worshippers were wounded at a church in Abu Qir, a few
miles to the east.

Police said a fourth attack was foiled by an officer guarding another church in Egypt's second-largest city.


Just one drop in the huge bucket of crap that's wrong with the Middle Eastern society. I wish I can tell you incidents like this are isolated and rare. But unfortunately, its all too common when it comes to the practice of religious tolerance in throughout the Middle East. Arab Christians have always been viewed as outsiders in their respective societies. Even though they have lived in the same lands for generations (in some areas, longer than the Muslim population) as their Muslim countrymen, they were always viewed as second-class citizens based on many obscure reasons. Suspicion that they're collaborative with Western Governments, anger of their resistance to Supreme Islamic power (Shria Law for example) and the old classical reasoning of not being from the same religion as the majority of the population. The only thing you have to know here, is that the vast majority of Muslim in the Middle East see these people as outsiders. Outsiders who should be subjected to certain restrictions for the simple sin of not being born a Muslim.

The Egyptian Bloggers, (bless them) unsurprisingly, are not convinced by the Egyptian government's statement on the manner:

Freedom for Egyptians:

Egyptian TV reporterd that the Governor of Alexandria said one of the attackers was an ex-police officer who is mentally disturbed. This is so repulsive. The government of Egypt is the government of excuses. Any incident that happens in Egypt and denied any logical or objective explanation is blamed on mentally-disturbed people...


The Big Pharaoh

And of course, as they always said when similar incidents happened, the officials are saying the attackers are "insane". It seems we have too many insanes here.



The Sandmonkey digs a little deeper:

Ok, there is something extremely fishy here. The Official story from the police says that the guy who attacked the two churches is mentaly unstable- like they always say when such an attack happens- but that was until the second and third guy were arrested and the thrid and fourth attacks were carried through. The fishy part is in regard to the church security. Chruches in Egypt are always protected by the police. There is always a police car and at least 4-5 policemen protecting it. Are you trying to tell me that this mentally unstable guy managed to go in the first church and attacked 11 people by his lonesome, and then managed to get out without being attacked by the security outside, and then managed to go inside a second church and attack 3 more people? All of those people and 2 infiltration, done by one guy holding a knife? Are you kidding me? I am supposed to believe this?


All you need to do now, is compare the reaction to this slaughter at the hands of Muslims against their own fellow countrymen, to that of the daily violence in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan, where the killing is supposedly done by Western Troops. That difference right there, is all you need to know about the current moral compass used by the majority of population in the region and the manner in which Christians are viewed as.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

This is what the Lefties were comparing to Auschwitz?!

Just read this and laugh/weep at the drooling idiots who are still screaming bloody murder of the "concentration camp-like" conditions over at Guantanamo Bay:

Asadullah strives to make his point, switching to English lest there be any mistaking him. "I am lucky I went there, and now I miss it. Cuba was great," said the 14-year-old, knotting his brow in the effort to make sure he is understood.
Not that Asadullah saw much of the Caribbean island. During his 14-month stay, he went to the beach only a couple of times - a shame, as he loved to snorkel. And though he learned a few words of Spanish, Asadullah had zero contact with the locals.



He spent a typical day watching movies, going to class and playing football. He was fascinated to learn about the solar system, and now enjoys reciting the names of the planets, starting with Earth. Less diverting were the twice-monthly interrogations about his knowledge of al-Qaida and the Taliban. But, as Asadullah's answer was always the same - "I don't know anything about these people" - these sessions were merely a bore: an inevitably tedious consequence, Asadullah suggests with a shrug, of being held captive in Guantanamo Bay.


Movies, school, football, warm weather, beach atmosphere, jesus freaking Christ, throw in some women and you've got paradise...oh wait! They have those too!

It goes on:
On January 29, Asadullah and two other juvenile prisoners were returned home to Afghanistan. The three boys are not sure of their ages. But, according to the estimate of the Red Cross, Asadullah is the youngest, aged 12 at the time of his arrest. The second youngest, Naqibullah, was arrested with him, aged perhaps 13, while the third boy, Mohammed Ismail, was a child at the time of his separate arrest, but probably isn't now.

Tracked down to his remote village in south-eastern Afghanistan, Naqibullah has memories of Guantanamo that are almost identical to Asadullah's. Prison life was good, he said shyly, nervous to be receiving a foreigner to his family's mud-fortress home.

The food in the camp was delicious, the teaching was excellent, and his warders were kind. "Americans are good people, they were always friendly, I don't have anything against them," he said. "If my father didn't need me, I would want to live in America."

Asadullah is even more sure of this. "Americans are great people, better than anyone else," he said, when found at his elder brother's tiny fruit and nut shop in a muddy backstreet of Kabul. "Americans are polite and friendly when you speak to them. They are not rude like Afghans. If I could be anywhere, I would be in America. I would like to be a doctor, an engineer _ or an American soldier."



Everything and anything about the horror stories about Gitmo are now a joke, let's no take any of those complaints seriously again. For the love of god, they're interviewing those boy in Afghanistan away from the so-called American captors.



I now consider this whole brouhaha about Gitmo to be closed, sealed and shut.

H/T

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Interesting Seating arrangements:

Take a look at the seating arrangements of the new Parliament and quite a few thoughts pop into mind:
(Thanks BBS)

Some of the blocks in which the CPC MP's are paired is quite ironic, if not remarkable. A few thought that spring to mind:

The Red Tory Bench: To Harper's left, you have Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affaires) and Jim Prentice (Minister of Indian and Northern Development affaires). Should make quite an interesting pair, as both have squared of against each other in the 2003 PC leadership debate. And one thing I have always taken note from leadership races is that the bruises that the candidates sustain and cause never really heal, not even with time.

Think about it: Harper Vs. Stronach. Martin Vs. Chretien. Boisclair Vs. Marois. Jim Flaherty Vs. Ernie Eves. Not exactly prime examples of forgive and forget. (For the record, I admire both these men, and would have no problem supporting either for a future leadership of the party).

Founding Fathers of a certain revolution: To Harper's right you have Tony Clement and Jim Flaherty. Both very instrumental in the famed Common Sense Revolution that swept Ontario in the mid 90's. Which is great for both of them. Can spend the boring hours of question period, point of orders and formalities reminiscing about the good old days in Mike's cabinet.

The BrokeBack Mountain bench : Chuck Strahl and Monte Solberg. Two of the most beloved guys in the party. But sheesh, they're already roommates. So now the first person they see in the mourning is each other, spend most of the working day side by side, have dinner with each other and finally are the last person they see before they go to bed. I mean...throw in a couple of horses and some cowboy hats and.......Ha! I'm just teasing. You rule Monte! P.S. I freakin miss your blog posts!

The Bible Belt Bench: Vic Toews and Stockwell Day. I don't really expect much disagreements to take place between these in their own chit-chats. (Again for the record, I have no ill feelings for either men, especially Day, since he managed to take a sharpside turn for the better since he stepped down as leader of the Canadian Alliance.).

The Quebec Bench: Blackburn and Vernier side by side. Makes sense considering the close proximity of their cabinet files. Francophonie and Ag. of Economic development for Quebec).

The Future Prime Ministers Bench. Maxime Bernier and John Baird. This is one bench the opposition should keep within eyesight as both these men will play a significant role in the future of the party, that I can guarantee you. One interesting bit about this, Bernier is older than Baird, yet Baird is the one with far more government and political experience as a whole.

Women of talent bench: Diane Finley and Rona Ambrose. Two women whom Ken Dryden should certainly ignore unless he wants to get a good smackdown.

The odd couple bench: Get this! An Quebec urban, socially liberal, French almost unilingual Conservative MP (Sylvie Boucher from Beauport—Limoilou) sitting right next to An Alberta rural, social conservative, Anglo unilingual MP Jean (from Fort Mcmurray-Athabasca). Needless to say I expect this will be the only section in parliament to be quiet.

Other observations:

-Rahim Jaffer is a little too far in the back in my opinion. So is Laurie Hawn.
-I'm very happy to see James Moore sitting in the front benches. Plus, since Fortier is unable to be the house of commons, Moore's role as his parliamentary secretary will really be an opportunity for him to shine and skyrocket his way through the upper ranks of the party.
-Notice how most of the So Cons and mavericks tend to be in the corners or waaaaayyy back behind the cabinet.
-Its a little sad to see some Veteran MP's stuck in the back. Especially considering many rookie MP's are practically so close to the PM they can almost just reach out and touch him.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Zarqawi steps down as Insurgency leader

I don't know if this is real or satire:

Jordanian al-Qaeda militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been forced to step down as leader of a coalition of Iraqi militants, a leading Islamist claims.
Huthaifa Azzam, whose father was a mentor of Osama Bin Laden, said Zarqawi was replaced by an Iraqi two weeks ago.

Mr Azzam claimed some were unhappy about Zarqawi's tactics and tendency to speak for the insurgency as a whole.

However, experts say choosing an Iraqi as political leader is a tactic aimed at giving the insurgency an Iraqi face.



What the hell? Is there a Board of Governors which Zarqawi had to deal with?

What reformers in the Middle East go through.

Freedom for Egyptians describes a very depressing incident that gives you idea of what those who wish to change the status-quo in the region go through day in and day out. I wish I could tell you that incidents like this are rare and isolated. But in truth, its just another day in the life of a moderate in the Middle East.

The Egyptian liberal Al Wafd party headquarters in Dokki was stormed yesterday by the 71 year old disposed leader and last September presidential runner Nomaan Gomaa with 60 armed thugs and gang members.

Gomaa who was dethroned last January by the reformists of Al Wafd leaderships on allegations of hidden agenda and conspiring with the current regime of Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak that does not spare a moment to stifle liberal reformers for the best interest of the ruling National Democratic party and the Muslim Brotherhood.


Read the rest.

Does Linda McQuaig care about Women's rights?

This is all you need to know about how the political partisanship of some individuals tends to make them turn their backs on matters which they supposedly hold dear.

Linda McQuaig, Canada's poor-man answer to Maureen Dowd, wrote an editorial in where she bitches and moans about certain Foreign Policy actions which the Harper government had undertaken so far. Among her objections and criticisms was the Conservative reaction to the recent Hamas victory in the legislative elections in Palestine.

Then last week Canada became the first country (following Israel) to cut off aid to the new Palestinian government, despite the fact that it was democratically elected by the Palestinian people.


Now I know that this claim has been made by many other people, but I chose to focus on McQuaig because she seems to have some kind of...affection for the fundamentalist/Terrorist organization. This isn't the first time she has written in their defense.

Its quite ironic that McQuaig would criticise the cut of funding of an organization whose social policies, especially regarding women and minorities, is precisely the kind of policies she rails against in this country. (Women's rights for example).

For starters listen to this audio interview by the Media Line. where they speak to Ghada Zughayar. A Palestinian women who is Assistant to the General Director for External Relations of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees where they talk about Hamas' position on Palestinian women and their role for society. Is this really an organization which the likes McQuack should be upset about not being financially backed by her federal government?

And as for Hamas being "democratic", listen to James Bow on the latest Bloggers Hotstove (at around 10 minutes through the roundtable dicussion)where he describes how democracy is more than just about elected governments, but a series of checks and balances that gives the population a set of individual liberties that are fundamental for any functioning democracy (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press etc...). And time and time again, Hamas has shown that its not exactly sympathetic to those particular set of standards.

Is McQuaig's disdain for the Conservative government so deep that she's willing to overlook or even ignore an Hamas' position on Women in society? Or is she uninformed of the situation? I have a hunch that its not because of the later, as McQuaig has covered the Middle East quite extensively during her career. You cannot have gone through such long period of time commenting on issues of the region without recognizing how groups like Hamas and the Islamic Brotherhood view a women's place in society.

Its like talking extensively about the Montreal Canadians without the knowledge that they won 23 Stanley cups.

But whatever the reason is, McQuaig's reaction to the Hamas cut in funding, is just one example of blind partisanship and political deranged syndrome at its worst. In time, it makes you forget your own principles.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The REAL civil War in the Middle East is not in Iraq.

But in Palestine:

GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement fired off guns in a show of force in Gaza on Saturday, defying orders from Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to stay off the streets.

The militants demanded Haniyeh arrest members of a rival group they blamed for deadly clashes in which three people died, violence that has posed a major challenge for Islamist militant group Hamas now in charge of the Palestinian government.


LOL!! You know I really don't know who to cheer for. :-)

A corrupt organization Vs. A Mini Taliban. Either way, ordinary Palestinians and Israelis will be the real winners whichever of these asswipes to manage to kill the other.

(H/T LGF)

Liberals loose (yet another) talking point.

Remember the hissy fit many Fiberals made early in the election campaign when it came about that *GASP* some pro-Republican individuals in the US was pulling for Harper to win the election and going so far as suggesting that they're actually helping his campaign.

Well, we can rest easy for the next election. The Liberals apparently have hired Democrat Joe "There was not one election disaray I did'nt take part in" Trippi to help them with their leadership campaign.

Apart from the fact that this guy was not part of any successful Presidential run, Liberals will no longer be able to bitch and moan about any intervention by a Republican party sympathizer to the CPC in any Election campaign.

Speaking of which, do you think the media reaction to this would be as hysterical to this as...oh I don't know...say Karl Rove helping a future Conservative campaign?

Hmmm...I wouldn't bet on it.

(H/T Neale News)

Islamist stupidity knows no borders

You know you REALLY have to hand it to the Muslim-Canadian community groups in this country. They never seem to miss an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot, and simply re-enforce the negative stereotypes they claim to battle against!

Be it Aly Hindy's threats , Mohammed El Masry's stupidity, Omar Alghabra's staff and their Freudian slips, these community groups just seem to dig themselves deeper and deeper and are just begging to be ridiculed by the entire country.

But now, it seems that Syed Soharwardy was way to eager to throw his name in the hat among the batch of embarrassing individuals which the Muslim Community in Canada is cursed of being represented by.

This dumbass is the Calgary imam who is taking the Western Standard magazine (Canada's equivalent of the National Review) to the Alberta Human Rights commission following their publication of the infamous Danish Cartoons and a description of the insane reaction they created in the Middle East and Europe.

Oh but that's not all...read what else is Mr.. Soharwardy is upset about:

Earlier this month, I received a copy of Soharwardy's rambling, hand-scrawled complaint. It is truly an embarrassing document. He briefly complains that we published the Danish cartoons. But the bulk of his complaint is that we dared to try to justify it - that we dared to disagree with him.

Think about that: In Soharwardy's view, not only should the Canadian media be banned from publishing the cartoons, but we should be banned from defending our right to publish them. Perhaps the Charter of Rights that guarantees our freedom of the press should be banned, too.

Soharwardy's complaint goes further than just the cartoons. It refers to news articles we published about Hamas, a group labelled a terrorist organization by the Canadian government. By including those other articles, he shows his real agenda: censoring any criticism of Muslim extremists.

Perhaps the most embarrassing thing about Soharwardy's complaint is that he claims our cartoons caused him to receive hate mail. Indeed, his complaint includes copies of a few e-mails from strangers to him. Some of those e-mails even go so far as to call him "humourless" and tell him to "lighten up". Perhaps that's hateful. But all of those e-mails were sent to him before our magazine even published the cartoons. Soharwardy isn't even pretending that this is a legitimate complaint. He's not even trying to hide that this is a nuisance suit.


This is stupid on so many levels:

1. Lack of respect for Freedom of the Press: Sowhardawy's complaint sends the message that there are Muslims in Canada who do not accept one of the major tenants in any functioning, healthy democracy. Once you accept to live in a country like Canada, you must accept that your political, religious and cultural beliefs will be challenged and criticized from time to time. This is the case for all minority groups. And as an individual citizen, that's simply the price you have to pay in order to practice that same level of freedom. Sowhardway is apparently unwilling to accept the pre-requisite. Making many Canadians deepen their suspicions on whether or not Muslim Canadians can co-exist with them peacefully in a functioning democracy.

2. Lack of Judgment and Common Sense: Had Sowhardawy actually had three brain cells in that thick skull of his, he would have realized that the entire coverage of the Danish Cartoons brouhaha was surrounding not the cartoons themselves, but the actual reaction to those publications. (Things like..oh I don't know...death threats, embassy burnings, uncivilized discourse). The cartoons if Mr.. Sowhardaway remembers, were published way back in October, and never made international headlines until 3 months later. (Again due to the retarded reactions) To claim that it was the cartoons themselves that helped "defame Islam" shows nothing but stupidity on his part.

3. Bringing a dead horse back to life: Due to this dumbass, the Danish Cartoons controversy is right back in the news after 2 months of it slowly disappearing in the classified section of major news outlets. In other words, this idiot has brought back yesterday's news front-and center once again.The very same storey that he claims "defamed Muslims".

4. A strengthened resolve by his opponents: If Sowhardawy believes this will strike fear into news outlets that dare to criticize his ideology, he is sadly mistaken. If anything the media's resolve would be strengthened and would be more encouraged to publish news reports that would put his ilk in more negative light. As we've seen time and time again, if any media outlet fears its freedom is at stake, they retaliate against that source who is trying to whip them into "discipline".

5. The setting of a dangerous precedent: Now if were going to have radical imams take media outlets to tribunals and courts because if things that "offend" them, does that give me the right to take the Toronto Star to court for offending my political beliefs?
(See where this could lead).

Makes you wonder who really is responsible for the "Islamaphobia" which many of these morons bitch about day in and day out.

If you would like to help out the Western Standard in this case, go here. And just make a small donation. Could be 5 dollars could be 10. Believe me the price of one fast food value meal is well worth the struggle to help defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press in this country.