Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Palestinian Civil war drags on

And Hamas continues to prove that Western governments were right all along when they cut off their "aid package" to the Palestinian authority.

First, you have a Hamas taking a page out of the Liberal party playbook of governing and get caught red-handed:

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, has ordered an investigation after a Hamas official was stopped at the Gaza-Egypt border with $800,000 in cash.
Sami Abu Zuhri had tried to cross into the Gaza Strip with the money but was detained and the cash confiscated, Julio de la Guardia, a spokesman for the European Union observation force at Rafah terminal, said on Friday.


And they try to kill a respected Palestinian intelligence officer who's known to be a moderate.

Hamas accused over Gaza blast

Saturday 20 May 2006, 17:52 Makka Time, 14:52 GMT

The chief of Palestinian intelligence services has been taken to a hospital in Israel after being seriously injured in a blast at his Gaza headquarters.

Tareq Abu Rajab, the overall head of the Palestinian Authority intelligence services, was with several of his bodyguards in a lift when an explosion ripped through the building in Gaza City on Saturday.


I'm hoping to god that this will (finally!) wake the Palestinian people that a Hamas government will only make their lives even more miserable than it already is, but I'm not holding my breath. Not when it’s a population that still celebrates suicide bombing knowing full well that there would be a military backlash against them.

Grab some beer and popcorn and enjoy the show

This should be interesting. How will the Canadian left react t this? While their ideological kissing cousins down south are already denouncing this measure as "racist"

Should they come out denouncing this, they would essentially be denouncing a measure that was in the forefront of Trudeau's legacy ("Official languages, not one but two"). Will they defend a measure that's championed by their political hero, and praise their most despised foreign leader ever, or will they denounce Bush and sham their political hero? Should be fun to watch.

Iran is suddenly an innocent flower.

You've all must have heard by now that the original storey in the National Post about Iran instituting a policy that requires Jews and Christians to wear labels is now sketchy at best. Obviously this raises many questions about the journalistic methods of the National Post itself, but what I find the most odd about all this was the reaction from our resident appeasers and Mid-east totalitarian apologists.

From their reaction you would swear that Iran was the undeserved victim of a vicious smear employed by the vast right wing conspiracy in trying to convince the world that Iran should be nuked back to the stone ages.

Take for instance this guy who's literally frothing in the mouth that Iran would be victim of such a hoax. What's even funnier was the link he provides to credit his/her sources, check out the reactions:

From a guy calling himself "Cueball"

The damage is done, unfortunately.


Iran's leadership apparently was undeserving of any scrutiny and scorn from the world. Ahmadinejad's holocaust denial and threatening to wipe Israel off the map and his mad ravings about Islamic supremacy in this world; victimless crimes apparently , which should not be taken very seriously, even if the guy is pursuing Nuclear weapons. No, according to Cueball, this alone tarnished Iran's repution in the world. And apparently is a crime that should be punishable by jail:

The National Post should be taken to court. A don't think a retraction will be good enough. There has got to be some standards for checking sources and facts. Printing a great big hoax, calling it news, and then putting an itty bitty retraction on page 20 just doesn't cut it.

And…

Perhaps the journalist should be jailed instead.


And of course, as always with the appeasing left, Israel must be thrown in the blame game for good measure and moral equivilancy:

As if Iran is the only nation that prohibits religious minorities from top posts? How many Arab Muslims hold senior positions in the IDF or Israeli Cabinet?


Quite a few actually, but that's not really the subject here. To me, this whole issue is like falsely accusing a convicted rapist of murder. Its wrong, but its not a mistake worthy of self-flagellation.

Note the difference in reactions by the liberal-left between this episode and others when Iran wasn't exactly the innocent virgin. As always whenever a leader in that part of the world states outrageous opinions publicly, jails dissidents, orders his police force to jail judges and beat reformists badly, and commits human rights abuses unseen since world war 2, the "progressives" among us simply shrug, downplay or ignore such actions. Worrying that raising those issues would reward their domestic political opponents' ("Neoconservatives"-whatever the fuck that means) theory on these maniacs.

Why is that? Why is it that you have to beat a condemnation out of a leftie for the actions middle eastern tyrants, but a mistake or miscalculation by a western leader against them is an unforgivable sin?

One could argue that this behavior is a confirmation that third-world suffering and human-rights causes are nothing but cheap rhetoric in their activism. People who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. All for the purpose of hoping to attract some ethnic voters their way every once in a while. Can this be labeled as racist? I think it can. Although I'm sure that this theory would horrify them beyond belief.

All I know, is that Iran doesn't deserve such a spirited defense from our resident lefties. Especially considering Iran is the purpatrator of many crimes and policies that goes against many issues the left claims to hold dear to their hearts.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Canada is one giant Islamophobic hellhole- Mohammed ElMasry

Talk about pissing on the rug of your host nation; get a load of this from Mohamed "Israeli Civilians are legitimate targets" ElMasry.

For Muslims in Canada, freedom of religion is less assured today than it was five years ago. Just because they are Muslims, many have been victimized by security certificate investigations, which allow authorities to detain anyone indefinitely. Others have been placed on no-fly lists or no- passport lists -- often without their knowledge, until the day they need to travel or renew their documents. Moreover, these lists are made up by civil servants, not by the courts.


Muslims in Canada today suffer from more discrimination, and more harassment at schools or in workplaces than before 9/11. The government and media have shown that they couldn't care less.

Young Canadian Muslims -- especially women wearing the traditional Hijab headscarf, or other distinctive Islamic clothing -- are made to feel like strangers, foreigners and aliens in their own country.

Hate literature against Islam and Muslims is on the rise, with statistics showing that Muslims are replacing Blacks and Jews as the number-one group victimized by hate and vandalism in Canada. But very little has been offered through government programs to educate the general public, or to make any impact in the school system.

Canadian Muslims are this country's largest non-Christian religious group, numbering some 750,000. About half of us are Canadian-born and the rest are immigrants from more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Anti-Islam in the Canadian media is alive and well. You have only to glance at summaries of The Canadian Islamic Congress's annual research report on the subject to see that the National Post is the worst offender; unfortunately, other major papers in this country are not far behind.


I'd love to go through each paragraph and debunk each and every single one of his paranoid illusions about how I'm supposedly a second-class citizen in Canada, but I've already wrote extensively about fear mongering by the likes of ElMasry here.

And unfortunately, like I stated, ElMasry's words and actions are causing more tension among Canada's Muslim and Non-Muslim communities then he could ever hope for.

(H/T Dust My Broom)

Darfur and Iraq. An Interesting parallel.

A conversation I had at work yesterday

Picture a crowded mess/cafeteria at around noon in a large office building. There I was enjoying my 12 inch Turkey Sandwich from Subway while reading the sports section of the Montreal Gazette.

Out of the blue, a co-worker(we'll call her Kim) barges in and takes a seat right next to me.


Kim: Hey Kareem (not my real name), you voted Conservative in the last election.
Me: Yeah…
Kim: Tell me something, why isn't Harper sending troops to Darfur?
Me: Well, the military is stretched pretty thin; recruitment is pretty low nowadays and with us being in Afghanistan and all…
Kim: Well I think its time that we got away from George W. Bush's crusade against the Muslims, and get back to peacekeeping!
Me: Crusade against the Muslims? They were harboring Al Qaeda-
Kim: Not our problem! Were not war makers (her word) were peacekeepers, and I think its high time Harper remembers that. We should pull out of Afghanistan and send them to Darfur for peacekeeping.
Me: Well Kim, Peacekeeping automatically assumes that there's you know…peace going on, or any kind of cease fire in place. What's happening in Darfur can be charitably labeled as ethnic cleansing. If any troops were to go into that region it would make their combat missions in Afghanistan look like Spring break in Daytona. Now generally speaking I'm for-
Kim: I don't care. It’s a humanitarian mission; we should help those people, unless of course Stephen Harper has a problem helping black people!

Timeout: Just for the record dear reader, this is a woman who clutches her purse whenever she passes by a young Haitian male in the Metro.

Long Silence.

Me: You really wanna play that game Kim? You wanna walk down that aisle. Fine Hey, two can play that game. Now let me just know where exactly do you stand on this. You're for Humanitarian missions' right?
Kim: Yes!
Me: Ok, now let me just get your point of view on certain things. You believe that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who terrorized his people right?
Kim: Well…of course but-
Me: Hold on, I just want to know where exactly do you stand on this…Now you believe that he was indeed a brutal murderer, the mass graves don't lie he has killed thousands of innocent men, women and children, he crushed dissent, and starved his own people-
Kim: Yeah yeah I heard it all…What does this have to do with Darfur?!
Me: I'm getting there. So we have it established that your for humanitarian mission which would free people of mass murder and genocide, and that you believe that Saddam was indeed a brutal dictator that did in fact slaughter his people left, right and center. So, let me ask you something, why exactly were you opposed to the Iraq war 3 years ago?
Kim: (She goes on and on, I can't remember the precise words, but I did hear, imperialism, oil, Halliburton and other worn out leftist clichés.).
Me: Be that as it may, the Iraqi people were liberated from a monstrous leader. There's no doubt that they're better off without him don't you think?
Kim: I suppose. What the hell does that have to do with Darfur?
Me: I just find it weird, you advocate one military intervention based on humanitarian grounds, but oppose another.
Kim: The Iraq war was no based on humanitarian grounds, it was all for-
Me: Over 20 million have been liberated from a mass killer Kim, that's not a humanitarian feat?
Kim: That's not why Bush went into Iraq. He said it was about Weapons of Mass destruction and all that shit…
Me: Hold on! You mean to tell me that you simply oppose the Iraq war based on a technicality? That had Bush just went out and stated that this was for the well-being of the Iraqi people, you would be all for it?
Kim: (after a 20 second silence)…no.
Me: Then you're not really for Humanitarian missions are you?
Kim: I am!
Me: No your not, you wouldn't exactly be opposed to one so vigorously while advocating another with passion.
Kim: Iraq was not a humanitarian mission…
Me: *sigh*...true or false, a brutal dictator was overthrown and Iraqis now have an elected parliament and a constitution?
Kim: True.
Me: Then, there was a humanitarian factor attached to the Iraq war.
Kim: (silence)

(An awkward 2 minutes of complete silence).
I knew I had her in a corner at this point, so I decided to turn the tables and for once, play the race card against a leftie.

Me: Kim do you have anything against Arabs or Muslims by any chance?
Kim: WHAT!! No!!
Me: I just find it odd, that you were opposed to the well being of the Iraqi people from being slaughtered daily, or the brutal conditions the Afghans were under. Both factors which would resume should the US withdraw from Iraq and NATO withdraws from Afghanistan. BUT you have no problem whatsoever helping the people in Darfur. So what is it Hate the culture? Hate the language?
Kim: I have nothing against Arabs or Muslims!
Me: Funny you oppose to all measures of ending their suffering fro their leaders…
Kim: I'm not!!!
Me: Really then why are you calling for withdrawal? Your opposition to the Iraq war is based on a stupid technicality which shouldn't really matter if you consider the ends and means, and want to withdraw forces from Afghanistan which would help the Taliban get back in power.
Kim: (silence)
Me: Just what I (censored) thought! You guys don't give a dam about third world suffering; the only thing these people are to you is a cheap political stump speech and some photo ops. Calling for military action on humanitarian grounds in one area, while opposing it in another is very freaking hypocritical. This, like all other matters relating to the third world is just a reason for your kind to stump on your political enemies, be it Bush or Harper. Do me a favour and stop claiming to give a damn what's occurring in the third world.



For the Record: I don't think Kim has anything against "Arabs or Muslims". I just wanted to know what it feels like to play the race card from a right-wing point of view. Feels odd, but I got my message through, and revealed her own hypocrisy to her.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Was Vellacott wrong? Not really…

Is Judicial activism really a myth as many lefties claim? Well, why don’t we ask the head honcho of the Supreme Court herself…back in December.

Judges should feel "emboldened" to trump the written word of the Constitution when protecting fundamental, unwritten principles and rights, Canada's Chief Justice says.
Beverley McLachlin, in a speech delivered in New Zealand, took on critics who say judges have no business going beyond the strict letter of the Constitution to strike down laws and enforce rights.





Any questions?

H/T Filibuster Cartoons

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Help free Alaa




I've been busy for the past few days trying to finalize my first land purchase (A two bedroom Condo. Woo hoo!!) But it seems that I'm late informing you of a VERY important campaign.

Alaa is a secular democracy activist, and a tireless advocate of freedom,
free speech and human rights. He organizes demonstrations and engages
in protests against all kinds of injustices in Egypt and is the winner of the international Best of the Blogs award from Reporters Without Borders last December.
Alaa was arrested while protesting to support Egypt’s Judges fight for independence. 2 weeks earlier he had organized a “National Unity” protest to show solidarity with Egypt’s
Christians who suffered a sectarian attack on 3 churches on Good
Friday. Before that he was one of the few voices that urged calm and
peaceful dialogue while the cartoon crisis was hitting its peak. He is
a desperately needed voice of moderation and democracy in Egypt,
and one of the few flickers of hope in a country whose future seems
mire between the crushing rule of the regime and the fanaticism of the
Islamist opposition
.


Here's how you can help:

Pressure the Egyptian government. You can usually do that by writing or phoning in the embassy. But The Mubarak Government being the way it is, this will fall on deaf ears. (They don't give a damn about their own people, you think they're going to give consideration to the opinion of a foreign, ordinary working joe like yourself?) Fat chance. What DOES grab their attention though are the words and actions of Western Governments.

So what specific steps can you take to help Alaa in Canada?
First and foremost e-mail Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affaires): mackap1@parl.gc.ca
Or his Parliamentary Secretary: Deepak Obhari Obhrai.D@parl.gc.ca

Next up: the MP's. Now don't write to any random MP concerning this subject. Target which MP might have an interest rasing this issue. I would suggest the following:
- MP's who represent ridings that has a large Coptic concentration. Its the group that has is the most receptive to pressures on the government that has made them flee their native land. That would mainly consist of MP's in the 905 areas or the Montreal Suburbs who sit on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affaires and International Development.

MP's of interest:
Peter Van Loan:
VanLoan.P@parl.gc.ca
Stephane Dion
Dion.S@parl.gc.ca
Bryan Wilfred
Wilfert.B@parl.gc.ca
Irwin Colter:
cotler.i@parl.gc.ca
Garth Turner
Turner.G@parl.gc.ca
Ruby Dhalla
Dhalla.R@parl.gc.ca

When your writing the Tory or NDP MP's, emphasize the issues of human rights, democracy, freedom of speech etc…As for the Liberals…well…I'm going to sound like a prick but threaten that you will be raising the issue with their Coptic constituents, and that they will definatly hear about it the next election. Sounds bad, but from my experience with this party, nothing makes these people jump more than the prospect of lost votes. Don't bother with the BLOC, on matters of foreign affaires (unless its China or Haiti) they usually couldn't give a damn. So save your efforts when it comes to them.

For those of you too lazy to sit and type an entire letter, the Sandmonkey has drafts for you. All you have to do is sign your name, and add the e-mail list.

THEN e-mail the Egyptian Embassy, and let them know that you've contacted your elected officials regarding the issue. That's it for now. I'll monitor this closely and if nothing happens then I'd be more than happy at launching a Canadian-based campaign on Alaa's behalf. I'm just brainstorming ideas for now, nothing official or solid, but if anyone has any suggestions or would like to help in any way, e-mail me. Make sure you bookmark this Blog for continuous updates:

http://freealaa.blogspot.com

(More Later)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What to do with Zacarias Moussaoui.

I actually support the decision. After all, there are so many scenarios that are worse than death. A few suggestions for the warden who will have the prick under surveillance:

1. A room that's too small to stand, let the fu*%$r crawl to wherever he wants to go.
2. A built in t.v. which shows nothing but clips of birthdays, weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, graduation, anniversaries, spelling bees etc... of all the victims of 9/11.
3. Over the next few years, every single F.D.N.Y and N.Y.P.D. personnel should get at least 5 minutes alone with Moussaoui. A guard and a doctor should supervise the ass kicking to ensure that Moussaoui stays alive throughout the procedure.

Any other suggestions?

Heroic journalists in the Middle East honored.

About time!

Three prominent freedom loving, anti-Syrian journalists were targeted in Lebanon in 2005, leaving two brutally killed and one seriously injured. Renowned journalist Samir Kassir (pictured right) was the first targeted and killed on June 2, 2005. Kassir had just criticized the president of Syria Bashar al-Assad days before he was killed in the newspaper he worked for, An-Nahar.

...

On the occasion of the International Day for Press Freedom, a ceremony was held Wednesday in honor of An-Nahar's slain General Manager Gebran Tueni and other murdered journalists.
The event entitled the "Martyrs of the Lebanese Press (1906-2006), 100 Years of Red Ink" was organized by Maharat Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO.



(Source: Ya Libnan)

Its essential from time to time for us to realize the just how big of a blessing it is to live in a free and democratic society. And stories like this always reminds me just how grateful I should be to my parents who brought me here 17 years ago.


If your child is not in Daycare...HE/SHE WILL END UP IN JAIL!- Carolyn Bennett.

I must once again apologize for the light blogging. They made me the liaison for the interns at work a couple of weeks ago; a hair-pulling, headache inducing task to say the least, throw in the NHL Playoffs and you have a recipe for a major burnout at the end of the day.

Now that my habs have been eliminated, I can focus more on blogging....hopefully.

Now about the budget, It seems the Liberals have just committed another "Beer and Popcorn" type gaffe. Sarah at Choice for Child Care first noticed this:

Dr. Bennett on Duffy today said it was a good thing there is more money for prisons because a lot of kids will end up in prison since the new budget did not have money for ECE...even Mike Duffy said that was a bit harsh...


Vicki heard it so their must of been more of you too! Come on this is too juicy to let go. Honestly if she said that, then she has just pulled a political suicide!


As usual, whenever the Liberals commit a gaffe on national television of this magnitude, I always head to ProudtobeCanadian.ca as Joel always seems to record these moments. Lo and behold, I was right.

Here's the video.

ENJOY!