Last night I attended a panel at the University of Toronto, which discussed Omar Khadr, the oldest child in Canada. Organized by the Muslim Students’ Organization (a trusty arm of the Brotherhood), CAIR (which doesn’t need an introduction) and the disgraced idiots from Amnesty International, the discussion was supposed to bring a new light to the plight of poor little Omar.
For the record: if you have come to this site looking for a coverage reflecting the position of CAIR or the point of view of General Romeo Dallaire’s vulnerable inner self, I should state that I consider Omar Khadr to be a disgusting (and still dangerous) terrorist piece of shit, who should be stripped of his citizenship and deported from Canada (along with his equally disgusting Muslim terrorist family) as soon as soon he serves the last one of the 40 years of jail he got initially in Guantanamo (his family may go first).
If you are still here, I’ll continue by saying that the event was quite boring. It was nothing like the confrontation at the Khadr residence on September 11, when our old friend Ali Mallah gave a screaming performance worthy of Little Richard.
Shortly before leaving, I checked their Facebook page – 76 people confirmed that they’d attend. The hall was practically empty – we counted only 26 people (including the panelists, the organizers and the photographers). As usual, the hijabs (with a few converts among them) dominated the event.
The first one of the panelists burdened with the task to enlighten was Maher Arar. The winner of the $10 million jackpot from the war of terror for the time he spent in Syria was supposed to appear on Skype. That spoke loudly enough about the value of the event – it wasn’t that high if a fellow Muslim multi-millionaire doesn’t find it necessary to fly to Toronto to attend the event. Besides, what was an “innocent victim” like Arar doing there supporting a convicted terrorist like Khadr?
The second one was Rick Salutin, the die-hard lefty scribe, who was kicked out even from The Globe and Mail. It turns out that now he is a professor of Cultural Studies at the University College. The third panelist was a substitute, who replaced the initially announced Kathy Vandergrift. The replacement was Cheryl Milne, Executive Director of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at U of T (who says that rich Jews don’t support stupid lefty causes?). The discussion was moderated by the CAIR Canada Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee.
The creepiest part of the event was the way Maher Arar appeared. The Muslim multi-millionaire, who chose to rely on a free communication service, was seen on a huge screen behind the panelists.
He looked very much like Big Brother from Orwell’s “1984” overseeing the little ants, who were supposed to pass his point of view to the obedient masses.
Having been raised in an Orwellian society, I have always been convinced that such methods of control would fail simply because a totalitarian society can’t make things run smoothly. That was exactly the case last night – the computer geniuses of the Muslim student organization tried very hard to keep the Leader onscreen. Unfortunately, although Arar was visible, his voice sounded as if it was coming from an echo chamber, then from a well, and in the end he completely disappeared. That agony took half an hour, so the event had to start at 7:30.
Then it was up to Rick Salutin and Cheryl Milne to fend off Little Omar’s enemies.
When Mr. Gardee was opening the event, I heard him mumbling and thought that something was wrong with his microphone. It turned out that he was saying a Muslim prayer. Of course, the panelists didn’t mind, although this was supposed to be a secular event – how would they react to a Christian prayer?
As I mentioned in the beginning, Omar was treated like a child by the panelists, who constantly came back to his “child soldier” rights, although the hairy bearded Khadr doesn’t fit the child paradigm anymore. Cheryl, whose other line of business is child rights (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children), emphasized as a major point that Omar’s rights to education were violated – while in jail, he should’ve been provided with a full curriculum of education. (I should defend Omar here – he passed with flying colours his father’s course in bomb making.)
Then she added that, as a child soldier, he should’ve been sheltered and moved to another facility. Canada refused to take him here to provide him with a full education. Canada even violated his “child rights” by interrogating him. After that she read quotes from some laws guiding the children’s rights – like the African children, he should’ve been taken to a “transition centre”. To comply with those laws, Corrections Canada must work under special conditions with him. (Don’t forget, he is still a child!)
And of course, Cheryl didn’t forget the “compensation” – if Khard demands a monetary compensation, that won’t be a hindrance, but a part of his re-education.
I am sure Arar loved that statement – at that point they tried to plug in his comment, but thanks to the Muslim computer incompetence, we couldn’t hear anything.
Next we heard from Rick Salutin. That was the second time I was listening to him. The first time I saw him about two years ago he was being interviewed on FOX by Bill O’Reilly – Rick sounded incoherent and didn’t make any sense. Last night he was coherent but still didn’t make sense.
He said that from the genuine Canadian point of view Omar Khadr stroke a chord in the non-Muslim Canadians. Khadr became an iconic figure – the same way Wayne Gretzky and Don Cherry are iconic figures, although in a different way. They all represent something important about the Canadian society. Canada has a long tradition in treating minorities fairly – even in Upper Canada, which was a weird place of British aristocrats trying to look important in the woods, the pompous Governor Simcoe tried to look important by abolishing slavery.
That’s why the Jews in World War II valued Canada so much – Salutin learned that when visiting Auschwitz. Canadian inclusiveness has always been an important point, like the universal medicare, which was introduced by Tommy Douglas and opposed by bigots, but now is an essential Canadian value.
9/11 turned things around for the worse – what was imposed on us was the politics of fear, which replaced the fears of the cold war. Rick has noticed that in his correspondence – before it was more respectful when disagreeing with him, now it is much more confrontational. (Maybe they figured out what an idiot you are?)
Then came the major point – according to Salutin, when Harper’s majority government came to power, it started an exclusionary trend bound to destroy our inclusiveness. Now we get fewer refugees, the level of immigration is down, and the government tries to get temporary immigrants with the status of the Germany’s Gastarbeiter. (Sorry, Rick, I wish that was true.)
The Canadian Citizenship Test is designed to be intimidating, obnoxious and demeaning, thus depriving hard-working people from taking it successfully. The government itself should be forced to take it and see how hard it is. (Rick, you’re an idiot. As a person, who has taken that test, I can testify that you must be either illiterate or a total retard to fail it.)
Are the sinister Harper changes going to destroy the inclusiveness of the Canadian society? Rick didn’t know, but he was optimistic – he recalled how as a kid he was singing songs at school about brotherhood and friendship with other nations (despite the lack of diversity in Toronto at the time). Now his 14-year old son goes to a school where he is immersed in diversity. Before Canada was called a Christian society, which excluded Jews (here he reluctantly announced he was a Jew). Then we called it Judeo-Christian society. Now we are ready for the next step – why don’t we call it Judeo-Christian-Muslim society. (Rick, did I say you’re an idiot?)
He came back to Khadr – Khadr wants to be useful as he says in one of his letters. There is no reason to doubt that, because even people like Rob Ford want to be useful. (Ford worse than Khadr – priceless!) Why can’t Khadr be like the people from the Weather Underground in the USA? They were a terrorist organization, although they tried hard not to kill anybody with their bombs. Now most of the members are old and retired and contribute to the society working in education and other areas. Why shouldn’t be Omar Khadr allowed to do the same? The election of Rob Ford made people more active, because they realized they had to fight against that menace. The case of Omar is similar, because it made people realize that they are ashamed, although politicians don’t support him.
Then the discussion drifted off to the issue of the media. The CAIR guy complained that in Canada the Muslims are portrayed as bad people – there is Islamophobia, racial profiling and a perception of Islam as a violent religion. However, CAIR is watching all that.
Agreeing with him, Salutin added that media are less inclusive than universities, and Internet should be ignored, because it doesn’t represent any viable opinions.
Then somebody asked how to deal with the overwhelmingly hostile media toward Omar Khadr.
Cheryl replied that the media are hostile because they don’t understand that the horrible things Omar did happened when he was still a child. They don’t understand the issues of reintegration of child soldiers; they are rigid in their way of thinking. Finally, the comments his family made were not useful. (The first time his criminal family was mentioned.)
Then one of the converts (who was at the previous event) asked how to deal with biased media like SUN TV.
From his snobbish high horse Rick Salutin said that SUN doesn’t deserve any attention – it is watched by 9 people so nobody knows what that channel says. (Great Rick, tell that to David Suzuki and Justin Trudeau.)
Then Cheryl added a few pearls of her own – she said that the Charter was not a definitive document. It only provides the basis for the rights – we actually have many more rights, but we must demand them. Then, after a question about why Canada shouldn’t be criticized as a democracy, she said that Canada could be criticized – even the people in Syria who sit on certain committees in the UN could do that, because regardless of what their country does, they can challenge Canada on particular issues.
Do we live in the same country with those idiots? With re-educators like them we surely would get many more Khadrs.
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