It seems to me that there is in these terrorist attacks a kind of sick collectivism in which the perpetrators hold whole nations, races, or religions responsible for wrongs (real or imagined) committed in the past or present by a government or some other supposed representative of the larger group.
Yes, it’s true. I’ve abandoned my principles. I plan to vote in the next Canadian federal election. That doesn’t mean I’m any less cynical about electoral politics, though. If anything, it means I’m even more cynical.
Headline: Prominent Muslim cleric urges imams to vet new Islamic converts
From the article:
“I’m not sure who helped them to convert to Islam. Who was the imam? What kind of relationship did those people have with those people who converted them to Islam? Those very important questions need to be answered,” said Soharwardy.
“They should take on the responsibility of checking backgrounds and staying in touch and make sure this person is not being recruited by any radical organization or terrorist organizations.”
Soharwardy estimates 20 to 30 Canadians convert to Islam every week. He said it is the responsibility of clerics to make sure the converts are doing it for the right reasons.
I strongly oppose the “Northern Gateway” pipeline and I don’t trust Premier Clark to stand against it. Obviously, I don’t trust Prime Minister Harper to reject it, since he’s already practically promised it to the Chinese government.
Ultimately, it’s going to be up to those of us who actually live in north-western BC to stop this bullshit. It’s probably going to get messy.
I’m not sure what’s going on at the Gitanmaax band office in Hazelton but a sheet of plywood is covering the entrance and people are occupying the steps and the front lawn. This vague statement has been issued regarding whatever it is that’s going on with the Gitanmaax band council:
“It’s being billed as a chance for North American leaders to discuss jobs, security and disaster assistance, but the elephant in the Rose Garden on Monday just might be drug policy.”
It bloody well should be.
“The Harper government is proudly prohibitionist when it comes to drugs, and Obama hasn’t shown much public sympathy for the decriminalization arguments.”
Are they idiotic or evil? I’ll accept either.
Original story at http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/02/harper-3amigos.html
The Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, who is championing a bill to allow warrantless police access to personal online information, apparently wants to know everything about us. So, we Canadians, being so polite and respectful, are cooperating by telling him everything.
A true Canadian protest!
They go to war without declaring war according to the demands of their constitution, they order and achieve the death of individuals without due process of law, they make a joke of habeas corpus, and so on. The U.S.A. has become but a shell and it clearly makes little or no difference whether a Republican or a Democrat is elected to the presidency. It’s almost as if they’re actually trying to encourage the anarchists and cynics.
Lashing out at corrupt officials in Mexico and “insatiable” U.S. demand for drugs for fomenting the violence, Mr. Calderon urged the U.S. Congress to stamp out drug consumption and stop illegal trafficking of weapons across the border into Mexico.
“We’re neighbours, we’re allies, we’re friends, but you are also responsible,” a sombre and angry Mr. Calderon said to the United States in a speech after meeting his security advisers.
So, if this story is accurately portraying the essence of Mr. Calderon’s statements — and I have to allow for possibility that it isn’t — he is saying that the solution to the drug gang violence in Mexico is for the U.S. to step up the war on drugs.
Do people read any history? Who learned anything from America’s disastrous experiment with alcohol prohibition? Not Mr. Calderon, obviously (if his message is being portrayed accurately).