Killings in Quebec mosque ‘abhorrent’
As are many people, I am reeling from the recent killings of six Muslims in their holy place in Quebec City.
Canada is a multi-cultural nation built on the hard work and commitment of immigrants from all over the world. These cold-blooded murders are abhorrent to all of us who believe in welcoming and supporting our fellow man no matter what faith they may follow.
At the same time, as we look to our neighbours to the south, it is very concerning to see the dangerous road that is now being followed by the current Trump administration. The new president is, in my opinion, a billionaire buffoon who is in that position only for his own aggrandizement.
We must not forget our history. It was not too many years ago that Germany exterminated six million Jews. Now we have this deranged president targeting Muslims in the same way that Hitler began his war against the Jews – manipulation of the truth with “alternative facts.”
Should we as Canadians be concerned? You better believe we should. In Canada, we always considered the United States to be our closest friend and ally. Can we say that anymore, or more importantly, should we even want a country with the kind of rhetoric we are now hearing from the Trump gang to be our friend?
I have not lost total faith in the American people. The massive protests across that country the past few days allows me to keep my faith in humanity – most days. We must do whatever we can to support Americans who do not want to see their country regress and succumb to a myopic, xenophobic mentality. As Winston Churchill said, “to build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”
In closing, may we always remember the words of Gandhi: “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
Millie Colbourne Sydney