Killings in Que­bec mosque ‘ab­hor­rent’

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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