A far, far away menace close to us
A couple of months, if not weeks ago, ISIS as it was then called, was nothing more than a bunch of ragtag hooligans unable to muster any support outside of a couple of thousands of militants.
Well, its name was not ISIS, as in Iraq and Syria, but ISIL, as in Iraq and the Levant. Look it up and bring Lawrence of Arabia in full regalia in majestic Panavision and Technicolor to save us once again.
It’s a bad movie and we’ve already paid the price of admission too many times. No amount of special effects, not even in 4D if it exists somewhere, will bring a bad scenario to life. The United States, unable to play the Sorcerer’s Apprentice one more time, has created monsters that ole’ Doc’ Frankenstein would be proud off. Except that they are more Hydrae than Shelley’s monster, with more heads captured, replacing the decapitated ones daily.
That the United States blames the barbarians, they are almost putting Pol Pot to shame, refusing to admit that propping up the Malaki regime for years is responsible for today’s situation, doesn’t make the Republic to the South proud. That Canada is getting on board that madness is even crazier.
The Harper government has thrown overboard the only legitimacy that we had in the Middle-East, that of an honest broker, a legacy of our only Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lester B. Pearson. The legacy of having invented the Blue Beret, of always acting as go-between. Telling our enemies that we would be fair, our allies that we would be just. And all of that dates from the big fracture in Middle Eastern policy: The Suez Canal conflict.
None of that would have any bearing with our daily life if not for the little problem of our geographical location. Smack on the border.
And you can be sure that if ONE as in only ONE of those crazies crosses over the border from Canada, that the September 11th aftermath will look like a piece of cake.
First things first. By giving the wrong message, namely that Islamist radicalism is an accepted form of social behaviour, all in the name of multiculturalism gone awry. This brings back the Quebec debate on the issue to the forefront. We will repeat our position: Right Idea, Very Bad implementation.
When a society says that it is okay to wear signs associated mainly with an ideology, it tells those who are most vulnerable to listen to the demagogues. We would never allow someone to parade in a Nazi uniform on the street. Would we?
In England, the problem is so severe that whole neighbourhoods are in fact Little Arabias, where Islamist fundamentalism rules and English law is an afterthought for most. Women, not even second class citizens, are clad from head to toe, invisible to anyone. This has helped Great-Britain’s economy a lot; as long as they are in Britain, they don’t complain much. Then they get radicalized and behead a couple of infidels.
Let’s hope that none, from Canada, cross into the USA. Especially around here.