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Posted: September 15, 2006 -
יום שישי, כ"ב אלול תשס"ו

 
 
 
   
 

I Have Something to Tell Our Canadian Neighbors
Rabbi Shea Hecht
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I have a story to share with our neighbors up North in Canada and I am interested in hearing their opinion on the matter. Itís an interesting tale of attempted murder and horror that takes place in Britain, but I think that the Canadians might have a different take on the story than everybody else.

The New York Post reported that two of the British terrorists, who were caught planning to blow up airplanes over the ocean, had decided to sacrifice their baby with them. Abdula Ahmed, 25, and his wife, Cossor, 23, planned on using their 6-month-old son Zainís baby bottle as a liquid bomb, blowing themselves up with their child along with hundreds of others on their flight.

Most people - which in this case translates to people that are non-Canadian - would think that this couple is purely evil. If an adult sacrifices their own life for their irrational and insane reasons that is their choice - as long as they donít take anyone else with them on their ďholy journey.Ē But for adults to play G- d with their child - to feel that they can make a decision on whether their innocent child should live or not - is purely barbarous and brutal, and not only child abuse, but murder.

Why do I think that Canadians would feel differently about this story than most other people? Because of two other news stories in which the Canadians misplace blame - and put the blame on the innocent instead of the guilty.

One of these stories is of a recent study in which a majority of Canadians said that they believe American foreign policy was one of the root causes that led to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The poll suggests that 77 percent of the residents polled in Quebec primarily blame American foreign policy for the September 11th attacks and that 57 per cent in Ontario hold a similar view.

Being that one of the choices in this poll was that Islamic fundamentalists are to blame for the 9/11 attacks and they were the ones that actually flew the airplanes into the buildings and into the ground on September 11th, itís hard to understand what the Canadians were thinking.

Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies, said that there's a growing need since the Sept. 11 attacks for balanced public education about terrorism. He said, "There is a tendency to see in these movements something more romantic than actually exists. That's something we need to keep debating in the country.Ē

Since Canadians see romance in terrorism - in the thousands of dead and bloodied bodies of the victims of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists all over the world - Iím really wondering what they feel about parents who want to sacrifice their child to this very cause. Perhaps Canadians feel there is something inherently romantic in this, too. Could it be all the candle light vigils that were held in memory of the victims inspired the Canadians to think romance?

The second incident occurred on an Air Canada Jazz flight on September 1, from Montreal to New York City, that was heading toward the runway at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport when eyewitnesses said an Orthodox man began to pray. "He was clearly a Hasidic Jew," said Yves Faguy, a passenger seated nearby. "He had some sort of cover over his head. He was reading from a book.Ē

The action didn't seem to bother anyone, Faguy said, but a flight attendant approached the man and told him his praying was making other passengers nervous. Yup! Canadian passengers were nervous because a religious man was praying, and the attendant acknowledged out loud that she knew he wasn't a Muslim and that she was sorry for the situation but they had to ask him to leave.

Jewish leaders in Canada criticized the move, saying the flight attendants should have explained to the other passengers that the man was simply praying and doing no harm.

Is it possible that Canadians have never seen a person pray? Why would people get frightened of a man who is praying? I guess they think itís religion thatís frightening and religion that causes airplanes to blow up and fly into buildings.

If the Canadian attitude wasnít so sad it would be comical: Blame the terrorism on anything you can, but never the terrorists.

Judging by these two stories Iíll assume that if a poll were taken today in Canada on what caused a young couple with a baby with a future ahead of them to make a death wish and play G-d with their childís life, they would blame religious Americans. The fact that the horror took place in England and was perpetrated by Muslim extremists would have nothing to do with this. Iíll assume so because by the numbers of other poll and their actions on the airplane it seems that Canadians form their opinions in many ways - but ignore the facts.


Read more articles by Rabbi Hecht 

Rabbi Hecht's Website:  www.sheahecht.com  

 

 
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