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15, 2006 - יום
Have Something to Tell Our Canadian Neighbors
have a story to share
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
the Canadian attitude wasnít so sad
it would be comical: Blame the terrorism on anything you can, but never the
by these two stories
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.
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