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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Thursday, February 28, 2002

I guess the New York Times, CNN, Globe and Mail, and Guardian have it all wrong. Here is the New York Times story -- basically indistinguishable from its counterpart in most other Western news sources -- on the Hindu reprisals against Muslims in India today:

Hindu mobs rampaged through a city in western India on Thursday, killing more than 60 people as they burned Muslims alive in their homes and set fire to Muslim- owned restaurants, shops, cars and apartments.

The religious violence, the most serious India has experienced in years, was retaliation for a Muslim mob's attack Wednesday on a trainload of Hindu fundamentalists in which 58 people were burned to death in a single car. Most were women and children. [emphasis added]

Here's the ArabNews version, "Hindu mobs on murder spree":

Hindu mobs in the western Indian state of Gujarat yesterday went on a rampage, murdering Muslims and burning down their houses and businesses. At least 58 people were killed in widespread violence throughout the state. The killings followed the deaths a day earlier of 58 Hindus when their train was set on fire by enraged vendors at Godhra railway station who were refused payment. [emphasis added]

Keep this in mind when the next CNN poll finds that Arab respondents in Saudi Arabia have an unfavorable view of India and/or Hindus.

[UPDATE: Joanne Jacobs comments on the headlines in the San Jose Mercury News, which are somewhere between the NYT/CNN/etc. and ArabNews.]
Ten-hour break. [Via Andrew Sullivan] I'm running to meetings until this evening, so nothing new will be posted until late tonight. But in the meantime, this rejoinder by James Lileks to a recent article in The Guardian is far better than anything I could write anyway. Long, but well worth the read -- the end is a kicker!

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