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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.





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Thursday, March 07, 2002

Innocent until proven Israeli. If you needed any more evidence of some groups' determination to demonize Israel and Israelis, the last week has provided it. First, as Damian Penny noted, some groups "discovered new evidence" that in fact one of the passengers on American Airlines Flight 11 was an Israeli commando, and that the CNN list of victims from that day didn't list him as an Israeli citizen. Aha! Here's the smoking gun: the 9/11 attack was masterminded by Israel:

03/02/02 At least one passenger on hijacked 9-11 planes now known to be Israeli commando. US media portrays him as victim, but was he really?

CNN's own website, which lists 9-11 victims by nationality, showed that only one Israeli, Alona Avraham, died in the 9-11 attacks and that Mr. Avraham was a passenger on one of the hijacked aircraft. Daniel Lewin's nationality was a secret on 9-11, or he would have shown up on the breakdown by nationality.

Danny Lewin's obituary on CNN.com from September 11 lays out his life story. Danny was born in Denver. His parents were from Israel, hence his dual citizenship. Danny lived in Israel for part of his life and served in Israel's armed forces. He then returned to the U.S. and co-founded a company called Akamai, whose products helped make fast Web use possible. He was featured on the front of a zillion business magazines. That's a hell of a cover story. So why was he not listed as an Israeli citizen on the Boston-Los Angeles flight? Because he was an American citizen. When my kid, who is Canadian by birth but American by parentage, flies within Canada, she's listed as a Canadian.

Two days later, these same sites "uncovered" the fact that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl also was an Israeli citizen. Aha! Here's the smoking gun: Pearl was a spy for Israel, and not the innocent victim that he seemed:

La Voz de Aztlan has just learned that the assassinated Wall Street Journalist, Daniel Pearl, was a citizen of Israel with close ties to the Zionist government. He was a frequent visitor to Israel and would stay with his grandmother who lives in Tel Aviv, the city where the headquarters of the Israeli intelligence agency , the MOSSAD, are located.

We hope that Mr. Daniel Pearl was not a CIA/MOSSAD operative using Wall Street Journal credentials to spy for Israel. If this is the case, than the world press should condemn these sort of practices because it places legitimate journalists in greater danger in an already very dangerous world.

Nice of them to hope that Pearl was not a spy, but it's pretty clear what they really believe.

It's repulsive that this is common discourse on some sites. It's doubly repulsive when, like the Daniel Pearl story linked above, it comes from student organizations such as La Voz de Aztlan, which have associations on most university campuses and (I suspect) get funding from student fees via universities' student governments.
Let's Rall. If I had one iota of talent, I'd try my hand at anti-Rall cartooning myself. But until then I'll continue to live vicariously through the work of hard-working anti-idiotarians such as Eddie Brown.
Damn that day job. My posting has been a bit light the last couple of days, and won't pick up until tonight at the earliest. Every now and then I actually have to show up and teach a class, and this really gets in the way of my blogging.
Blogger boxing redux: Jim Treacher politely declines the proposed boxing match between him and Elizabeth Wurtzel, emailing that "Wurtzel could prob'ly kick my ass with her coke-enhanced strength." Fair point! Jim offers the following substitute match: Treacher vs. Ted Rall. I think this sounds great -- brilliant, vicious satire is all well and good, but bloodsport would be even more satisfying.

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