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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, March 14, 2002

Did Mugabe steal the election? Canada will decide by 2003. Never let it be said that Canada rushes in where wise men fear to tread. Today, as virtually every other Western nation declared the election in Zimbabwe to be intolerably crooked, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien demurred, suggesting that he might be able to make a judgement about the election in a couple of weeks:

As the United States, Britain and other powers dismissed the re-election of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as undemocratic and intolerable, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said he wants to wait two weeks for an official report by Commonwealth election observers before doing anything. Mr. Chrétien's response yesterday was blasted by opposition politicians who said blood will flow before Canada begins to pressure the Mugabe government.

"I agree . . . that it does not look very good, but we have to follow the process of receiving the report from the observers before coming to a definite conclusion," Mr. Chrétien told the House of Commons.

Canadian Alliance MP Rahim Jaffer, whose family fled to Canada as refugees from an authoritarian regime in Uganda in 1971, responded, "It is a shame how many more people will be dead until that two-week process is over."

And don't get me started on Battlestar Galactica On Wednesday, Ken Layne ridiculed Donna Minkowitz's review slamming the new Star Trek series. It seems that Minkowitz, after applauding the socialist utopian worldview of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Voyager," is shocked by the overt racism and sexism of the new show. I enjoyed Ken Layne's takedown of this, and it also reminded me of the following: Back around 1991, a writer named (if I remember correctly) Errol T. Louis at the UC-Berkeley paper the Daily Californian wrote an article condemning "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as racist because 1) Worf was played by a black actor, hence conveying the notion that black men were non-human and essentially sub-human; and 2) Geordi Laforge was moved from the bridge to engineering after the first or second season, thus demoting the only human black man to a subservient position away from command center. Donna Minkowitz, how could you have been so blind to this?

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