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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.


Sunday, April 28, 2002

Dissed again! Auughh! Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds has expanded his list of recommended Web sites for the first time in many moons, and I am still not on the list! Do you want to see me beg, Glenn? Is that it? Do you really want to see me beg?
Important actions by the Council of Europe. Fresh from their triumphant expression of moral equivalence regarding the Middle East situation, the Parliamentary Assembly has moved on to other pressing business. Here is the big event from Friday -- proof indeed that these Eurocrats play a crucial role in European civlization:

Spinal cord injury: the Assembly encourages research and prevention

Strasbourg, 26.04.2002 - The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly expressed concern about the increasing number of people living with spinal cord injury (paraplegia and tetraplegia) and proposed a series of measures aimed at encouraging research and prevention.

Mehmet Telek (Turkey, EDG), speaking on behalf of Miroslav Ouzky (Czech Republic, EDG), rapporteur for the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, called for improved co-operation between doctors and researchers and recommended the setting up of a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborative centre for the co-ordination of research into the treatment and cure of spinal cord injury and of a database. Member states should also increase financial contributions for research and explore the possibility of raising additional funding from road traffic violation fines, revenue on alcoholic beverages and taxes on health insurance. [NB: In other words, "The Spinal Cord Injury Tax Hike"]

Recalling that 2003 will be the European Year of Persons with Disabilities, the Assembly recommended improved advertising campaigns designed to reduce road traffic accidents, violence and drug and alcohol consumption.
You mean you believed all that stuff we said in the past? Hamas spokesman Ismail Abu Shanab, considered a "moderate" within the militant (read: terrorist) organization, now says that Hamas would be more than happy to go along with the Saudi peace proposal, and that all Hamas has ever wanted was a return to pre-1967 borders. Well, that last part's a joke on my part, but he says that a return to these borders "would be satisfactory for all Palestinian military groups to stop and build our state, to be busy in our own affairs, and have good neighborhood with Israelis."

Sounds great! Let's do it! Oh, but then he kept talking:

"There has been generation after generation (of war). Now there is a generation who needs to live in peace, and not worry about their safety," said Shanab. "So it is a generation that wants to practice living in peace and postpone historical issues. We speak of historical Palestine, and practical reality."

Asked whether "postponing historical issues" means that Hamas has not given up on its goal of eliminating the state of Israel, Shanab replied, "When I speak of postponement, I mean that there is a right for every generation to be satisfied with their condition. Now, when Palestinians and Israelis live among each other in peace, they may cooperate with each other in a way that everyone will be satisfied."

On the highly controversial "right of return" of Palestinian refugees, Shanab said that while it remained a central issue for Hamas, its resolution was not necessarily a precondition for a peace agreement. He said, "It is a complex issue and has 50 years of complexity. So let's solve it, but not right away...."

But Shanab repeated that Hamas would not link peace to the right of return: "We do not have to connect the issue. If Israel returns to pre-1967 borders, we will stop the attacks and postpone the right of return until later. If we have good will, we can solve it. Gradually, patiently, openly, and in devotion to good relations."

Forgive me for being a wee bit suspicious, but this sounds a tad like "withdraw entirely from the West Bank, let us establish our state and bide our time until we get our bomb factories up and running along the border, and then we'll revisit the right of return issue. And start bombing again."
Islam: Religion of Peace, part 1. This is something that I should have started a few months ago. We'd be up to part 150 or so by now. Evidence of the inherent pacifism of Islam, from a speech by Shaikh Saad Al-Buraik, an official Saudi government cleric and good buddy of Saudi Prince AbdulAziz Ben Fahd, King Fahd's youngest son. The speech was delivered in a Riyadh government mosque:

Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?

Oh, and Al-Buraik was the host of the two-day long telethon raising funds for Palestinians, which raised $109 million. He is also the host of "Religion and Life,” a program on government television Channel One and on MBC television owned by Prince AbdulAziz Ben Fahd.

Yes, Islam -- religion of peace.

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