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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.


Wednesday, June 19, 2002

What a tool. Tim Cooper is a Canadian expat living in Texas. Today he has a piece in the Globe and Mail on life near San Antonio. For Tim, the U.S. divides everything into "Us" and "Them," be it poor vs. rich (pre-September 11) or jingoistic chauvinists vs. open-minded people such as Tim Cooper (post-September 11):

Since Sept. 11, security -- or, at least, the illusion of security -- has altered its form. "Us" and "them" have united under the security of the flag. Patriots of all shape and measure have risen from the ashes of television images to form a unified alliance against the unusual and unknown. New lines were drawn to form a new "us." This includes those who love liberty and justice and most of all, America.

"Them" now includes all those who hate the aforementioned and have the gall to speak critically of the "greatest country in the history of the world."

Now Tim can get rolling. As an open-minded non-American-chauvinist, "I knew I was in trouble":

When asked my opinion of the terrorist attacks, I responded that "in the minds of the terrorists, their actions were justified." I was in no way implying that their actions were just or even right, but that there are radically disparate views that permeate the global mind-set.

Cooper then relates how this comment was misinterpreted because gossipers omitted the "in the minds of the terrorists" part, and spread throughout the small town where he chose to live, and caused him some big headaches.

This is utter bullshit. Cooper should incur some big headaches, if only for making one of the most fatuous statements I have heard in years. "In the minds of the terrorists, their actions were justified?" Every human being on earth sees his actions as justified! Hitler saw his actions as justified, as did Stalin, as did Amin, as does Hussein. Paul Bernardo (notorious Canadian sex offender and murderer)? Ditto. Given that everybody finds a way to justify their own actions, stating that a terrorist sees his action as justified is a totally banal comment unworthy of the breath it takes to utter it. There are only two inferences one can make when hearing someone say this: 1) this person sees some objective rationale for the terrorists to feel justified in their actions; or 2) this person has the intelligence and moral aptitude of a sea slug. Frankly, I think Cooper's neighbors gave him the benefit of the doubt by assuming the former.

Cooper continues. His pastor told him that:

I was always under suspicion based on my immigration status. Foreigners could never understand the pressures that come with being such a wonderful nation. Any statement I make that may be misconstrued must be constrained. It was, after all, for my own personal protection.... Apparently certain freedoms are suspended during wartime, especially freedoms extended to immigrants.

Yes, poor brave Cooper is one step away from being incarcerated in a internment camp. Why, his suffering is almost on a par with that of Japanese in the U.S. during World War II.

Compare Cooper's blather to the witty, urbane, insightful posting by U.S. expats in Canada such as Matthew Sheren or, say, Expatpundit. I think you'll agree that Canada is benefiting more from American immigration than the reverse.
Why the heck is this "Five Axiomatic Propositions" thing now so big?
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Laurence Simon writes about the most recent horrific terror attack on Israeli civilians far better than I could. It's impossible for me to imagine what the Palestinian extremists expect to gain from this. You'd think that they would notice that Israel has a consistent 54-year history of fighting back -- and winning decisively -- when provoked beyond endurance. Israel will not sit idly by while the Palestinians, and their sponsors in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, inflict a thousand cuts. And I sure as hell can't blame Sharon if/when he retaliates. If I were in the West Bank, or in Damascus, I would be very very afraid.

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