It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.
Chris Hedges

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Looking at Omar

Omar Khadr is exactly where he should be. Perhaps I'm becoming more conservative but when the kid chose to take up arms against forces that included serving Canadian soldiers then he got what he deserved. If he had not been wounded and taken prisoner he would have gone on the celebrity circuit back in Canada and become a jihadist poster-boy at the mosque in Mississauga. No doubt that while the men folk are off on their overseas adventure, the Canadian taxpayer is supporting mom and the girls back in Canada, knitting kafalas. He made the choice between snowboarding or waterboarding. And as for Robin Long... he didn't go to Canada to avoid the draft; he volunteered, for goodness sake. Desertion in the face of the enemy used to buy you a firing squad - which I am against. But he too will have to face up to his choice - 'to encourage the others'. During Vietnam, a significant number of Americans who hid out in Canada found comfortable livings as teachers in public schools. Their gift to Canada was a generation of white-wine-socialists, only too eager to tummyhug the barrel and lift their skirts, whining 'choose me'. I won't even mention how it affected the women. After all, look what Gary Bettman did to hockey in Canada.

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