By BETH DUFF-BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Mon Jul 4 via Yahoo News (Hat tip: Winds of War briefing):
TORONTO - Though many view Canada as an unassuming neutral nation that has skirted terrorist attacks, it has suffered its share of aggression, and intelligence officials believe at least 50 terror groups now have some presence here.I do not know, and I am absolutely certain I do not want to know, whether Canadians are as confused as the British when it comes to the concepts of 'democracy' and 'the law of the land.' (See my earlier post today.) But if by chance Canadians have been encouraging their Muslim community to think of itself as Muslim first, Asian second and Canadian dead last, my message to Canadian readers is that you'd better reorder those priorities fast.
They are from Sri Lanka, Kurdistan and points between and include supporters of some of the best-known Mideast groups, including al-Qaida, authorities say.
Osama bin Laden named Canada one of five so-called Christian nations that should be targeted for acts of terror. The others, reaffirmed last year by his al-Qaida network, were the United States, Britain, Spain and Australia.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, [Canadian] counterpart of the CIA, said terrorist representatives are actively raising money, procuring weapons, "manipulating immigrant communities" and facilitating travel to and from the United States and other countries.
Besides al-Qaida, those groups include Islamic Jihad; Hezbollah and other Shiite groups; Hamas, the Palestinian Force 17, Egyptian Al Jihad and various other Sunni groups from across the Middle East, CSIS [(US) Center for Strategic and International Studies] said. [...]
I don't want any letters about the French and the Quebec Problem. I understand if you start down the road that al Qaeda and other terror groups will hook up with Canadians of French ancestry who want to break off from Canada, if they haven't done so already.
But it is past time to confront where pandering to the ethnic background of a nation's citizens leads. It leads to balkanization. It leads to the weakening of national laws. It leads to the weakening of the concepts of democracy and nationhood. It leads to abandoning the concept of citizenship. From there, it's a hop and skip back to the era that saw human tribes living in the trees.
Do you think our ancestors clawed their way of the trees, battled their way out of the caves, poured oceans of their blood into creating civilization, to see their descendants return to square one?
Get it straight: the way is forward not back. If the immigrants to your country and those of French ancestry have only the haziest grasp of the concept of "citizenship," it is your responsibility to educate them.
Nothing about humanity's achievements is written in stone. Nothing is guaranteed about what we've achieved via nationhood, which made possible liberal democracy. These are processes, which must be constantly tended to, if they are not to vanish.
However, snapping at the Canadians about pandering to the ethhic background of their citizens is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. We have done a great deal of pandering right here in the USA. As to where this has led, consider the following quotes from a report by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Shawn Macomber published in October 2004 in Front Page Magazine.*
[...] Long term, if Soros has his way, the United States won’t even remain territorially intact. He funds both the National Council of La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, two groups that want to essentially eliminate America’s borders.Actually, it is George Soros who is an anachronism. His view that it's perfectly fine to break "the rules;" e.g., sovereign laws, in order to bring about regime change is part of the Cold War model that set in place one phony democractic government after another, with diastrous results for genuine democracy. Now it's a new day, much to Soros' confusion. Of course he can always try to sell his services to Beijing.
In a much hailed 1997 speech to the National Council of La Raza, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo said that he “proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory” enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important a very important part of this.
OSI has likewise contributed $65,000 to the Malcolm X Grassroots movement, which wants to establish an all-black homeland in the Southeastern United States, from South Carolina to Louisiana. It would be communist, of course.
“Most disturbing, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s website lionizes a group of ‘political prisoners,’ all of whom were convicted of killing policemen,” writes FrontPage Magazine editor Ben Johnson. “Sundiata Acoli, Robert Seth Hayes, Jalil Muntaquin, Herman Bell and Russell Maroon Shoats were all radical black revolutionaries, serving with the Black Panthers and/or Black Liberation Army.”
These murders, according to the group’s website, were perfectly acceptable: “In 1970, along with 5 others, Maroon was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community.”
Soros has funded legal defense for illegal immigrants, helping them to stay in the country and…stay on welfare, too. His Emma Lazarus Fund (named after the poet whose words grace the Statue of Liberty) was initiated after Soros became infuriated with a new federal law restricting food stamps and Supplemental Security Income Benefits to non-citizens. Soros called this modest roadblock in the way of the expansion of the bloated welfare state as “a clear-cut case of injustice.”
In September 2003 Soros was invited to speak at one of the State Department’s Open Forums, where he laid out his hyper-internationalist aspirations for American society, including his proposed “modification of the concept of sovereignty” which is needed because “sovereignty is basically somewhat anachronistic.”
As to how Soros got his American citizenship while immigrants who gave up everything to come here patiently waited in line for many years, go ask the US Department of State. Yet the Soros Frankenstein and the foreign business interests he represents have simply taken advantage of the fact that many Americans are asleep at the wheel.
* The Soros-Kerry Nexus