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Michael Devolin

The Noise of Madmen
By Michael Devolin
Aug 19, 2011 - 12:25:29 AM

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In one of her recent articles, Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote, "Who would have believed that in the space of a few weeks the leaders of three major European powers (Germany, Britain, France) would publicly denounce multiculturalism and declare, in so many words, that it was a proven disaster and a threat to society?" David Cameron of Britain, she reported, complained that "multicultural values had not only led to segregated communities" but had also "imposed policies of blind toleration that had helped nurture radical Islam's terrorist cells." This is not what we are hearing here in Canada, although there are certainly many Canadians who would welcome such a declaration. And although I am happy with Prime Minister Harper's support of the State of Israel, I do not foresee any turnaround on the part of this Conservative government from a continued policy of promoting Canada as a "multicultural" country.

Canada is only a multicultural country within the boundaries of our major cities, primarily because immigrants tend to gravitate to those insular communities created by those from the same country of origin who arrived here before them. Hence, you have Tamil communities; you have Somali communities; you have Moroccan communities, etc. And when you throw Islam into the mix, you have immigrants who despise this country because it is so dissimilar to the country they've departed, specifically because in Canada, Islam is not given the preponderant status it enjoyed in countries where Western style democracy is held in contempt.

Outside of cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, etc, there is less than minimal multiculturalism. Whoever says otherwise is a liar. Beyond these cities reside those Canadians who wonder why so many of these "new Canadians" managing gas stations along our highways are in the habit of speaking a foreign language in the presence of Canadians--their customers--for whom such a foreign language will always remain a foreign language. But we are Canadian: we are commanded by those who impose this multiculturalism upon us to endure the insult of such disdain by those whom our tax-dollars deliver from evil.

These rural folk are the same Canadians who never asked for nor ever desired a multiculturalist state." These are the same Canadians who, when they read about the results of an Ipsos Reid survey in our newspapers, realize immediately the survey was taken on the streets of our cities and not anywhere near where we live and breathe and pay our taxes. We are those Canadians whom the talking-heads at the CBC erroneously but shamelessly portray as typical peace-loving, anti-American pluralists: we leave our doors unlocked and our hearts wide open to even the jihadists now touching down at Pearson airport or the Tamil Tigers now docking in Vancouver's harbour; we were against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan; we believe Israel and the Jews are the root of all evil and that Islam truly is the religion of peace. This is what the CBC tells the world, but this is not who we are. We are different than this.

Diogenes wrote that, "Calumny is only the noise of madmen." I don't know if he meant that such madmen are ineffectual or inconsequential, but if he did, he was gravely mistaken. Such madmen are living in Canada and are presently, with great diligence, tearing down our traditions and our pride and our patriotism. Some of these madmen made plans to behead our Prime Minister and detonate bombs at the CSIS offices in Toronto. But before these crimes could be perpetrated they were arrested, incarcerated and eventually taken to trial. (I stopped reading about the trial when it became apparent that the "mole" hired by the RCMP couldn't decide which allegiance was most expedient for him, whether to this country and its laws or to Islam and the Toronto 18.) There was another madman who opined on the internet that Islamists should kill Canadian soldiers before they left for Afghanistan. He was a "Canadian" offended by the idea of Canada Day. That this Islamist found an audience within our borders for such malevolence toward this country and its patriots speaks volumes about the fallaciousness of "multiculturalism."

"By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation," wrote Edmund Burke. The tearing down of this country is being carried out not by loud reformists but by insidious ingrates who hide behind computer screens while they promote the terrorist activities of our enemies. Ezra Levant reports in the Toronto Sun (July 19/2011) that a certain Monzer Zimmo, Heritage Minister James Moore's "financial and business development advisor," actually believes that Israel's Mossad were behind the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Mr. Zimmo disseminated his theories "At Moore's office...using a government email account." Ezra reveals that Mr. Zimmo also deprecated Canada's B'nai Brith as a hate group in one of his e-mails to Libby Davies, a notorious Israel-basher and an NDP Member of Parliament. Insidious ingrates though they may be, they are becoming, slowly but surely, efficacious in their efforts to transmogrify this country from a happy democracy into a political arena for causes and quarrels previously unknown to Canadians.

For most Canadians, overt patriotism is a new thing, especially since the war in Afghanistan. After watching on TV over 150 of our soldiers arriving home in caskets, we seem to have placed more value on the country wherefrom these soldiers departed to fight a war for a people for which Western style democracy seemingly holds no appeal. Patriotism, though, is passionately aspersed by the multiculturalists, as though to love and openly appreciate one's country is an intellectual misstep: being Canadian, in their view, should only involve accommodating new cultures to this country; it should not involve defending what have always been our traditions and mores particular to our place on the planet earth. Any sort of patriotism or definition disdainful of this obeisance is frowned upon and excoriated by those totally disjointed from the real Canadian consciousness--the consciousness of Canadians living outside the multiculturalist domains being spieled about from within government-funded media outlets like the CBC and Radio Canada.

David Menzies, a freelance writer from Toronto, was punched in the face recently by a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, apparently because he was pointing his camera in her general direction. This was at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada. He was informed by this screaming Muslim woman that he was not allowed taking photographs of Muslims. Menzies recounted in the Toronto Sun days later that at the moment he realized he had been punched in the face by a screaming, hijab-wearing Muslim women, he asked himself, "Am I in Toronto--or Riyadh?" I would dare say here that being punched in the face at Yonge and Dundas, in broad daylight, in the City of Toronto, by a hysterical Muslim was probably closer to Riyadh than it was to the Canada perceived and preserved in the hearts and minds of those Canadians living outside Toronto's city limits. Were such malevolent hysteria as experienced by David Menzies heard outside those city limits, it would certainly sound in the ears of normally amiable Canadians as the noise of madmen (or madwomen). It would not sound like "the true north, strong and free."

Michael Devolin


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