In Canada, more people are killed by moose (car accidents) than are killed by terrorists (in 2014 alone, 450 people were injured and five people killed just in BC).
In fact, no one in Canada has been killed by a terrorist. Admittedly, a few disaffected, disillusioned and isolated nut-bars have inflicted a few casualties on random citizens but bona fide, card-carrying terrorists?
The current media focus and parliamentary debates would suggest that we are over-run by Islamic fundamentalists. Why is that? Why is our attention being focused on something non-existent or slight at the very worst? Why is our (and our parliamentarian’s) attention not focused on basic infrastructure, hospitals, schools and constructive issues?
Why do we tolerate the murder, mayhem and general lawlessness in some parts of the country (like, Surrey) and instead focus on people wearing scarves on their heads?
Seven out of ten Canadians recently polled were dead set against that single Muslim woman wanting to wear a niqab during the citizenship swearing in ceremony. Why? That woman was required to show her face for all the official documenting. She had to be officially revealed to the officials time and time again during the real citizenship vetting process. All she wanted to do was be culturally correct (for her) in the swearing-in CEREMONY. Why do we seem to care so much about that one Muslim woman and NOT about the thousands of homeless people?
I recently received an e-mail from a friend. A nice person. It was a forwarded e-mail rant from some bigot that she agreed with. It was all about Islam and Muslims and Nazis and Jews and how we have to watch out for all that kind of thing. But there was no mention of Bill C-51 that gives the Feds unlimited surveillance and arrest powers. There was no warning for us of ever-encroaching Orwellian-type politics in OUR government. She is afraid of Muslim women in niqabs but not CSIS and the RCMP who seem to shoot, assault and taser people rather willy nilly in my view. Why is that? She’s not stupid as a rule……why is she fearing non-threats and NOT fearing real ones?
Let me be blunt: if you are going to be afraid, be afraid of real threats, not the bogey-men of the media, not the monsters-under-the-bed as described by our government. You want a threat? Try climate change. Try Bill C-51. Watch out for U.S. Homeland Security coming to a front door near you some time soon. You want a real threat? Go to a hospital and have an operation without getting C-difficile (the mini-epidemic in our hospitals). Try NOT paying your taxes!
“Isn’t there a real threat from ISIL?”
I guess. I don’t really know. I do know that I do not trust the government or the media to tell me the truth. But let’s assume for a minute that ISIL is a real threat. And we have to spend millions of dollars bombing Syria so as to protect ourselves. OK, fine. But is a niqab the uniform of an ISIL fighter? I don’t think so. Does CSIS and the RCMP need more controls over 35 million Canadians so as to catch a single mad-man running around with a checkered scarf and pressure cookers? I don’t think so. How have these thousands of armed and uniformed guardians of our country fared with the dumber-than-dirt drug-selling goofballs in Surrey? The answer: NOT so good.
I do not rely on the RCMP for my own personal safety. They might ask questions of witnesses later, after the fact, but how are they going to protect me from a nut-case before he or she blows a gasket? It’s not possible.
Bottom line: we are being misled. I have no idea why. Maybe fear-mongering is good for business. Maybe it is good for politics. I don’t know. But one thing is for sure: we are being misled. We are being lied to. We are being made afraid of bogey-men when there are more important things to worry about.
Like those damn moose, for instance!