Thursday, 23 October 2014

Canada Attacked

Canada is shocked by the shooting in Ottawa on Oct 22, 2014

We remember those who should be remembered.

The intent of the murderer who shot the reservist soldier, who was providing ceremonial guard to the Tomb for the Unknown Soldier, arose from unreasonable religious resentment and mental disturbance, according to the electronic trail.

Prime Stephen Harper said that Canada would not be intimidated.  He said the government will take all the necessary steps to keep Canadians safe.  He condemned the second brutal attack this week, especially the cold-blooded murder of Nathan Cirillo.  The incidents were direct attacks on Canadian values.

We now review whether we as a society are prepared to give up some of our freedoms in order to provide more protection.  We must admit that, we are at war with an enemy that considers its way of life can only flourish if ours is extinguished.  It was not our choice or intent, but we are at war whether we like it or not. 

Canadian values, as for example described in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Constitution, and the Bible, are clearly opposed and denounced on many jihadist web sites.  Freedom is not free.  Democracy and the rule of reasonable law will always have to be defended by each generation.

Let us be reminded of the goodness of Canada, and be thankful, while each resolves to live up to our blessings.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

WAIT FOR ME DADDY












Saturday October 4, 2014
The great unveiling was today.  The federal and provincial governments partnered with the City of New Westminster, and with the help of many others, dedicated a national landmark on the spot of a memorable news photo.

On October 1st, 1940, the British Columbia Regiment marched through New Westminster on their way to fight in WWII.   Claude Dettloff of  'The Province' newspaper was set up to photograph the soldiers coming down 8th Street.  With the click of a button at the perfect moment, he snapped one of the most famous war photos in history: "Wait for Me Daddy."

In that moment, little Warren “Whitey” Bernard broke free from his mother's embrace to reach out to his father, a soldier marching off to war.  This photo went "viral" for its time.   It was featured on the Oct. 21st cover of Life magazine in 1940, and was displayed in every school throughout British Columbia during the war.  Later, Whitey was used to travel and raise war bonds.

To commemorate this iconic photo and the soldiers who fought in WWII, the city of New Westminster unveiled a memorial.   Edwin and Veronica DamDeNogales won a competition to create the statue.  (Together, the DamDeNogales have 25 permanent works worldwide and have participated in over 70 exhibitions.)

It was only fitting that Warren “Whitey” Bernard returned to Hyack Square to unveil the monument.  The unveiling took place in Hyack Square at the corner of Columbia and 8th Street, New Westminster.   The BC Lieutenant Governor, MPs, MLA's, local Mayors, WWII veterans, senior Canadian dignitaries, the Royal Westminster Regiment, as well as Claude P. Dettloff’s family attended the unveiling.  Afterwards, the public surrounded the "Wait For Me Daddy" creation for their own memory picture.  The Canadian Mint unveiled a "Wait For Me Daddy" commemorative 'toonie coin' at the event, and Canada Post released a "Wait for Me Daddy" stamp, which were dispensed at the new Anvil Centre across the street. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Franklin Expedition ship discovered



Introduction
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Franklin Expedition ship discovered in early September by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition is Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus.   Sir John Franklin, who was in command of the Franklin Expedition, sailed on HMS Erebus.   The confirmation was made by Parks Canada underwater archeologists, following a meticulous review of data and artifacts observed from the Arctic Ocean’s seabed and using high-resolution photography, high-definition video and multi-beam sonar measurements.   This announcement comes just three weeks after remains of the ship were found in the eastern stretches of the Queen Maud Gulf off the western coast of the Adelaide Peninsula.
On May 19, 1845, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror of the Royal Navy departed Greenhithe, England, on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in search of a Northwest Passage.   Under the command of Sir John Franklin, with Captain Francis Rawdon Crozier second in command, the expedition’s two ships set out with a total complement of 129 officers and men.   The two expedition ships were last seen entering Baffin Bay in August 1845.
 
Quick Facts
The Government of Canada’s partners for the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition included Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency, as well as the Governments of Nunavut and Great Britain.   Private and non-profit partners included the Arctic Research Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who additionally brought in The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Shell Canada and One Ocean Expeditions as partners.   Since 2008, there have been six major Parks Canada-led searches for the lost Franklin Expedition ships, pain-stakingly covering many hundreds of square kilometres of the Arctic seabed.   The initial discovery of a ship belonging to the Franklin Expedition, made by side-scan sonar towed from the Parks Canada research vessel Investigator, was confirmed on September 7, 2014, using Parks Canada’s remotely operated vehicle.   On September 30, 2014, it was confirmed that the ship is HMS Erebus.   HMS Erebus was a Hecla-class bomb vessel constructed in 1826.   The vessel was named after the dark region in Hades of Greek mythology called Erebus.   HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were outfitted with steam engines (converted from railway locomotive engines), and had iron plating added to their hulls.
 
Quotes
“I am pleased to announce today that the Franklin Expedition ship located by the Victoria Strait Expedition in September has been identified as HMS Erebus. The locating and identifying of this ship goes a long way to solving one of Canada’s greatest historical mysteries.”   “I would like to congratulate and pay tribute to all those involved in locating and identifying HMS Erebus. I had the privilege of witnessing the remarkable dedication and skills of the search team first-hand during this year’s Northern Tour and it has left a lasting impression. I wish them well in their search for HMS Terror.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the UN

It was never the intention of the founders of the United Nations, Canada being one of them, that ours would be a world where terrorists could get the resources necessary to sow death and destruction, but where workers and families could not get jobs and opportunities, or where mothers and children could not obtain the necessities required to live and to thrive.
 
The world that Canada strives for is the world that the founders of the United Nations wanted from the beginning, as boldly articulated in their declaration of 1942: I quote, a world where ‘life, liberty, independence and religious freedom’ are defended, where ‘human rights and justice’ are preserved, and where all join ‘in a common struggle against the savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.’
 
In such a world, there can be prosperity for the impoverished, justice for the weak, and, for the desperate, that most precious of all things, hope.  
 
It’s easy to look at the many problems of the world today and become despondent.  Yet, for all our failings there has been, for most of humanity, tremendous progress in my lifetime.
 
Therefore, I am enough of an optimist to think that, because we can create a more prosperous, fairer and hopeful world, not only should we, but indeed, I believe we will find the will to do so.    Thank you very much for your attention.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

I offer our congratulations to the staff, volunteers, and philanthropists –particularly the Asper Family –who made the historic opening possible.   It took vision and dedication to bring to life the world’s only museum for human rights.   It will provide Canadians and visitors with an educational experience for generations.   There is a depth of planning in the design and content of the Museum that will amaze  –a truly a world-class museum.   It shines light on horrific violations of human rights throughout history, and reaffirms the axiom that the defence of human rights is a Canadian cause that must be taught and pursued by every generation to come.
85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0L5 (near the Forks)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Harper at the UN

PM attends United Nations Assembly in New York
September 22, 2014 Ottawa, Ontario
•Introduction
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will lead the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City from September 23 to 25, 2014.
In New York, the Prime Minister will re-affirm Canada’s global leadership in championing the health of women and children in developing countries. At the Every Woman Every Child event, the Prime Minister will join Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and fellow world leaders to ensure the international community maintains its focus and momentum on this priority development issue.
In addition to the Every Woman Every Child event, the Prime Minister will address the General Assembly, participate in a moderated question and answer session with business leaders, and attend a dinner on climate change with other world leaders. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, and Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular).
The primary objectives for Canada’s overall participation at this year’s United Nations General Assembly are to advance international cooperation on maternal, newborn and child health, and to discuss a range of pressing international issues, including Iraq, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the situation in Ukraine.
Quick Facts
•The last time the Prime Minister addressed the United Nations General Assembly was in September 2010.
•Maternal, newborn and child health is Canada’s top development priority. Our continued global leadership, beginning with the 2010 Muskoka Initiative of world leaders and reconfirmed at the 2014 Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit in Toronto, is ensuring that this important issue remains at the forefront of the world’s attention. The Every Woman Every Child event will continue this momentum, and seek to build a strong coalition of global partners committed to anchoring maternal, newborn and child health in the post-2015 agenda.
•In response to the situation in Ukraine, Canada has imposed 12 rounds of sanctions on close to 190 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities. Canada’s efforts in support of Ukraine to date include a commitment of financial assistance to support the economic and democratic reforms necessary to ensure the country’s long-term security, stability and prosperity.
Canada’s response to the crisis in Iraq includes support in the forms of humanitarian assistance, security programming, and in-kind donations. Canada is providing Royal Canadian Air Force transport aircraft for the delivery of critical military supplies and has announced the deployment of several dozen military advisers to assist Iraqi security forces confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the northern part of the country. In June 2014, Iraq was added to the list of Canada’s development country partners.
Quotes
“The world that Canada strives for is the world that the UN founders wanted from the beginning; a world where life, liberty, independence and religious freedom are defended, and where all will join in a common struggle against savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“The development of trade between nations and the delivery of effective development assistance to people living in poverty – simple practical aid – these things have become the signature of our Government’s worldwide outreach. In New York and beyond, Canada will continue to champion saving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable mothers, newborns and children and press for it to remain a top global priority.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canada has always been ready and willing to join with others to challenge affronts to international order and the rule of law which we have been witnessing in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It is a duty we accept and a record of which we are immensely proud.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

September 11, 2001

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the anniversary of 9/11 and to mark Canada’s National Day of Service

September 11, 2014  Ottawa, OntarioPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the anniversary of 9/11 and to mark Canada’s National Day of Service:
“On September 11th, 2001, a group of terrorists targeting New York and the heart of the U.S. Government silenced the futures of nearly 3,000 innocent citizens from the United States and around the world – including 24 Canadians.
“To the people who mourn their loss most profoundly, the friends and families of the victims, Laureen and I offer our respect, our condolences and hope that you find comfort in the fact that Canadians remember that awful day and grieve with you.
“A key lesson of 9/11 is to remain vigilant against terror groups and regimes that  seek to establish safe havens such as the one which existed in Afghanistan prior to 2001, where the 9/11 perpetrators were allowed to thrive.
“While 9/11 will forever be remembered for the senseless nature of the attacks, it is important to recall that in the midst of terror and destruction, there was also enormous compassion, giving, bravery, and generosity to eclipse that darkness.
“There were waves of first responders who selflessly risked their lives in the aftermath of the attacks. There was the service of volunteers – military and civilian alike – and the generosity of many more who lent a hand as Good Samaritans. Canadians in Gander, Newfoundland, and a number of other communities hosted several thousand diverted air passengers, treating these stranded people like family and friends, inviting them into their community and into their homes.
“It is in honour and celebration of these acts of kindness that Canada designated September 11th as our National Day of Service in 2011, a day in which charitable deeds, fundraisers and community service can act as an antithesis to the inhumane acts committed 13 years ago.
“Canadians continue to step up in times of catastrophe and hardship – whether the front lines happen to be in their community, in this country, or somewhere else in the world – to contribute their time, energy and personal resources to improve the lives of those less fortunate. It is a cherished value that is at the very heart of what it means to be Canadian, a value that shows no signs of abating regardless of the challenge.”
 
From the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Middle East


What are the long-term implications of the wars about Israel?   At the core, it involves an ideological objective to exterminate Jews and wipe Israel from the earth.   In the larger sense, it has little to do with hurting Palestinians being able to live in peace.   Everytime they have been offered a country, they have chosen war instead.

There is no lasting peace or a coexisting cease-fire that will endure with such deeply held beliefs by the populace in the surrounding area.   One can see the conflict in stark terms when one looks at a photo of the Jerusalem Temple Mount.   The Jewish Temple only has its foundation remains, and is not allowed to be rebuilt there.   However, built upon the Jewish ruins, are two Islamic Mosque structures.   Islam now commands paramountcy, and even tries to deny that Israel ever existed.  The picture reflects the clash of political and social civilizations.   Israel follows a western style democratic philosophy of governance and national aspiration.   The warring outsiders follow the inspiration of Mohammed and the consequences of Jihad.

Even in the most recent world-wide violence, we must not forget the importance of Mohammed, the inventor of Islam.   His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and they cannot criticize.   But if Mohammed had been a leader of peace, perhaps like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would not be much problem.   But history records that Mohammed was a dessert warlord, a murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages at the same time.   Islamic history tells us how he started wars, murdered enemies, and had prisoners executed.   Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.   His teachings can be summed up as “If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.”   Every reasonable rule has an exception in Islam.

Let no one deceive about Islam being merely a religion.   Indeed, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.   However, in its essence Islam is a political ideology that seeks world-wide control.   It is a comprehensive system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.   Islam wants to dictate every aspect of personal life.   Islam means 'submission'.   Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia and a world-Caliphate.   It is akin to old communism or national-socialism, which were deadly totalitarian ideologies.

The western media, in trying to be fair and appear neutral, significantly accepts the false Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as an oppressor and aggressor.   However, reasonable people, should support Israel, and speak out against wrong, regardless from where it comes, even Israel.   Nevertheless, in the current round of violence, Canadians should support Israel.   It is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz.   It is also the only open democracy in the region.   Israel is also the west’s first line of defence against the goal of world-wide subjugation to Islam.

Tiny Israel is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance.   Israel is facing the front lines of Jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia.   Israel is in the way, the same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

Middle-east conflict is not just a war against Israel; it is a war against the West.   It is Jihad.   Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.   If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its desire for conquest.   Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and Canada can sleep well, unaware of the political danger.

Some in Europe argue for abandoning Israel in order to address the disturbances of their internal Muslim minorities.   But if Israel were to go down, it would not bring peace to the middle-east, or any solace to the West.   It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behaviour, and accept western values.   On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.   They would see the demise of Israel as proof that the west is weak, and doomed.   The end of Israel would not mean the end of the problem of Islam, but only the beginning.   It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.   We have all heard leaders in the past say, that if they can get Israel, they can get everything.   

The evidence is clear that wherever Islamic philosophy dominates, it soon controls completely.   Then it means no freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, and an intellectual nightmare.

Freedom and pan-Canadian values are precious gifts that were won with a high price.   My generation never had to fight much for this freedom; it was offered to us by our parents and grandparents who fought for it with their lives.   Throughout Europe, large cemeteries remind us of those who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish.   My generation does not sufficiently own this freedom; we are its custodians.   We can only hand over this heritage by keeping faith.   Despite our strong desire for peace and security, there is no deal to strike with mullahs and imams.   We have to be informed to take the necessary action when needed, to stop the Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we love.

(Material borrowed from many sources)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Canada as Peacekeeper

Canada as Peacekeeper
The notion of Canada as peacekeeper resonates with many, but it is only part of our history and deep character.   Some present day socialists tend to deny Canada’s British origins, our warrior history and prowess in battle, and the values held that could involve terrible human sacrifice.   While we recount our proud military accomplishments as peacekeepers, that role must be placed in context.   In the future there likely will be less peacekeeping, as there is little peace to keep.   The age of suicidal terrorism and religious fanaticism that turns into armed action, is upon civilization again.   We must not selectively forget who Canada is, as it informs about where we must go to provide a better future for Canada.   A part of that understanding is the following statement.
August 9, 2014 Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark National Peacekeepers’ Day:

“Today we celebrate Canada’s long and proud tradition of contributing to international security. Since the mid-1950s, Canada has participated in dozens of international security missions around the world, helping to prevent or contain conflicts and contributing to global and regional stability.

“Our brave peacekeepers, which have included tens of thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members, police officers and civilians, have put their lives on the line around the globe placing themselves between hostile forces, supervising ceasefires and the withdrawal of opposing troops, providing valuable training and development, protecting and assisting civilians in need, and supporting international security operations and stability efforts. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice while undertaking these perilous activities.

“Canadians continue to play a vital role today in places like Haiti, the Sinai, Cyprus and South Sudan. I wish them well with their important work as well as a safe return home to their families and loved ones.

“On behalf of all of our citizens, I thank all those Canadians, both past and present, who have served for their remarkable contributions to greater peace, security and stability. Through their intrepid and selfless efforts, the world has known less conflict, war and strife.”


 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Middle-East War

An Israeli soldier from the Givati Brigade after returning to Israel from Gaza on July 30. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters
 
I have hesitated to chime in with comments, after the murder of three Israeli children, about the war and how divisive it is to Canadians.   We cringe at the suffering, while we try to understand why people behave in such ways.  For in recent times, the killing started in the late 1800's in that area, and it still goes on.  I now include one article that gives at least some perspective. PF
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You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?
For me, it boils down to 10 truths:
1. This is a fight about extremism. This is not a fight between Jews and Muslims. It is not a fight between Arab and Jew. “Our borderlines no longer separate Jews from Arabs, but people who long to live in peace from those who feed, ideologically and emotionally, on continued violence,” Israeli novelist David Grossman wrote in The New York Times July 27
2. Israel does not have a blank check for killing civilians. The carnage not only feeds Hamas’ media machine, it also weakens, casualty by casualty, the strong moral basis for Israel’s struggle.  
3. If you are pro-Hamas, you are anti-Palestinian. Listen to the words of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who defected from his father’s group due to its use of Palestinians as human shields. “Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise, Hamas is seeking conquest,” Yousef told CNN. “The destruction of the State of Israel is not Hamas’ final destination. Hamas’ final destination is building the Islamic caliphate, which means an Islamic state on the rubble of every other civilization.” Support for Hamas is support for continued Palestinian suffering. It is one thing to want Palestinian rights and self-rule: Israel acknowledged both when it withdrew from Gaza in 2005. But by maintaining an ongoing war of annihilation against Jews as soon as Israel withdrew, Hamas ensured the subjugation and blockade of Gaza. Shooting rockets to lift a blockade is like having sex to prevent pregnancy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on July 24. Photo by Siegfried Modola/Reuters
4. After the smoke clears, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to answer some tough questions. Why didn’t Netanyahu take advantage of a Hamas-PLO pact that severely curtailed Hamas influence? Did the Israeli security establishment use the kidnapping of three Jews, as the Forward’s J.J. Goldberg has asserted, as a pretext to upset Palestinian unity and scuttle any possibility of a negotiated solution?
“I ask the leaders of my own country: How could you have wasted the years since the last conflict without initiating dialogue?” wrote Grossman in the Times. “Why, for these past few years, has Israel avoided judicious negotiations with the moderate and more conversable sectors of the Palestinian people — an act that could also have served to pressure Hamas? Why have you ignored, for 12 years, the Arab League initiative that could have enlisted moderate Arab states with the power to impose, perhaps, a compromise on Hamas?” The fact that morality is on Israel’s side in this immediate conflict does not absolve its leaders and its supporters from taking correct action when the guns fall silent.
5. Going in now saved Palestinian lives. The discovery of a vast network of tunnels from Gaza into civilian areas of Israel proved just how critical the ground war was — and how lifesaving. Had Israel waited until a surprise, 9/11-style tunnel-based terror attack killed hundreds of Israelis, imagine the response. The Israel Defense Forces would have charged in full bore against an even better prepared Hamas. The death toll among Palestinian civilians and Israelis would have been far greater.
6. Israel may be losing support where it counts most: in the future. In the United States, younger Americans are far less likely to say Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip are justified. According to a Gallup poll last week, only 25 percent of Americans aged 18-29 support the Israeli position. American Jewish philanthropists need to ask what happened to the tens of millions of dollars they’ve spent to make Israel’s case.

Pro-Palestinian rally outside of the Israel Consulate offices in Los Angeles. Photo by Jeffrey Hensiek
7. Hypocrisy is the new normal. Blaming Israel for a disproportionate use of force? How many Iraqi civilians did America kill in the Iraq War? (At least 130,000.) How many American civilians did Iraqis kill? (245.) And where were all these protesters when Bashar Assad was slaughtering his own people? Twice as many Syrians were killed in war as Gazans last month. “If I were Assad right now,” wrote the Pakistani doctor Ali Rizvi on HuffPo, “I’d be thanking God I’m not Jewish.”
8. Israel, American and world Jewry is a community. The outpouring of support for Israeli soldiers, even among those who harbor doubts about the government’s policy, shows the deeper bonds of community — and destiny — that unite us.
9. Europe: Anti-Semitism is calling; it missed you. This war revealed the need for a serious set of government and NGO actions to deal with anti-Semitic forces in Europe, especially among Muslim communities.

Pro-Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag in Paris on July 19. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
10. There are voices of moderation, reconciliation and peace, and we must strengthen them. Pay no attention to people who think their side is completely blameless and the other side is 100 percent at fault. Pay no attention to people who assert that the conflict between Arabs and Jews is eternal and inevitable. In 1967, who’d have thought Israel’s strongest allies against the hare-brained cease-fire schemes of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would be Egypt and the PLO? There are moderate voices in Israel, in Palestine and around the world. We must defeat the extremes, and strengthen, support and give hope to the shell-shocked middle.

Rob Eshman is publisher and editor-in-chief of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal. E-mail him at robe@jewishjournal.com. You can follow him on Twitter @foodaism.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Nation Mourns

A Nation Mourns   July 1st 2014

Eyal Yifrach,19,  Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Fraenkel,16,  were laid to rest today.   These citizens of Israel had their whole lives ahead of them.   The lives of their families will forever be crippled by their kidnapping and murder.

The media must get, it that there is no equivalence between innocent students and terrorists, and no ethical journalist would draw any kind of parallel; too many do.

The situation for the kidnappings and murders comes from a culture where parents are proud, if their children murder their neighbours.   The Palestinian indoctrination is bold and overt in their school materials.   This culture abuses the minds of their children.

Failure of the media to report on this culture of hate is a failure to cover the most important force blocking coexistence and peace in the whole region.

Read the article by Bret Stephens (The Wall Street Journal)
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Where are the Palestinian Mothers?
A culture that celebrates kidnapping is not fit for statehood.

In March 2004 a Palestinian teenager named Hussam Abdo was spotted by Israeli soldiers behaving suspiciously as he approached the Hawara checkpoint in the West Bank. Ordered at gunpoint to raise his sweater, the startled boy exposed a suicide vest loaded with nearly 20 pounds of explosives and metal scraps, constructed to maximize carnage. A video taken by a journalist at the checkpoint captured the scene as Abdo was given scissors to cut himself free of the vest, which had been strapped tight to his body in the expectation that it wouldn't have to come off. He's been in an Israeli prison ever since.

Abdo provided a portrait of a suicide bomber as a young man. He had an intellectual disability. He was bullied by classmates who called him "the ugly dwarf." He came from a comparatively well-off family. He had been lured into the bombing only the night before, with the promise of sex in the afterlife. His family was outraged that he had been recruited for martyrdom.

"I blame those who gave him the explosive belt," his mother, Tamam, told the Jerusalem Post, of which I was then the editor. "He's a small child who can't even look after himself."

Yet asked how she would have felt if her son had been a bit older, she added this: "If he was over 18, that would have been possible, and I might have even encouraged him to do it." In the West, most mothers would be relieved if their children merely refrained from getting a bad tattoo before turning 18.

I've often thought about Mrs. Abdo, and I'm thinking about her today on the news that the bodies of three Jewish teenagers, kidnapped on June 12, have been found near the city of Hebron "under a pile of rocks in an open field," as an Israeli military spokesman put it. Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, had their whole lives ahead of them. The lives of their families will forever be wounded, or crippled, by heartbreak.

What about their killers? The Israeli government has identified two prime suspects, Amer Abu Aysha, 33, and Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, both of them Hamas activists. They are entitled to a presumption of innocence. Less innocent was the view offered by Mr. Abu Aysha's mother.

"They're throwing the guilt on him by accusing him of kidnapping," she told Israel's Channel 10 news. "If he did the kidnapping, I'll be proud of him."

It's the same sentiment I heard expressed in 2005 in the Jabalya refugee camp near Gaza City by a woman named Umm Iyad. A week earlier, her son, Fadi Abu Qamar, had been killed in an attack on the Erez border crossing to Israel. She was dressed in mourning but her mood was joyful as she celebrated her son's "martyrdom operation." He was just 21.

Here's my question: What kind of society produces such mothers? Whence the women who cheer on their boys to blow themselves up or murder the children of their neighbors?

Well-intentioned Western liberals may prefer not to ask, because at least some of the conceivable answers may upset the comforting cliché that all human beings can relate on some level, whatever the cultural differences. Or they may accuse me of picking a few stray anecdotes and treating them as dispositive, as if I'm the only Western journalist to encounter the unsettling reality of a society sunk into a culture of hate. Or they can claim that I am ignoring the suffering of Palestinian women whose innocent children have died at Israeli hands.

But I'm not ignoring that suffering. To kill innocent people deliberately is odious, to kill them accidentally or "collaterally" is, at a minimum, tragic. I just have yet to meet the Israeli mother who wants to raise her boys to become kidnappers and murderers—and who isn't afraid of saying as much to visiting journalists.

Because everything that happens in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is bound to be the subject of political speculation and news analysis, it's easy to lose sight of the raw human dimension. So it is with the murder of the boys: How far will Israel go in its retaliation? What does it mean for the future of the Fatah-Hamas coalition? What about the peace process, such as it is?

These questions are a distraction from what ought to be the main point. Three boys went missing one night, and now we know they are gone. If nothing else, their families will have a sense of finality and a place to mourn. And Israelis will know they are a nation that leaves no stone unturned to find its missing children.

As for the Palestinians and their inveterate sympathizers in the West, perhaps they should note that a culture that too often openly celebrates martyrdom and murder is not fit for statehood, and that making excuses for that culture only makes it more unfit. Postwar Germany put itself through a process of moral rehabilitation that began with a recognition of what it had done. Palestinians who want a state should do the same, starting with the mothers.
Bret Stephens





Canada Day 2014

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Canada Day

July 1, 2014   Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark Canada Day:

“One hundred and fifty years ago in Charlottetown and QuébecCity, our Fathers of Confederation first dreamed of a united Canada, prosperous, strong and free.

“As we mark the 147th anniversary of Confederation, we can proudly say that their great national dream has indeed come to fruition.

“Today, as we celebrate with family and loved ones, let’s remember what makes our Canada the best country in the world.

“It’s the moms and dads who pass on to their children Canadian values: working hard, doing what’s right, and determination to be our best.

“All Canadians cheered as we saw these values drive our athletes to victory at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“These values are also represented by our men and women in uniform who keep our streets and loved ones safe, and by those proud members of the Canadian Armed Forces who vigorously defend our rare and precious way of life.

“The members of our military have always been willing to give their lives to protect our freedom, promote our values and pursue peace.

“This year they mark special milestones: the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second, and the end of Canada’s military mission to Afghanistan, which we honoured across the country in May.

“Let their legacy in service of Canada inspire us to work harder than ever to continue to build our true North, strong and free.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and from my family to yours, happy Canada Day everyone.”


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ottawa terrorism

Terrorism, and its culture of ideas which breeds violence, is not somewhere else but here in Canada.

Noting Iran’s rising “anti-Canada rhetoric,” intelligence officials have been monitoring Iran as a terrorist threat to the Ottawa area.   The report from the Integrated Terrorist Assessment Centre, does not describe the specific threat Tehran poses to the Ottawa region.   In the past Iran has paid for Hezbollah make attacks internationally.

There was an Iran connection to last year’s plot to derail a Toronto-bound passenger train.   The conspiracy was directed by Al Qaeda figures operating out of Iran.

Foreign Minister John Baird continues to urge caution about Iran.   He said the Iranian political leadership had failed to fulfill promises of reform.   

Iran continues to terrorize its own population with Islamic-Nazism, with public hangings, kidnapping and extortion of families, unaccountable religious police, and denial basic freedoms such as religion, the media, or open political discourse.   The Iranian population are captives in the grip of an evil regime.   Since the Iranian leadership kills their own people, there is no restraining ideology not to continue to finance world-wide terrorism, and kill whenever it pleases them.  Canada is not immune from terrorism.

Previous attacks on Ottawa

There have been at least a dozen political attacks and plots in the Ottawa area in recent decades:

2011 Libyan Embassy: Seven young men were arrested after gaining access to the Libyan embassy in Ottawa and assaulting a diplomat.

2010 Royal Bank of Canada: An RBC branch in downtown Ottawa was the target of a firebomb attack by domestic extremists.

2010 Project Samosa: Three men were arrested in Ottawa for preparing to build IEDs for attacks in Ottawa and other Canadian cities.

2006 Toronto 18: Police arrested 18 individuals for plotting attacks at locations across Ontario, including Parliament Hill.

1991 Sudanese dignitary assaulted: Dr. Hassan Abdallah Al-Turabi was assaulted at Ottawa International Airport by a Sudanese refugee who was a martial arts expert.

1989 Bus hijacked on Parliament Hill: An armed man of Lebanese origin hijacked a Greyhound bus from Montreal to Ottawa citing political grievances.

1985, Canadians experienced the worst terrorist attack in our history when a bomb on Air India Flight 182 killed all 329 passengers and crew members aboard, most of them Canadian.

1985 Turkish Embassy: Armenian terrorists stormed the Turkish embassy, killing one Canadian guard.  The Turkish ambassador was seriously wounded when he tried to escape from an upstairs window.

1982 Turkish diplomat assassinated: Colonel Atilla Altikat was shot and killed in Ottawa while his car idled at a stoplight on the Western Parkway.

1982 Turkish Embassy: Armenian gunmen opened fire on Turkish commercial attaché Kani Gungor as he entered the garage of his apartment complex.  The victim was left paralyzed.

1977 Indian High Commission: The Indian High Commission (Embassy) in Ottawa was lightly damaged by a Molotov cocktail, by the Ananda Marga Yoga Society seeking the release of one of its leaders in India.

1972 Israeli diplomats: Six letter bombs sent to Israeli officials in Ottawa were intercepted and dismantled.

Canada cut off relations with Iran in September 2012, when Mr. Baird designated Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, closed its embassy in Ottawa and expelled its diplomats.   The measures were meant to pressure Iran over its poor human rights abuses, rogue nuclear program, support for terrorism, and backing of Syria President Bashar Al Assad.

Three months later, Canada outlawed the clandestine Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Canada has pushed for tighter sanctions against the Islamic republic.   Recently, the Ontario courts handed millions of dollars worth of Iranian government assets in Canada to victims of the Iran-sponsored terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Tehran’s anti-Canada rhetoric continues and is well-documented.   Through its propaganda channels, the Iranian regime threatened Canada with “swift retaliation” and labeled the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper “racist,” “radical,” “extremist,” etc.

In the meantime, we call on the international community to follow Canada’s principled example and unequivocally condemn Hamas’ recent kidnapping of innocent Israeli teenagers.   Hamas has had a long history of terrorist attacks targeting Israeli civilians.   This organization, which bases itself on its extreme Islamic ideology, takes great pride in celebrating its countless suicide bombings, rocket attacks and other acts of callous terror.   These attacks, which have resulted in the slaughter of thousands of victims are morally deplorable.

Today’s religious terrorists have no redeeming ideological belief system that is sane or understandable.

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2014 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism:

“On this day, we pause to remember those who have lost their lives due to acts of terrorism, both here in Canada and around the world.

“On June 23, 1985, Canadians experienced the worst terrorist attack in our history when a bomb on Air India Flight 182 killed all 329 passengers and crew members aboard, most of them Canadian.

“On this somber anniversary, we stand in solidarity with all families who have been affected by terrorist acts and honour the memory of those targeted by these hateful crimes.

“Our Government has taken action to fight terrorism in all of its forms, from our actions in Afghanistan to efforts here at home. Recent domestic initiatives include the adoption of Canada’s Counter-terrorism Strategy, the listing of several new terrorist entities under the Criminal Code, the 2013 Royal Assent of the Nuclear Terrorism Act and the Combating Terrorism Act, and the 2011 Kanishka Project – a five-year national initiative to improve our ability to counter terrorism and keep Canadians safe – all of which will help law enforcement and intelligence agencies to disrupt plans and preparations for terrorist attacks and investigate past acts of terrorism. Of particular importance is the passing of the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act in 2012, which allows victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism.

“Global terrorist activity in recent weeks has reminded us of the threat posed by terrorism and the pain and suffering it brings to victims. The numerous memorials and days of remembrance around the world bring us together to honour innocent lives that have been lost to terrorism, as well as provide us with the opportunity to reflect on the need for continued vigilance against the perpetrators of these heinous acts.

Canada will not allow terrorism to undermine our way of life or that of others around the world. Canadians reject the use of terrorist violence, no matter where it takes place. Our defense of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law will keep us strong. Our continued vigilance will keep us safe.”