Ranticles: A Canadian Soldier responds to Ezra
Ezra Levant publishes a noisy rag out of
Edmonton called the Western Standard. It may as well be called 'The Republican
Party of Canada Broadsheet'. Recently, it republished the Mohammed cartoons
that have been taking up way too much media space (which doesn't surprise me,
the rag is such that it would do anything to raise it's profile). This is the
same issue in which Ralph Klein's wife is insulted as being 'just another
Indian' (she's Metis).
Here's what a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan had to say
about Ezra's motives:
Mr. Levant, I am a Canadian soldier. I have friends
serving in Afghanistan. I'm gonna keep this simple.
We're fighting an insurgency in Afganistan. Unlike a
traditional war, the bad guys are hard to find and kill.
Canadian soldiers rely on sympathetic local folks to tell
us all about the bad guys. Without the goodwill of the locals, life is bad. The
locals happen to be Muslims. Are you with me so far? Good.
The Afghans who provide intelligence to us will probably
hear about a Canadian magazine publishing the cartoons. They may get mad at us.
They may stop telling us about the bad guys, or actually help them to target
us. Still with me? Good.
Your "freedom of speech" spin is crap. You publish an
obscure regional pamphlet. The controversy raises your profile, and (you hope)
While you flog your alleged devotion to "Canadian
Values", remember that this may blow up in your face. You've earned it.
In Afghanistan, far from your safe little office, other
things may be blowing up in the faces of my comerades because of your idiotic
You have endangered them all.
And here's what Conservative Defence Minister Gordon
O'Connor has said about the Western Standard's decision:
"...it puts the lives of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan at
And here's my take on the entire Mohammed cartoon
If I publish cartoons of Jews with big noses mocking the
holocaust, I can cry free speech all I want, but I shouldn't be surprised at
angry Jewish reaction (And let's not say Jews don't get violent, if anyone
cares to recall, Orthodox Jews have rioted over less in New York, Israel and
If I publish cartoons showing Catholics being fed communion
wafers made from flour formed from the ground bones of small children, I can
cry free speech all I want, but I shouldn't be surprised at angry Catholic
reaction (And let's not say Catholics don't get violent, French Catholics
firebombed a theater injuring 13 people when the Passion of the Christ
was about to be released.)
So if I publish cartoons portraying Mohammed with a bomb for
a turban with the shahadah written on it, I can cry free speech all I want, but
I shouldn't be surprised at angry Muslim reaction.
I love how people forget about the violent reactions of
other world religions when they are offended, and pretend as if it's only
Muslims who riot and throw things. As I mentioned, Catholics rioted and threw
things (injuring no less than 13 in one incident alone) over the Passion of
the Christ. Jews have murdered Muslims at the Dome of the Rock over the
offense they feel. As I recall, Oklahoma City experienced a colossal terrorist
act over the offense felt by an American over Waco.
Ezra Levant is just another in a long line of individuals
for whom free speech means sweet dick all beyond a means of self promotion.
Canticle on 2/16/2006.