As a Canadian, I recognize (and, truth be told, appreciate) our virtual invisibility on the world stage. We are, after all, a country of less than 35 million people, and accordingly, our impact on international events and developments is minimal. This doesn’t mean that our politicians don’t have delusions of relevance. Just look at how happy they are when they get to speak at an international climate conference or at the United Nations where they can boast about Canada’s immense contribution to curbing climate change or our fabled peace-keeping prowess.
But sometimes delusion leads to delirium, witness our Foreign Minster’s speech at the United Nations on March 28th. The subject was Global Terror and our esteemed minister delivered a speech wherein she proclaimed that “ … attacks by neo-Nazis, white supremacists,’incels’, nativists and radical anti-globalists … need to be at the top of the global agenda during discussion on … terrorism.” She went on to say that “ … as the Foreign Minister of a majority-white and majority-Christian country, I feel a specific and personal responsibility to denounce white supremacist attacks.”
Apparently, Ms. Freeland thought the problem of Islamic terrorism was of such minimal concern that it barely merited a passing comment in her speech. Why, one would think Ms. Freeland was the Secretary of State in Obama’s cabinet or a member of the French or Swedish or German or British governments with her refusal or inability to name those responsible for exponentially more terrorist acts than any other identifiable group over the past 40 years.
Yes, we need to be aware that there are extremists on both sides of the political spectrum capable of terrorism, but to willfully ignore the most significant source of the murder and mayhem currently besetting our world is akin to sending your army to the Bahamas when you’re being attacked by the Belgians (maybe not the best example).
Too many Western politicians and their media co-conspirators refuse to be truthful about the nature and origin of the terrorism problem. They try to deflect attention away from evil-doers hoping that they won’t target us. They fear naming the identifiable group and the religious justification for their terrorist acts lest they be labelled as racist. They minimize the threats to their citizens so as not to be second-guessed about their acceptance of vast numbers of refugees. They grossly inflate the number of terrorist attacks by non-Muslims to attempt some sort of moral-equivalency minimization of Muslim culpability. They greatly exaggerate the dangers posed by the alt-right as a means of attacking Donald Trump. And finally, there are too many who simply have no problem with Muslim terrorism so long as it just targets Israel and Jews.
I have a suggestion for Ms. Freeland. How about dealing with real problems rather than seeking to burnish your progressive credentials by erecting straw-men you can so courageously demolish? How about getting your government to address a real threat, namely the growing problem of anti-Semitism in our country (an average of 5 reported acts of anti-Semitism every single day in 2019, an increase of nearly 30% versus the previous year)? Perhaps you and your fellow ministers could work on plans to protect Jewish schools, synagogues and other institutions so that we don’t experience a Pittsburgh or Poway here in Canada. Start by reforming the antiquated gun laws in Canada that don’t allow security guards to be armed.
And as Foreign Minister, perhaps you could re-visit your government’s sending vast amounts of money to the terrorist entity controlling Gaza (over $100 million in the past 18 months)? If you truly want to address the issue of global terrorism, that would be a pretty good place to start.