Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Trudeau: another in a line of gaffe-prone Liberal leaders

The new Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau has demonstrated he’s as ineffective and maladroit as were Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff when it comes to making public comments at the wrong time and place.

Mr. Trudeau had hardly been through his coronation when he showed how ill-prepared he is for big-league Canadian politics. CBC’s Peter Mansbridge asked this question on Apr. 21:

Let me try to ask this as fairly as I can, because it’s only a couple of hours after something has happened that clearly was not an accident. In Boston, people have died, many people are injured. You’re the Canadian prime minister, what do you do?”

In answering, Mr. Trudeau rambled on at length about root causes and folks feeling excluded. Here’s a portion of his statements.

We have to look at the root causes…. There is no question that this [terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon] happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded, completely at war with innocents.

“Yes, there’s a need for security and response. But we also need to make sure that as we go forward, that we don’t emphasize a culture of fear and mistrust.

“Because that ends up marginalizing even further those who already are feeling like they are enemies of society.”

At a different time—say days or a couple of weeks—following such a terrorist attack, it would probably be wise to dig for root causes. But at such a time—just hours after terrorists had blown apart dozens of Americans—Mr. Trudeau’s comments were vague, wishy-washy and insensitive and, frankly, seemed just plain dumb to me.

After almost totally ignoring the victims and their suffering families, Mr. Trudeau hastily implied that American society (perhaps ours too), rather than the two terrorists, was the cause of the tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

There is no root cause that justifies attacks such as these. No alienation or feelings of exclusions can be used to excuse or explain the mindless action. This was a blatant, unjustified act of hatred.

At the time Mr. Mansbridge asked the question, I’d expect our prime minister to offer words of condolence to the victims and their families and call on Canadian officials to assist with medical help and the apprehension of the perpetrators and their accomplices, should such help be needed.

The root cause of the terrorist attack in Boston is evil—the very same sort of evil preached and practiced by what seems to be and increasing number of radical Islamists. And let’s not look for moral equivalency here, for no fair-minded person will find any.

American society did not radicalize these men, Islamists did. American society came to the aid of the bombers’ family and gave them a safe place to live and the opportunity to seek a good education and to prosper. Radical Islam offered them hatred and death.