Some readers will remember, Brigette DePape, the Senate page who went rogue and protested the federal Speech from the Throne in June 2011.
She promptly issued a news release to explain her actions and told us that our country “needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring,” which she described as “a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people….”
I wonder how the clever lass and her New Democrat handlers now view the turmoil that is a legacy of the Arab Spring they claimed Canada needed?
The Syrian civil war death toll has risen to more than 191,000, according to a recent UN report. Violent rapes, kidnappings and executions have become everyday occurrences in the Middle East and North Africa. A Sunni-Salafist branch of Islam espoused by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda is being used in the region to realize the long-held dream of Islamist militants of a rebirth of the Caliphate.
This new Caliphate—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)—is more than just a new Muslim country. It is intended to eventually encompass every Muslim on earth and to exclude all who refuse to become Muslims. ISIS offers conversion or death—often by decapitation—to its conquered populations.
ISIL/ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS), already controls significant portions of Syria and Iraq where there are Sunni-majorities. Its leaders are extremely anti-Western and promote religious violence against those, who do not agree with their interpretations, as infidels and apostates.
And one needs only to read about ISIL’s persecution and massacres of the Yazidi people of Iraq to understand the fate of infidels and apostates caught within the boundaries of the barbaric Islamist State.
By any reasonable measurement, IS is a common garden variety terrorist-criminal organization masquerading as religious zealots. It gives everything Muslim a bad name as it uses a grotesque distortion of that religion to further its criminal ends.
Many Muslims are speaking out against IS—though this did seem to take an unseemly amount of time to develop. What disappoints me, however, is the lack of noisy street protests we have grown to expect when Muslims have felt offended by some Western or Israeli act. And where are those on our university campuses who condemn Israel’s actions and advocate boycotts of that country’s products? Where are their placards and high-minded speeches?
Does IS’s barbarity not rise to the level that offends NDP and student leftists enough to offer vocal support for persecuted Shia Muslims, indigenous Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac and Armenian Christians, Yazidis, Druze, Shabaks and Mandeans?
On the one hand, a few cartoons appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and Muslim passions around the world and on Canadian university campuses were inflamed. Other drawings in 2007 had a similar effect. Such incidents have even led to riots and deaths.
On the other hand, rapes by the tens of dozens, murder by the hundreds and untold numbers of kidnappings and other atrocities and we are still awaiting the level of outrage a few drawings achieved.