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Undocumented Corpse

He’s a lumberjack, but he’s definitely not OK:

Federal and local authorities are investigating a deadly shooting by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Washington State.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agent fired when a suspected “illegal border crosser” assaulted him during a patrol along the U.S.-Canadian border on Thursday.

The reported shooting happened near the Huntington Border Crossing which connects the cities of Sumas, Washington, and Abbotsford, British Columbia. It is one of several area border crossings between the U.S. and Canada and is located east of Bellingham, Washingto, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Bellingham Herald newspaper, citing police radio dispatches, said the man was struck in the head.

“The agent had been hit by pepper spray but wasn’t seriously injured, according to police radio traffic,” the newspaper said.

The shooting apparently happened on an east-west road less than 1,000 feet from the border. Video from CNN partner CTV Network showed a covered body lying on the roadway, surrounded by police and investigation vehicles.

I don’t understand. They call him an “illegal border crosser”, but isn’t that an oxymoron? How far do you have to be from the border (in time or distance) before you become an “undocumented citizen” or an “American-in-waiting”? Instead of shooting him, shouldn’t they have issued him a tax refund? Sent him to college on in-state tuition? Given him a driver’s license?

Or does that apply only to “illegal border crossers” of the southern border? They can shoot border police down there with impunity. We even supply them with the guns.


How The Left “Thinks”

Yet another example of willful ignorance. Why are we obsessed with the religion of the Ottawa attacker?

Our obsession with the Ottawa shooter’s religion reveals more about us than about him

I kid you not; that is the title of the piece. Why, oh why, should we concern ourselves with his faith?

Yesterday, the media reported that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man allegedly responsible for a horrifying shooting spree in and around the Canadian parliament, was a convert to Islam. News reports on the shooting then spent much of the day fixated on that unconfirmed fact — even though there is as yet no evidence that his religion was a motivation for his actions. More sensational coverage discussed dubious social-media connections to ISIS.

These reports imply that because Zehaf-Bibeau was Muslim, jihad is the likely motivation for his attack. But at this stage, without any actual evidence, it makes no more sense to come to that conclusion than it would to assume that he was motivated by Quebecois separatism, just because he was from Quebec. At this point, our focus on the Ottawa shooter’s religion says more about our own fears than it does about anything to do with Islamist terrorism.

On some level, of course, this feels like an obvious connection to make. ISIS dominates the news right now and we hear story after story of people from Western countries joining its jihadist campaign. Surely, it seems, Zehaf-Bibeau’s religion must be relevant to the terrible crimes he committed yesterday?

But those assumptions start to break down upon a little closer examination. Is the theory that the only reason a Muslim would kill is in the name of Jihad? Muslims are just like anyone else, for better or worse, which means that just as an act of generosity by a person who is Muslim does not mean that act was motivated by Islam, a murder committed by a Muslim was not necessarily driven by Islamist extremism.

And on it goes… The writer wishes to make herself (and the rest of us) as stupid as possible. This is just breathtaking stupidity. I don’t even have a way to categorize it or a decent simile. It isn’t like asking why we have to eat, or why the sky is blue, because those questions have interesting answers. Instead, it seems to be saying – screaming – LIKE ME BECAUSE I AM SO GOOD!!! What is wrong with this writer????

– Aggie


“I Can See Canada From My House”

I guess even articulate presidents have off days:

QUESTION: Can you say something about Canada?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate — thank you. I had a chance to talk with Prime Minister Harper this afternoon. Obviously, the situation there is tragic. Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on behalf of the American people our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole.

We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions. But it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.

Hey, at least we got “terrorism” out of him.

And it’s very important I think for us to recognize that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity, that Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync. We have in the past; I’m confident we will continue to do so in the future. And Prime Minister Harper was very appreciative of the expressions of concern by the American people.

I had a chance to travel to the Parliament in Ottawa. I’m very familiar with that area and am reminded of how warmly I was received and how wonderful the people there were.

You’ve been to Ottawa, Mr. President? Cool! And of course, they loved you. Who doesn’t?

Q What does the Canadian attack mean to U.S. security, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we don’t have enough information yet. So as we understand better exactly what happened, this obviously is something that we’ll make sure to factor in, in the ongoing efforts that we have to counter terrorist attacks in our country.

Every single day we have a whole lot of really smart, really dedicated, really hardworking people — including a couple in this room — who are monitoring risks and making sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to protect the American people.

I just wish the election would get here “really” soon. I’m really sick of this.

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It looks like you might have to apologize to the Mennonite community, Aggie.

Looks like the Canadian jihadist might have had other religious leanings:

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified as the shooting suspect at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. One soldier who was shot and rushed to hospital later died of his injuries while three other shooting victims remain in hospital.

Canadian police are investigating Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

The gunman was reportedly dressed in all black and had a scarf over his face.

I wouldn’t call the evidence of his Islamic affiliation iron-clad, but suspicions are justified:

Long before the attack took place, Canadian intelligence experts were assessing the possibility of a terrorist assault, IBT reported. Indeed a report by NBC News, published in early October, said that the country’s top officials were investigating at least 90 people suspected of being involved in terrorism activities.

”Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,” the network reported.

”Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.

”Canadian officials are weighing increased security around public buildings in coming days, government officials there say.”

A day too late, I’m sad to say.


Terror Attack In Canadian Parliament

Several shooters, apparently

Multiple gunmen stormed the Canadian Parliament complex Wednesday, shooting at least one soldier and spraying as many as 30 shots inside the government building in Ottawa and leaving the nation’s capital on virtual lockdown just two days after a terror attack in Quebec, officials said.

Where have I been? I missed the terror attack in Quebec entirely.

The drama unfolded just before 10 a.m., two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over — and one of them killed — in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies. And on Tuesday, Canada had raised its domestic terror level from low to medium due to “an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations like ISIL, Al Qaeda, al-Shabab and others who pose a clear threat to Canadians,” said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.

BTL, did you know about this? Anyone? Back to Ottawa right now:

More shootings were reported less than a mile away from Parliament Hill, near Rideau Centre Mall, but police did not know if the incidents were related and said no arrests had been made.

“Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown,” said Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy.

Amazing. Is this another case of Mennonites Gone Mad™?

– Aggie


Put This in Your Pipe and Smoke It

Aggie posted a story about free crack pipes a couple of weeks ago.

The fad is catching on:

In an effort to curb the spread of disease among drug users, Vancouver has become home to Canada’s very first crackpipe vending machines.

Installed on the city’s Downtown Eastside, the machines offer Pyrex crackpipes for only 25 cents.

‘For us this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in Downtown Eastside,’ said Kailin See, the director of the DURC.

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney said he disagrees with InSite’s mission only supporting treatments that end drug use entirely and ‘limiting access to drug paraphernalia.’

‘Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities,’ he said. ‘We believe law enforcement should enforce the law.’

InSite argues that studies have shown harm reduction strategies lead to overall decreases in the infectious disease rates and make addicts more likely to get treatment by introducing them to health professionals.

‘This is one piece of a larger puzzle,’ See said. ‘You have to have treatment, you have to have detox, you have to have safe spaces to use your drug of choice, and you have to have safe and clean supplies.’

See argued that as every new HIV or hepatitis case could cost taxpayers up to $250,000 in medical treatment a mere 25 cents for a new pipe was a bargain.

This is an extension of the argument for free needles to addicts of intravenous drugs—and I don’t have an answer for either one. I take the side against the distribution of drug paraphernalia on the grounds that society shouldn’t encourage such destructive (self and otherwise) behavior. But I can’t dispute the other side. Giving addicts clean tools to poison themselves slowly (and cheaply) rather than slowly (and expensively) makes sense (and cents). My moral indignation feels powerful to me, but looks awfully puny next to a full-blown case of AIDS. Or even to the possibility of getting clean. What is my self-righteous condemnation compared to human potential to heal?

People make bad choices, to be sure, and sometimes those choices are beyond our fixing. Sometimes, people will die of their bad choices, and we can only watch (see Philip Seymour Hoffman). But what if we can buy them another day? I would guess that most addicts already know without our moralizing that what they are doing is wrong. But our moralizing ignores medical science if it does not acknowledge the chemistry behind addiction. Breaking the speed limit is wrong (not just against the law, but unsafe), but I do so routinely on the freeway. When I see a Statie, however, I can peg 55 mph for miles on end like an old lady from Poughkeepsie. No one seriously believes an addict jonesing for a fix (also unlawful, also unsafe) can make the same choice. Condemning such a person to die of a preventable disease (not before spreading it to others) seems a petty sort of moralism.

I seem to have made a persuasive argument against the position I hold. Maybe because I’m not sure; maybe there’s a compromise.


Maybe there’s room for moralizing and free (or cheap) crack pipes. A vending machine may protect addicts’ immune systems, but it gives up on their souls. Where’s the humanity in that? What if, instead, we sell ‘em cheap crack pipes and needles, but they have to ask for them from another human being? The answer will always be yes, but they have to present themselves and ask. We acknowledge their powerlessness over their addiction; they acknowledge their responsibility in their own health and safety. Might not that be the first step toward a cure? Isn’t that more hopeful than crack pipes next to Skittles, needles next to Diet Coke?

If we are to be truly human, there must be room for both moralizing and understanding. People will still die of bad choices, but the right choice should be available until the end. “Choose Life” is never a bad motto.


Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine

Avis boasts that as the number two car rental agency, they try harder.

Britain’s NHS puts that car in neutral and just coasts:

Jeremy Hunt said that the NHS was failing to “challenge low aspirations” and that a large number of hospitals, although meeting minimum standards, were not excelling.

In his speech in Dorking, the Health Secretary will warn that mediocre hospitals risk “failing” like those run by the scandal–hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. “Imagine for a moment that the main objective for our Olympic athletes was not to win but to ‘not come last’,” Mr Hunt will say. “It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

But today I want to suggest that too much of the NHS is focused on doing just that.

“Not on achieving world–class levels of excellence – the gold medals of health care – but meeting minimum standards, the equivalent of ‘not coming last’.”

He will add: “Coasting can kill. Not straight away, but over time as complacency sets in, organisations look inwards, standards drop and then suddenly, something gives.

“The lesson of Mid Staffs is surely that we need to understand why they fail in the first place, which means tackling mediocrity and low expectations before they turn into failure and tragedy.”

Good luck with that. What happens when they find that mediocrity and low expectations are not bugs but features?

I’ve been wondering, meanwhile, about Canada’s public health care system. We’ve heard anecdotally through Mark Steyn and others about criminally long wait times for abhorrently bad service, but next to nothing of that appears in the press.

Until today:

Steadily but stealthily, we were putting more money into health-care at the expense of spending on other government programs, and the politicians were afraid to talk about that shift. I was also aware that if you do not benchmark a program, you don’t know where you are, which in turn allows all sorts of mythologies and errors to creep into the public’s mind; as in Canada has the best health-care system in the world, whereas in fact, according to all the international evidence I could find, we have a middle-of-the-road performer, nothing better, despite being among the world’s biggest spenders for health. Since we weren’t having an informed debate about health-care as it is, as opposed to myths about it, I thought maybe a serious, balanced book could inch us towards a better understanding of where we are and where we need to go. All authors have their conceits; that was mine.

Sounds like mediocrity in socialized medicine is a contagious disease!

What’s worse, in their ignorance (on this matter, anyway), Canadians are happy to double down on the mythology.

Polling data repeatedly show that people do not want to pay higher taxes, and certainly do not want to pay from their own pockets to access the system, as with user fees. The Quebec government proposed user fees tied to income, with no fees at all for low-income citizens. The government withdrew the idea after the finance minister said that the “Quebec political culture” was not ready for this initiative. He could have been speaking about all of Canada.

Citizens do not favour the public system dropping any services, although a few provinces have done this to save money. Nor, of course, does the public want less money spent on other programs. No new taxes. No fees or private payments. No fewer services – indeed, more if possible. No cuts elsewhere. All the painful options – the ones politicians are reluctant to outline – have been pushed off the table. Politicians are left to resolve health-care dilemmas by pursuing the easiest one to articulate and the hardest one to achieve – the dream of efficiency gains.

You mean, like taking the blue pill or the red pill, instead of having surgery?

I still think the most telling fact is that the Canadian press is mute on the issue. No wonder Canadians are ignorant about the true state of their health care. They’re on the mushroom diet—kept in the dark and fed BS.

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The Doctor Will See You… Uh… Doctor…? Doctor…? [UPDATED]

Physician, heal thyself:

The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found.

The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act — a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans.

“The health care consumer that values the relationship with a personal physician, particularly in areas already struggling with access to primary care physicians should be aware of potential access challenges that they may face in the future if the production of primary care physicians does not increase,” said Dr. Andrew Bazemore, director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and co-author of the study published Monday in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Stephen Petterson, senior health policy researcher at the Robert Graham Center, said the government should take steps — and quickly — to address the problem before it gets out of hand.

“There needs to be more primary care incentive programs that give a bonus to physicians who treat Medicaid patients in effort to reduce the compensation gap between specialists and primary care physicians,” said Petterson, who co-authored the study with Bazemore.

That’s right, the answer to government interference is more government interference. Isn’t it obvious? Just ask us:

These problems loom even larger considering the aim of the Affordable Care Act to provide all Americans with health insurance — and with it, more regular contact with a primary care doctor.

Perhaps the best known example of this approach has been Massachusetts, which since 2006 has mandated that every resident obtain health insurance and those that are below the federal poverty level gain free access to health care. But although the state has the second-highest ratio of primary care physicians to population of any state, they are struggling with access to primary care physicians.

Dr. Randy Wexler of The John Glenn Institute of Public Service and Policy said he has concerns that this trend could be reflected nationwide.

“Who is going to care for these people?” he said. “We are going to have problems just like Massachusetts. [They] are struggling with access problems; it takes one year to get into a primary care physician. Coverage does not equal access.”

But we feel so much better about ourselves! Beat that, wingnuts!

Most experts encourage consumers to challenge the current system, hold political leaders accountable, insist that government officials demand change in health care system design, policy, and reimbursement, along with medical school admissions and residency position allocations.

I tried holding Harvard Medical School accountable, but I got escorted off the premises.

So I tried holding a political leader accountable—but he’s been in the hospital for almost a month:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino suffered another setback and will remain hospitalized indefinitely as doctors try to determine what caused a fresh surge of pain in his ailing back.

Speaking Tuesday at a press conference, two of Menino’s physicians said they could not give any estimate when the mayor might be released from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was admitted almost three weeks ago.

Menino, 69, was initially diagnosed with a viral infection and a blood clot. While hospitalized, he sustained a compression fracture in one of the vertebra of his spine.

Who breaks their back lying in bed? This fat goof, that’s who. And who stays in a hospital for weeks on end for an infection? See above.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will have to wait a year just to get into a PCP’s practice. Welcome to Massachusetts, everybody. You’ll get used to it if you drink enough.

Welcome to Quebec, the Massachusetts of the Great White North:

he Montreal Gazette reports on how this works out in a country where everyone has insurance courtesy of the government:

Surgery wait times for deadly ovarian, cervical and breast cancers in Quebec are three times longer than government benchmarks, leading some desperate patients to shop around for an operating room.

But that’s a waste of time, doctors say, since the problem is spread across Quebec hospitals. And doctors are refusing to accept new patients quickly because they can’t treat them, health advocates say.

A leading Montreal gynecologist said that these days, she cannot look her patients in the eye because the wait times are so shocking. Lack of resources, including nursing staff and budget compressions, are driving a backlog of surgeries while operating rooms stand empty. The latest figures from the provincial government show that over a span of nearly 11 months, 7,780 patients in the Montreal area waited six months or longer for day surgeries, while another 2,957 waited for six months or longer for operations that required hospitalization.

The worst cases are gynecological cancers, experts say, because usually such a cancer has already spread by the time it is detected. Instead of four weeks from diagnosis to surgery, patients are waiting as long as three months to have cancerous growths removed.

This War on Women is turning into a rout! They’re all dying off! We take no prisoners, women!

PS: Don’t you just love the phrase “government benchmarks”? I think that’s going to be my epitaph.

Here lies BTL, victim of a government benchmark.

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Mr. Dithers

Old-timers might remember Dithers as Dagwood’s boss in the old Blondie comic strip.

Doggone if he hasn’t made it to the White House:

THE POINTLESS kerfuffle in Charlotte over whether the Democratic Party platform would contain a reference to Jerusalem obscured the fact that the Obama administration and the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu continue to have a real and dangerous difference of opinion. The issue is not the location of Israel’s capital — President Obama’s position is identical to those of previous Democratic and Republican presidents — but the question of what to do about Iran’s nuclear program.

The acuteness of the differences was reflected in comments this week by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, who said he witnessed “a very sharp exchange” between Mr. Netanyahu and Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, during a Aug.?24 meeting. “It was very, very clear that the Israelis had lost their patience with the administration,” Mr. Rogers said in a radio interview.

[I]f Mr. Obama really is determined to take military action if Iran takes decisive steps toward producing a bomb, such as enriching uranium to bomb-grade levels or expelling inspectors, he would be wise to say so publicly. Doing so would improve relations with Mr. Netanyahu and deter unilateral Israeli action — and it might well convince Iran that the time has come to compromise.


Following is a statement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued late yesterday afternoon (Friday, 7 September 2012):

“I would like to commend Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for taking a step that showed leadership and daring and which sends a clear message to Iran and the entire world. One week after the display of anti-Semitism and hatred in Tehran, the government of Canada is taking a moral step of the highest order. Canada’s determination is very important in order for the Iranians to understand that they cannot continue their race after nuclear weapons. This practical measure needs to serve as an example of international responsibility for the global community. It is important that the international community join in this pressure by setting Iran clear red lines.”

Canada listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism and closed down its embassy. It’s also kicking out all Iranian diplomats.

While Mr. Dithers… dithers.


Canadians Now Richer Than Americans!!

Thanks, Obama!! Hope-n-Change!!! You Didn’t Build That On Your Own, Your Voters Did!!!!

Remember all those brain-dead lefties that threatened to move to Canada after Bush won in 2004? I bet they wish they did.

For the First Time, Canadians Now Richer Than Americans

For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American, according to a report cited in Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

And not just by a little. Currently, the average Canadian household is more than $40,000 richer than the average American household. The net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, compared to around $320,000 for Americans.

If you’re thinking the Canadian advantage must be due to exchange rates, think again. The Canadian dollar has actually caught up to the U.S. dollar in recent years.

“These are not 60-cent dollars, but Canadian dollars more or less at par with the U.S. greenback,” Globe and Mail’s Michael Adams writes.

To add insult to injury, not only are Canadians comparatively better-off than Americans, they’re also more likely to be employed. The unemployment rate is 7.2 percent—and dropping—in Canada, while the U.S. is stuck with a stubbornly high rate of 8.2 percent.

Besides a strengthening currency and a better labor market, experts credit the particularly savage fallout from the financial crisis on the U.S. economy and housing market, which torpedoed home values and gutted household wealth. According to the report, real estate held by Canadians is worth more than $140,000 more on average and they have almost four times as much equity in their real estate investments.

In a column for Bloomberg View, Stephen Marche traces the increasing wealth spread between the two countries to America’s “struggles to find its way out of an intractable economic crisis and a political sine curve of hope and despair.”

“The Canadian System is working,” Marche writes, crediting Canada’s cautious, fiscally conservative society. “[T]he American system is not.”

Well, Obama’s leftist approach is just working beautifully. Why should we be the richest and most powerful nation in the world? Why should our children go to school to study, say, how to be a middle school math teacher, and expect a job? Why shouldn’t they tend bar instead? Or become really awesome baristas? Don’t you hate it when your latte isn’t up to par? Me too. So, despite what you might think, this is a happy story. If you are a boomer or older, look at it this way. Do you want English speakers to clean your house, and eventually your bum as you sink into decrepitude? Why not hire your kids or their friends! Why should those little snots work on Wall Street or become fancy shmancey dentists? Better they should do our bidding all their lives! Hope-n-change, baby, hope-n-change. And progress. Indeed.

– Aggie

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They’ve Got to Get Out of This Place

If it’s the last thing they ever do. And it may be [hat tip Aggie, from the road]

A Canadian study released Wednesday found that many provinces in our neighbor to the north have seen patients fleeing the country and opting for medical treatment in the United States.

The nonpartisan Fraser Institute reported that 46,159 Canadians sought medical treatment outside of Canada in 2011, as wait times increased 104 percent — more than double — compared with statistics from 1993.

Specialist physicians surveyed across 12 specialties and 10 provinces reported an average total wait time of 19 weeks between the time a general practitioner refers a patient and the time a specialist provides elective treatment — the longest they have ever recorded.

“In some cases, these patients needed to leave Canada due to a lack of available resources or a lack of appropriate procedure/technology,” according to the Institute. “In others, their departure will have been driven by a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability.”

Selfish bastards.

“[P]hysicians themselves believe that Canadians wait nearly 3 weeks longer than what they consider is clinically ‘reasonable’ for elective treatment after an appointment with a specialist,” according to the report.

In a related story:

Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

Hey Canada, I think you can get to Greenland via the Arctic Circle. That may be a better option.


Save Moose Jaw!

Oh, all right, to be accurate, Moose Jaw is in Saskatchewan.

But the point stands: if fundamental rights are not protected in Medicine Hat (Alberta), they’re not protected anywhere:

The UN’s top human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, opened its current session in Geneva this week with some Canada-bashing. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, ran down a list of human rights issues around the world that in her view were particularly pressing: Syria for crimes against humanity, a military coup in Mali, torture and summary executions in Eritrea, political prison camps and public executions in North Korea – and human rights in Quebec.

The only human rights issue Pillay described as “alarming” were “moves to restrict freedom of assembly,” and the only alarming instance she could summon up were restrictions in Quebec. The only issue about which she said she was “disappointed” was the law in Quebec. And the only specific concern she had with the violation of “freedom of association” anywhere the world over was in Quebec.

What’s behind her preposterous move?

Oh, I think I know! Pick me! Pick me!

Ahem. The UN, especially its human rights body, could never be seen as an instrument of white authority. Hence, it must ignore some of the most egregious violations of human dignity among Africans, Muslims, Asians, Hispanics, etc., and instead highlight “injustice” in the Great White North.

How’d I do?


Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has long been familiar with this UN modus operandi. The Human Rights Council — created in 2006 as the new and improved version of the UN Human Rights Commission that once sported Libya as its President — has adopted resolutions and decisions condemning specific states for human rights violations. Forty-one percent of them have been directed at Israel alone.

By contrast, there has been no resolution about Saudi Arabia, which this week again beheaded someone for sorcery, witchcraft and adultery. Nor has there been a single resolution on China, where fleeing to the American embassy during a visit of the U.S. Secretary of State is the most viable option for a human rights activist wanting to leave the country.

Navi Pillay’s decision to target Canada in this go-round was, therefore, entirely in character. She is perhaps best known for having questioned the legality of the killing of Osama Bin Laden within hours of his death. She is also the lead champion of the Durban “anti-racism” declaration, and remained glued to her chair during the second Durban Conference — while diplomats from democratic states walked out en masse when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the veracity of the Holocaust.

The tragedy of the contorted view of human rights applied by UN officials anxious to impress UN majorities — Pillay’s term was renewed just a few weeks ago — is that Canada is a true friend of human rights at home and abroad. Over the years, regardless of party, Canadian representatives have never argued that Canada is above reproach and cannot do better. Not only has Canada been generous with human rights-related dollars on many fronts, for decades it has taken the lead at the UN itself on central human rights issues ranging from freedom of expression to Iran.

It’s no coincidence that the UN has turned on Canada as its government turned conservative. Under liberals, Canada was a reliable Jew-bashing vote at the UN; under Stephen Harper’s government, Israel has no better friend.

In other words, Canada was asking for it.


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