I often refer to my country of Canada as "Kanuckistan". Why? Because the prevalent opinion of my fellow citizens seems to be exemplified around these tenets:
- America is evil and the cause of more problems in the world than anyone else.
- It's much better to be like Canadians and stick our heads in the sand, pretending that there's no evil in the world.
- If Canadians don't offend anyone then nothing bad will ever happen to us.
- Why are some people upset with Hezbollah sympathizers marching in the streets of Montreal? After all, they were only labelled a terrorist organization because powerful Jewish groups pressured the government into doing so. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
- Fidel Castro is not a bad man, just a misunderstood one.
- China is a benign country that will never cause any harm to anyone. Well, there was the issue of Tibet but I've long displayed a "Free Tibet" sticker on my car so I'm doing my part to help them.
- Israel is the root cause of all the problems in the Middle East. Those poor Palestinians. Isn't that horrible the way Israel has oppressed them. You know, Israel is an invention of the West and shouldn't really exist anyway.
- What's so wrong with Iran developing nuclear weapons? Israel and the U.S. have plenty of them. Iran getting them would be no different. They just need them to protect themselves from those crazy neocons.
- The violent actions of those Muslim militants aren't nice but such suicide actions are simply the only weapons they have to fight back against the horrible oppression brought upon them by Western nations. It's really our fault. Well actually, it's really George Bush's fault.
- Lack of history lessons?
- Guilt, pure & simple?
One of my favourite writers, Mark Steyn, is currently down in Australia on a speaking tour. In recent articles and interviews he is railing against the notion that all cultures are equal. The [false] premise goes something like this: "If you're standing in a room with say 2 Frenchmen, 4 Iranians, and 3 Chinese then your opinions about what is right & wrong and what is moral & immoral are completely wrong if the others disagree with you. For if the overall 'vote' sides with oppression and/or hypocrisy then they must be right and you must be wrong."
I vehemently disagree with this notion yet it clearly is the prevalent one in Kanuckistan these days. Maybe people will wake up after a Canadian city or airplane is attacked. Somehow I doubt it though; the apologists will still win the day.