September 9, 2005


Here's an essay that Oswald Booth Czolgosz (obc) wrote for a Western Standard contest:

Many Canadians have expressed their reluctance and even an aversion to extending any assistance to the United States in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the breaching of the 17th Street dike in New Orleans. Their reasoning (aside from the knee-jerk anti-Americanism that is spouted automatically by the CBC-listening Left of this country) is that the war against terrorism in Iraq has siphoned off the necessary funds that could have been employed to save the refugees of Louisiana and to rebuild the city more famous for its Mardi Gras revelry than for its civility. Why then should Canada come to the aid of the US? That would be tantamount to supporting the war in Iraq! That would be siding with the country that is eradicating the threat of Islamofascist terrorists that hangs over the civilized western world! We cannot be seen taking sides here. That would compromise Canadian neutrality – or some such nonsense. Moral equivalence must never be replaced with recognizing evil and eradicating it from the face of the earth! Otherwise, we would not be Canadian!

Now let us sneak a peek into the not so distant future when a similar calamity strikes Canada the Good.
Perhaps that long awaited earthquake devastates British Columbia, leaving that province incommunicado
from the rest of the nation and its ports damaged beyond repair. The railroads are no longer operational, the airports have all been rendered unusable, the malcontents rule what is left of Vancouver and Victoria while brandishing weapons that all other citizens are not permitted to possess. Now what?

The United States offers her sympathies and prayers, wishing her northern neighbour the best of luck in her attempts to recover from this tragic Act of Nature. (Not an Act of God, of course – Canadians as of late have been discouraged from invoking the Deity in public discourse.)

That statement by the Americans is subsequently followed by a deep regret - that they would have loved to come to our assistance but for the fact that it would be entirely unnecessary had Canada not squandered billions of its dollars on a gun registry that prevented not a single murder, an advertising scandal that funneled monies into the pockets of cronies of the Prime Minister and other Cabinet members in an ostensibly patriotic attempt to keep Quebec in Confederation, decades of unaccountable funds for the First Nations that never seemed to have reached the average Natives, a $750 million program to teach Albertans the French language (but no such program to teach Quebecers English), a costly Kyoto Treaty that most of the world has ignored or is not subject to, a useless fleet of used and flammable submarines that even the Edmonton Mall would not care to accept for free, the cancellation at great expense of a helicopter contract in the early 1990’s that was signed again a decade later at much greater expense to the public, and a whole host of other well-known boondoggles that cost the Canadian Treasury billions more.

Add to that fact that our own military is completely incapable of taking action due to a lack of manpower and funding that renders it so impotent that even a CN Tower full of Viagra would be powerless in the face of this national catastrophe.

Think about that while B.C. earthquake victims are struggling for a breath as they try to dig themselves
out of the rubble and the Canadian Dollar falls to 25 cents versus the American. Then pray to God that the US never adopts such a despicable stance in our time of need, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2005 6:00 AM

Bravo, obc. I hope you are still taking heartfelt compliments from Eastern Canadians.

Posted by: Peter B at September 9, 2005 10:58 AM

What's even worse is that the disaster he describes is going to take out Seattle and Tacoma, too. Here in the Upper Left Washington we are just as isolated from the rest of the US as the BC lower mainland is from the rest of Canada. So there will be a parallel US reaction, rescue and recovery going on. And we stupid Americans will find ways to ignore the border and treat the disaster in a unified way, knowing and not caring that grudging thanks are the best we can expect from eastern Canada and none at all from 2nd most useless city in North America, Ottawa.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 9, 2005 12:49 PM

Easy now, Raoul, OBC was describing a far-from-unanimous mindset, not actions.

Posted by: Peter B at September 9, 2005 1:49 PM

Also here and here.

Posted by: Peter B at September 9, 2005 2:17 PM

I know, but reports coming out Liberal Occupied Canada* all seem to support the impression that such views are becoming more common and acceptable. Then again, one of those articles you linked contained this:

The U.S. government response to the disaster has been widely criticized. Some politicians and editorial writers have called for the resignation of top Bush administration officials.

I realize that the US press inserts the same statements, but it's still annoying to see such editorial commentary in an article about thanks.

* At least until the CBC dropped all its talking heads. But they'd better get things patched up before "Hockey Night in Canada" is scheduled to return, or there will definitely be civil unrest over the lack of Don Cherry and What's-His-Name at the microphones, especially after a year without Arctic Soccer to mollify the masses.

(Then again, those CFL games without announcers makes one realize how intrusively annoying sportscasters are.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 9, 2005 6:46 PM