You Want a Fight?

October 28, 2014

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“€œIt’s been a tough week for Canadian Muslims.”€

I sincerely wish I were pulling your leg, but that’s really how the National Post began the somberly italicized deck it stuck on top of what was clearly a hastily arranged interview with career apologist for Islam Karen Armstrong.

Because after two Canadian soldiers have been murdered by Muslims in 48 hours, who better than Armstrong to help out with the “€œnothing to see here”€ whitewash? Hey, her name even starts with an A. No need to dig much deeper into that old contact list.

The Post went on to scold its readers: “€œ[A] predictable backlash has emerged,”€ you see. “€œOn Friday, for example, a mosque in Cold Lake, Alta., was vandalized, its windows smashed, its front defaced by graffiti calling for members to “€˜go home.”€™”€

“€œNever mind how many genuine crimes Muslims plan, and occasionally pull off, against everyone else, in Canada alone.”€

And, well, that was about it, actually. For a “€œbacklash,”€ it was less Kristallnacht than Kristal-Not. The Post‘s “€œfor example”€ was nakedly superfluous. Almost, weirdly, hope filled.

Never mind how many “€œhate crimes”€ against Muslims turn out to be hoaxes.

Never mind how many genuine crimes Muslims plan, and occasionally pull off, against everyone else, in Canada alone. (A handy, brain-numbing list starts at the 19:00 mark.)

For those of us following Wednesday’s terror attack via social and traditional media”€”hearts pounding, hands shaking“€”the experience was not without its moments of welcome comic relief, most of which bubbled up, it pains me to say it, from south of the border.

CNN (or as I call them, “€œthat irritating noise you hear at the airport”€) kept referring to “€œthe Royal Canadian Mountain Police,”€ for which gaffe they were publicly spanked by an unlikely ombudsman: a furious expat former Playboy centerfold whose husband wears more makeup than she does.

Even less surprisingly, MSNBC host Al Sharpton (?!) asked a remote reporter, “€œWhat’s the latest tonight in Iowa?”€

But I was especially struck, days later, by a homegrown tweet from one Michael Greenspan:

“€œNational Post, Nov. 28, 1963: “€˜It’s been a tough week for the Oswald family.”€™”€

The name “€œOswald”€ sprang to James Fulford’s mind too. At, he noted how quickly the media agreed to call Wednesday’s killer a “€œlone gunman,”€ a phrase he figures was coined for popular use to describe JFK’s communist killer.

“€œLone”€ Oswald was. Yep, I believe that, and so does Fulford”€”who adds, however, that “€œthousands of Leftists shared [Oswald’s] anti-American ideals. And there was, in fact, an International Communist Conspiracy, headed by the former Soviet Union, even if it did not authorize his shooting.”€

It’s a sign of how utterly witless the authorities are that the phrase “€œlone gunman,”€ like “€œlone wolf,”€ is actually supposed to be a reassuring one.

Leaving aside its metaphorical unsoundness from a sheer zoological perspective, the elite’s “€œlone wolf”€ trope reduces the rest of us to unwilling supporting players in a mashup of Groundhog Day and Gaslight. Precisely how many “€œlone wolves”€ does it, will it, take to change a country, or a mind? A few of us serfs dare to ask our betters.

James Fulford and I have had occasion to brainstorm before, at length, the last time a young Muslim man shot up a major Canadian city.

On December 6, 1989, fourteen female engineering students were shot to death by Gamil Gharbi“€”better known, thanks to some hasty mass media table magic, as “€œMarc Lépine.”€


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