Thursday, March 08, 2007
Michael Coren Pens Another Dispatch From Under His Bed
Unsurprisingly, the Sun's resident fascist (well, one of them) is displeased with the Supreme Court. What is also unsurprising is the Coren's level of terror has reached the point where he isn't even trying to hide it anymore.
By MICHAEL COREN
I'm sure we all feel a lot safer now that the Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous judgment that the government's security certificate system, used to detain foreign-born terror suspects, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court gave the government a year to re-write the laws.
That, by the way, is your government. The one that represents you, whatever party for which you voted.
Thank you for the civics lesson.
Just as a Liberal government would also represent all of the people. The Supreme Court, on the other hand, represents the Canadian legal community, which is arguably the most elitist and powerful in the country.
So a group of unelected and unaccountable judges have slapped your government on the wrist and told it to go away and change the way it protects its people.
That is correct. They did that because, in this country, we still have something usually referred to as The Rule of Law, which basically indicates that the government that represents all of us etc. etc. cannot in fact break the law of the land. Sometimes this concept works, sometimes it doesn't. This time it did.
Because they know more than the men and women of the police and armed forces, more than terrorism experts, more than agents who have put their lives on the line for years.
They know a fuck of a lot more about the situation than you do, Mike.
The certificates in question have hardly ever been used. A great deal of time and money was spent on something that concerned only half-a-dozen people.
That's right, because the Charter indicates that it is not legal to do what the security certificates were intended to do to even one person. Even if that person frightens Michael Coren.
Another example of the slow-motion surrender that seems so fashionable amongst Canada's chattering classes.
The argument, of course, is that this is all about freedom and that it is in our interests to speak out, because it will be someone else today, you and me tomorrow.
Thing is, this is utter nonsense. It won't be me or you because we don't closely associate with people and groups who believe in violent jihad against the West.
Brilliant! There is, of course, no possibility whatsoever that any government might ever be even slightly tempted to use the security certificates except against ferocious swarthy terrorists. Nope, no chance of that at all.
There is always the remote possibility that an innocent person may suffer, but surely the vast majority of Canadians see that as an entirely acceptable risk.
No, Mike, the vast majority of Canadians, the smart ones anyway, see you as a cowardly, disgusting, twerp. You just reinforced their opinion. And of course, when Coren starts going on about how acceptable it is that innocent people may get fucked over, he means "innocent people who are not Michael Coren, his family, or his very very few friends" (note to Mike: an unrequited crush on Barbara Amiel-Black does not count as "friendship").
The thousands of corpses in New York, Madrid and London are bloody evidence of this. Three cities that are particularly significant because they are in countries very much like Canada, where pluralism, tolerance and democracy reign, and Muslims, like everyone else, have full and equal rights.
It mattered not a spit. If anything, the greater the compromise, apparently, the greater the chance of armed attack by terrorists. People who slowly decapitate a chained and bound captive, play with the severed head and then literally splash around in the victim's blood are not likely to be influenced by compromise.
Yes, they're terrorists, we get it. Terrorists should be arrested and charged. I still don't see how giving the government carte blanche to vanish people is going to help with all this.
Whether we like it or not, we are in a great cultural war against terrorists who care even less for human rights than they do for human beings. They torture and murder innocent human beings on a daily basis. If anybody still doubts this, they are either a repugnant fellow traveller, or a complete fool.
We must not abandon our liberties in the battle for safety,
This after writing an entire column explaining why we have to do exactly that...
but nor must we abandon our safety in some blind attempt to appear fashionably liberal. The British, for example, have turned the other cheek to Islamic extremists in their country for a generation and now, according to Ml5, face a greater terrorist threat than at any time in their history.
This is not a game. Not some dinner-party debate where complacent people take comfortable positions.
Actually Mike, I'm very comfortable in my position that Canada should not hand itself over to fascism in order to defend itself against terrorism. I'm very very comfortable in my position that we should not be picking up political pointers from the likes of Augusto Pinochet.
While we argue the niceties of the Charter, the enemies of everything for which Canada and the West stand are planning to kill us. And we have a Supreme Court decision that is supremely foolish and another case of cowardice in the face of the enemy.
Do you ever get the feeling that Michael Coren really enjoys being afraid of things?