Monday, August 16, 2010
Xenophobia, the Cons, and the Plight of the Tamils
Oh boy. If you want to feel isolated and on the wrong side of public opinion, try suggesting that not only should we give the Tamil boat people a fair hearing, we should welcome them with open arms.
Like I did yesterday.
Nobody at work agreed with me. It was scary. I could see their brows furrowing, and their teeth grinding. And smoke starting to come out of their ears. You said WHAT??? Grind. Grind. Terrorists...queue jumpers...taking advantage of our generosity !!! Making us look like WIMPS !!! No way eh? Send them back in chains, and seize the ship !!!!
Or sink it.
And then as if that wasn't bad enough, then came the decrepit old Con Vic Toews. Trying to stir up fear and xenophobia for electoral purposes.
By grunting through his fascist zombie hole.
As if it was just some sort of criminal/terrorist plot, instead of the act of a group of desperate refugees. Fleeing the aftermath of a brutal war their side lost, and its bitter aftermath.
The failure to act has left victims of human rights violations with no access to justice, truth or reparations while hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans displaced at the end of decades-long conflict languish in camps or struggle to rebuild their shattered communities.
The aftermath of a war that lest we forget, ended with a horrifying slaughter of Tamil fighters and civilians.
And cold blooded murder...
So if a group of Tamils was so desperate to get away from a place like that, that they jumped the queue, I don't blame them. Desperate people tend to do that.
And when they say this.
"We have come here, to this wonderful country Canada, to protect ourselves and our family members from the murders, disappearances and violence that still exist in our native country."
I believe they deserve the benefit of the doubt, and a fair hearing.
And I think the way the Cons are behaving is beneath contempt.
“It’s is not the first time that the Canadian government has whipped up public anxiety at the arrival of asylum-seekers,” said Myer Siemiatycki, a professor in immigration settlement studies at Ryerson University.
What’s playing out “is the sixth or the seventh sequel of some Grade B horror movie called Here Come the Boat People,” said Siemiatycki. “It’s the same thing every time … it’s tiresome, unworthy of Canada.”
Oh boy. What have these Cons done to us? And how soon can we get rid of them?
Hi Tamils I'm Simon.
Isn't freedom beautiful eh?
Welcome to Canada...