Wednesday, May 14, 2008 — Steven Muhlberger on Canadian Historians; Romeo Dallaire

Two inter­est­ing items over at Muhlberg­er’s Ear­ly His­to­ry. One dis­cuss­es the pecu­liar psy­chol­o­gy of Cana­di­an his­to­ri­ans who can’t quite make them­selves believe that Cana­di­an his­to­ry is wor­thy of being dis­cussed in a world con­text, and, react to the thought with the tit­ters of Vic­to­ri­an spin­sters spot­ting a naked bot­tom. [ The French Rev­o­lu­tion and Cana­da — laugh­able?] .Then he dis­cuss­es Sen­a­tor Romeo Dal­laire’s com­ments. blast­ing our gov­ern­ment for its hyp­o­crit­i­cal and immoral pol­i­cy regard­ing Omar Khadar, the Cana­di­an child sol­dier long held at Git­mo against all stan­dards of law and decen­cy. [Rule of law and human rights — only when con­ve­nie…] Spot on. I, too, looked on with dis­gust as our moral­ly puny Sec­re­tary of State, Jason Ken­ney (Con­ser­v­a­tive) gave a fatu­ous lec­ture on the nature of evil — to a man whose per­son­al knowl­edge of geno­cide, and whose eth­i­cal cre­den­tials stand as far above him as the Hub­ble Tele­scope stands above an ant on the shore of the Dead Sea. When Mr. Ken­ney spout­ed the pre­dictable “the end jus­ti­fies the means” clap­trap beloved by scoundrels, Dal­laire looked him straight in the eye and said: “If you want a black and white, and I’m only too pre­pared to give it to you, absolute­ly. You’re either with the law or now with the law. You’re either guilty or you’re not.”

Leave a Comment