by C. L. Cook
The small boat, traveled from across the world recently, its passengers a desperate collection of men, women, and children fleeing brutal repression in the wake of a failed popular uprising, has provided Canada an opportunity to define for itself just of what it is constituted and for what it will stand.
Fitting that aspiring migrants would prove the opportunity, for what else are all of us here on Turtle Island but peoples come from across time and space who by fate, chance, and weird fortune find ourselves shored up here, elbow to elbow, cheek to jowl, forced to decide just what this tossed ship of state is to be called and how this world is to be captained?
It's a rare moment, and one worthy of more than the proto-racist, hand-wringing calamity promotion purveyors of the new nigger population boom set to explode narrative the government of Stephen Harper and his media managers would like to restrict the debate to.
The press has been abuzz this past week as the MV Sun Sea and its "boat load" of what the fourth estate describes by turns as: "terrorists," and "criminals," and worst yet, "human smugglers" descending on the nation's shores, a "probing effort," bellwether signal they say the scheming "people smuggling, criminal terrorist hoard" in Sri Lanka are watching and waiting for.
They warn, Canada's willingness to shelter the remnant scatterings of the genocidal culling of the Tamil minority barely a year ago will be a sign of "our" weakness, prompting others forced to flee for their lives from the modern plethora of dime store demagogues, and good old fashioned Death Squad states the green light to "invade" the nation.
What the moral midgets calling for the swift return, boot in ass, do not pass go card stapled, no tattooed, to hand have mainly forgotten, or merely failed to remind in their haste to mount soap boxes in Victoria, speed-dial local call-in radio stations, and projectile blogviate across the "internet" is the recent horror the Tamil people of Sri Lanka experienced at the hands of the barely chastized Sinhalese supremacists still in power there. Fewer yet of these have speculated as to the fate awaiting those they would return to the concentration camps and killing fields so recently escaped.
I know the news cycle never stops, and especially now as climate disaster denier defying disasters are blaring from all media quarters it's hard to keep track of stories from all the way back in 2009; but, if we're to have a context, however gruel thin such a one is to be had, it is, I believe, important to take a little ride back in time a short spell. In May of 2009, the LTTE, or more familiarly called, Tamil Tigers surrendered to the their Sinhalese overlords after suffering three years of an intensified "surge." Uncounted thousands were killed and brutalized, and an equally unknown number of innocents civilians, guilty of no more in the main than belonging to an ethnic minority, and living in homes turned battlefield by the government armies.
Those armies were aided and abetted the great blood-letting that culminated last May by the governments of the "International Community" who declared the Tamil resistance and its insistence on a separate homeland within Sri Lanka illegal, and illegal too all those who assist the "terrorists."
Even as the Sinhalese army shelled the concentration camps Tamil civilians were herded into in the waning days of the Tigers' destruction. It is as though the Canadian government and its friends in the Anglo-American Axis, after witnessing a brutal aerial and artillery attack against a trapped population, declared the Palestinian resistance and its insistence it be free to self-govern within the lands of its history without fear of repression or summary destruction "terrorist" and illegal, and then deported refugees from that repression and destruction back to the turkey shoot.
It would never happen of course, but should it, it would be the same thing.
In a country without an ethical core, as Canada is today, a collective raison d'etre is required. For Stephen Harper and the Republican lights providing his media aura, the Tamil "crisis" is an opportunity to move the nation further towards the "illegals at the gate-crazed" constituency he would make of us. It is also a chance for Canadians recognizing this country has strayed too far from the enlightened, humanist tenets we so nearly realized here in the last century.
It is also a chance to look at our world and realize; while we can't provide shelter from the storm to the entirety of those so desperately needing it, we can afford to provide it for those few that make it here.
And, more importantly, it is a reminder to those that would call themselves our leaders; the failure to properly condemn tyranny abroad and to denounce in the most strenuous fashion its excesses can expect to see the victims of ignored atrocities shoring up more often here, just as we see today in Victoria. ~ courtesy: Pacific Free Press ~