Few countries have embraced the poison of muliticulturalism quite like Canada. Driven by an intense feeling of self-hatred for their majority culture and its ethny, Canadians decades ago embarked on a project to dilute its European-descended population in favor of non-Europeans from across the globe, opening Canada's doors to immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The result has been as predictable as it has been disastrous. Instead of the united, non-racist, dynamic multi-racial, multicultural society that Leftist Canadians had hoped would develop, a fractured, discordant seething sea of ethnic, religious and cultural rivalries has emerged, slowly eradicating any notion of what it means to be Canadian. Even when it comes to a simple matter like defending Canada from terrorists, the great multicultural enterprise of "community outreach"
demonstrates just how ill-suited a multicultural community is to handle its own defense.
The Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security had a noble mission when it was set up three years ago: to engage the country's ethnic communities in Canada's fight against terrorism. Some now call it the "circus."
The round table's meetings, which bring together national security officials and community representatives, take place behind closed doors, but a leaked tape recording of a marathon session held last weekend suggests that its nickname is not entirely undeserved.
About 50 invited guests and a few gatecrashers gathered for eight hours last Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto to pose questions to the city's top RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service counterterrorism officials. It did not begin well.
A speaker at last weekend's Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security meeting in Toronto, which brought together national security officials and community representatives, said Muslims were not involved in the 9/11 attacks and claimed seven of the 19 alleged hijackers were "alive and well." The discussions were set up three years ago to engage the country's ethnic communities in Canada's fight against terrorism.The first speaker, Ahmed Motiar, started off by sharing his curious theories of the 9/11 attacks, claiming that "Muslims were not involved and seven of the alleged 19 hijackers are alive and well!"
Then Cheryfa Jamal complained about a Canadian military exercise she said was held outside her children's Islamic school. (Her husband is one of the 18 men charged with belonging to an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group that was allegedly plotting truck bombings in downtown Toronto.)
"You're asking us here to have a dialogue, to bring our communities together, yet this is the kind of actions that we're facing every d ay," she said.
"My children came home upset. They thought the Americans had landed."
"Good lord," sighed another participant, before the meeting digressed into a shouting match between rival Muslim factions.
These kinds of "community outreach" meetings are taking place across Canada right now, as the government tries to combat terrorism by building bridges with ethnic communities in general and Muslims in particular.
The admission that the roundtable is meant to bring "ethnic communities" together is a confession that multiculturalism has failed in its stated (but not actual) purpose. Admitting large numbers of non-Europeans from non-Western cultures has not lead to the evolution of a cohesive Canadian national identity. It has destroyed it. But since that was the real purpose of multiculturalism in the first place, one might say it has succeeded beyond its creators' wildest expectations.
RCMP and CSIS officers have been spending their days off sitting through meetings like last Sunday's event, listening to a barrage of complaints and trying to clear up misconceptions about what they do and why they do it.
"We're going to continue to do our job," Andrew Ellis, who heads the Toronto regional CSIS office, told the round table meeting. "There continues to be individuals in this country who are representative of every community who are representing a threat, who are pursuing an agenda that's dangerous for all of us.
"And we all need to work together to be able to deal with that. Sometimes unfortunately these people are going to be arrested, they're going to be brought to justice and ? the criminal justice system will decide their guilt or innocence and let it rest there."
Notice the evasions and falsehoods that multiculturalism forces from the mouths of law enforcement officials. There are not individuals from "every community" preparing to do Canada harm. Does anyone expect Japanese-Canadians to suddenly start shooting up malls? Are Jewish Canadians on the verge of strapping on suicide vests to blow up churches? Have any French Canadians planned to hijack airliners and fly them into buildings? The answers are no, no and no. Terrorism concerns are localized primarily in one community, but officials can't admit that because it flies in the face of telling the truth that ethnic and cultural differences exist and that some groups don't want to be Canadian at all. To admit the truth instantly gives the lie to multiculturalism and exposes the sham perpetrated by the Canadian government on its people for the last 30 years.
The urgency for community outreach gained momentum after the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London.
The attack by young Britons inspired by al-Qaeda awoke Western governments to the emerging threat: The radicalization that was taking place within their own Muslim communities.
Since then, some of Canada's top-ranking counter-terrorism officers have been spending their evenings and weekends attending Islamic conferences and community functions.
In addition to the round table, RCMP and CSIS officers have been meeting imams and other community members in less formal gatherings with specific themes such as youth radicalization.
They even briefed Muslim leaders about the June 2 arrests in the Toronto terror plot before the news was announced at a press conference
Muslims in Canada are open to radicalization because they are Muslims. Non-Muslims do not get caught up in Islamist propaganda. The only reason Canada - like Britain - has a potential Islamic terror problem is because it allowed tens of thousands of Muslims to settle within its borders. Now it is beginning to pay the price for that decision.
But the Toronto round table meeting highlights the barriers that officials still face three years on: angry, sometimes ill-informed ethnic community representatives unable to move beyond venting at government.
"How long are you going to vent for?" said Salma Siddiqui, a Muslim who sits on the round table. She said she is frustrated that government officials who come to meet community members have to listen to insults, finger- pointing and 9/11 conspiracy theories rather than introspection and constructive suggestions.
"For the past three years, government has been engaging with goodwill. The government has come out in goodwill to listen. Now the goodwill has to come from those self-proclaimed leaders to come forward with some concrete proposals on how to move forward."
The invited guests last weekend included representatives of the Canadian Tamil Congress (whose former communications director has been arrested for allegedly trying to buy missiles for the Tamil Tigers terror group), World Sikh Organization, Simon Wiesenthal Centre and lobby groups representing Armenians, Japanese and Jamaicans.
But it was Muslim concerns that dominated the discussion. Imam Ali Hindy, whose worshippers have included several suspected terrorists, complained about six Muslims not getting security clearances for sensitive government jobs.
This is the new face of Canada: squabbling ethnic groups, disunited and vying with each other for political power based on victimhood status. It used to be that Canadians worried the Quebec might destroy the country by seceding. Now true Canadians look on in horror as the rest of the nation disintegrates in multicultural confusion and racial recriminations.