Posted by Melody from sankhya2.math.ualberta.ca (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 5:26PM :
In Reply to: Re: Forum with Ross posted by Jeff from bgp01107368bgs.wbrmfd01.mi.comcast.net (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 4:50PM :
I hate to sound like Aprim, you know, pedantic, but I am pretty sure the forum was held on Sept. 24th. Who cares anyway? Does this inferiority complex of ours ever go away? I used to worry about telling Americans I was born in Iran. I had visions of them wanting to beat me up because they would recall the hostage crisis of '79. After reading Fred's writings, I've gotten over this irrational fear. I mean, our part of the world has made major contributions to the world so why should I have to hide this fact and try to pass for white.
Canadians have disappointed me after Sept. 11th. A sikh temple was burned down because it was mistaken for a mosque. And muslims did get harrassed. The most disappointing thing for me was the way mainstream media went along with the US on the 'war against terror' mantra. These days I cannot even listen to the CBC(Canada's public radio) without cursing and swearing. Our politicians just go along with what the US wants. There is hesitation on the Prime Minister's part about going to Iraq(Thank God) but Canadians sent troops to Afghanistan. I am more disappointed in Canada than in the US because I mistakenly thought Canadians were more informed,etc. The only reason Canada looked good in the past was because of its leaders. Pierre Trudeau was on good terms with Castro and Canadians did business with Cuba against US' wishes. Even before him, John Diefenbaker sold wheat to the People's Republic of China against US wishes. Now I am left wondering, where all the Diefenbakers and Trudeaus have gone.
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