The T Word.

OPINION| Anthony Dayton

Which one is your cup of tea?


Please be advised before reading on, should you choose to, that you are hereby being given a trigger warning: the subject of the next few hundred words could bring about an unhealthy increase in blood pressure, of foaming at the mouth and even of acts of violence in many readers, the subject being the current POTUS, the very President of the United States of America himself.

So virulent has proven the response of “the resistance” to the leader of the free world (full apologies to Canadians, but for the moment it is not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), that merely to mention the name emotes a visceral response, so much so, that the name now joins the pantheon of words that cannot be uttered, the N-word is the classic example for our times, and so are known only by their first letter. Merely to mention the name, or anything related to it, even in passing, is to focus the listener’s attention, not on the actual subject, but rather on the T-word itself.

For example, mention Elizabeth Warren and her – shall we say, s-t-r-e-t-c-h – in self-identifying as Native, and the listener, in this case, my dear sister, will immediately respond by deriding not Mrs Warren, Harvard’s quite white first woman of colour, but Mr T, for the sin of labelling her “Fauxcahontas.”  

Being partial to cheap puns, and given that the DNA tests Senator Warren herself decided to take revealed that she is no more Native than the average American, meaning that the slick play on the word/name Fauxcahontas is not inaccurate, I rather thought the name clever, if not, shall we say, presidential, when deployed by the current holder of said office.

Not so my own sister, who was more than willing to give the erstwhile senator a pass in order to slug it out with her tormentor, he of the orange hair, and by extension, me, for having uttered the name in the first place. There passed a moment of awkwardness until we could once again regain our rhythm and discuss the difference between her southern climate and my more temperate weather zone.  

For one’s star to have risen, or fallen, depending on the view, so quickly that he must now be referred to by the “T-word” is extraordinary. It is surprising that sociologists, culturalists, psychologists and the like have not begun to publish a storm of PhD theses analyzing the phenomenon. Perhaps they have more important avenues of interest to explore, or perhaps they fear their efforts being rejected out of hand when submitted to their advisors bearing the five-letter name that shall be nameless. And so, I suggest to them The T-word or even Mr T (more apologies, this time to actor Laurence Tureaud) that they might not miss such rich, fertile academic endeavours.

Having acknowledged this singularity, it is time to unpack it, to deconstruct it so as to glean some insight into postmodern society and into ourselves. However, the good editor of this publication, while bravely permitting a very risky topic that could destroy his entire legitimacy, albeit not without the stricture of a 400-word limit (we are now over 500 and counting), might well have run out of forbearance at this juncture. And so, most rare today, this essay leaves you to ponder yourselves the Mr T marvel, unhindered by the random and unenlightened thoughts of its writer, who in actuality knows no better than you. (Though if given another five hundred words, would probably take a shot!)

Anthony Dayton is a Canadian life-long educator, sometimes writer, part-time photographer.

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Canada’s national broadcaster (CBC) at its worst!

LATEST UPDATE! The Jerusalem Post reports: “Israel’s role was ‘indispensable’ in saving the lives of the ‘White Helmet’ rescue workers and their families, Canada’s Deputy Head of Mission Anthony Hinton told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. ‘From Canada’s perspective, Israel’s role was indispensable… there was no way to save these Syrians without Israel’s coordination, collaboration and leadership,’ Hinton, who was acting ambassador during the operation, said in a telephone interview. ‘The IDF were the ones who made it happen on the ground,’ he stressed.”

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Honest Reporting Canada and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on July 25, 2018.

CBC’s Appalling Coverage of Israel’s Daring Rescue of Syria’s White Helmets

Though Israel won widespread praise for its leading role and brave humanitarian efforts in the daring rescue of hundreds of individuals associated with Syria’s White Helmets, our public broadcaster, the CBC, produced truly appalling coverage that maligned Israel’s efforts.

Amazingly, though media outlets wide and far prominently acknowledged Israel’s integral role in the dangerous rescue mission, a CBCNews.ca report on July 22 failed to even mention Israel’s efforts at all. A report by senior defence reporter Murray Brewster entitled:Canada to accept up to 250 Syrian White Helmet volunteers, family after dramatic escape” originally only detailed how “Several hundred people — volunteers and their families — belonging to the rescue organization known as the White Helmets were extracted late Saturday from the southwestern portion of the war-torn country that’s being overrun by forces loyal to leader Bashar al-Assad.”

The story lead by mentioning (emphasis added): “Canada is among three Western nations that will accept hundreds of volunteer emergency workers plucked from Syria under the cover of darkness in a dramatic international rescue, CBC News has learned.” Untold in the entire article was that it was Israel who evacuated 400 White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan overnight at the request of the United States, Canada and European countries, as noted by Al Jazeera for example.

In a complaint sent by HRC to senior CBC Editors at 8:11am on Sunday, July 22, we asked why this vital information was not mentioned in Mr. Brewster’s report. After all, Mr. Brewster had mentioned the following other countries who were involved in the operation when saying (emphasis added): “The volunteers were spirited out of Syria in a highly secret international operation that involved the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, multiple sources told CBC News. Canada was not involved militarily in the evacuation, ​but ​helped lead the effort to bring them out of Syria and ​into Jordan.”

Again, why did this CBCNews.ca report by Mr. Brewster not mention that it was Israel who extracted them? We called on CBC to take immediate corrective action. Subsequent to our complaint, the CBC “updated” its report to acknowledge Israel’s integral role. The report now states in the lead: “Canada is among three Western nations that will take in nearly a hundred volunteer emergency workers and their families that Israeli forces plucked from Syria under the cover of darkness in a dramatic international rescue, CBC News has learned.”

The article continued by mentioning that:

The Israeli military said Sunday it was responsible for rescuing members of the Syrian volunteer organization from the volatile frontier area and evacuated them to a third country — the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s lengthy civil war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on Sunday saying the rescue came about as a result of recent requests by U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘and others.”These are people who have saved lives and whose lives were in danger,’ Netanyahu said of the White Helmets. ‘Therefore, I approved their passage through Israel to additional countries as an important humanitarian gesture.’”

As well, the following tweet from the Israel Defense Forces was published by the CBC:Nevertheless, the question that remains to be answered by the CBC is why wasn’t this important information included in its original reporting? We await the CBC’s official response to our complaint. CBC’s biased reporting about Israel’s rescue efforts of the White Helmets continued on July 23 with a report by Susan Ormiston on CBC The National. In a report about how the White Helmets became targets, Ms Ormiston stated the following (emphasis added):

Last week, as the war crept closer to Israel’s border with Syria, Prime Minister Netanyahu was asked to help the White Helmets out. Today he said the lives of the people who saved others are in danger. But his opponents accused him of trying to deflect criticism away from the escalating campaign against Gaza.”

https://www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=1283262019847 

CBC viewers were then shown footage of apparent Israeli air strikes on Gaza on July 18

Ms Ormiston’s stating that Israel undertook this daring and dangerous humanitarian operation as essentially a smokescreen to deflect attention and criticism away from its military efforts in Gaza, is unfounded and was a highly editorialized and inflammatory statement, instead of being neutral and objective. There was no place for this type of statement to be present in a report of this nature, irrespective of how this may have been phrased using indirect attribution (“his opponents accused him…”.

Furthermore, Israel is not carrying out a “campaign against Gaza”, it’s carrying out defensive operations against Hamas terrorists who have launched hundreds of rockets and incendiary devices across the border. We told the CBC in a complaint filed on July 24, that we strongly feel that immediate corrective action must be undertaken by the CBC to remedy this serious situation.

We await the CBC’s official response to our complaint.

It doesn’t end there though. In an interview broadcast on CBC Radio’s The Current on July 24 with guest host Megan Williams, CBC interviewed Bessma Momani, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation at the University of Waterloo, who outrageously claimed that Israel was attempting to “overplay” its role in the rescue efforts, brag, and was actually putting the White Helmets at risk.

To listen to the interview click here and go to the 49: 00-minute mark. Here’s a short transcript (emphasis added):

Momani: “But I would also point out that the Israelis, particularly Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army have tried to overplay, frankly, their involvement making this very much about a rescue that they committed and I would point out that that actually really harms the remaining White Helmets inside the country. So It’s really disturbing to see the Israelis take this line because it really just endangers them.”

CBC Anchor Williams: “How does it endanger them?”

Momani: “Well, quite frankly, it sort of feeds into the narrative of both the Syrians and Russian propaganda that somehow the White Helmets are western agents. So the remaining ones, we know that not all 800 that were sort of initially promised to come through were able to make the journey some of them got held back by roadblocks and fighting, now they’re in great peril and I think that’s really the unintended consequence of Netanyahu trying to get bragging rights out of this.”

Momani made these statements without any challenge from CBC guest Anchor Megan Williams. Indeed, Momani made similar comments on CTV News on July 22 where she felt it necessary to claim that Israel doesn’t deserve credit and that it did not have a “benevolent” policy. On Twitter she wrote:

Bessma Momani

@b_momani

This is key and to give Israel credit will only add to government and Russia propaganda that White Helmets are western agents. Media folks please don’t buy in to Netanyahu’s line either. Facts are key.

Elizabeth Tsurkov

@Elizrael

A lot of misreporting about the rescue of the @SyriaCivilDef & relatives from southern Syria tonight. The number of people rescued that’s being reported is incorrect. More importantly, this is an operation involving multiple countries working together. Israel is merely a conduit.

Momani’s interview on CTV News can be seen here:

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While Ms. Momani is entitled to her own opinions, it’s noteworthy to mention that it was Israel who “spirited” the White Helmets into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, before being moved to a camp in neighbouring Jordan. The Globe and Mail reported that: “The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) led the rescue effort, which was done at the request of Canada, Britain and Germany, who all committed to resettling evacuees. The operation was also supported by the United States. This extraordinary mission came together to save the White Helmets and their families, years after these medical teams first started working to save civilian lives in rebel-held areas amid the Syrian civil war.” Meanwhile, the Canadian Press and the Toronto Star wrote that the “dramatic rescue” was “orchestrated by the Israeli military and personally encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

TAKE ACTION NOW: As we’ve chronicled, CBC’s coverage on its website, radio and tv which maligned Israel’s daring rescue efforts of Syria’s White Helmets is deserving of your condemnation. We ask that all HonestReporting Canada subscribers file complaints, just as we’ve done already, with CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire. Please send emails as soon as possible to: Jennifer.McGuire@cbc.ca.

Antisemitism! The abhorrent display of pathological hatred of Jews continues.

This article has been updated from the original version.

The American writer Eric Hoffer once said, “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”

by Alan Simons

Saadia Gaon, (Sa’id ‘ibn Yusuf al-Fayyûmî) the great ninth-century Jewish philosopher born in Egypt and father of both scientific biblical exegesis and Jewish philosophic theology, who is regarded as the chief Jewish legal authority of his time in the world, commented that whoever is consumed by the desire for revenge gets into a frame of mind of refusing to accept intercession or entertaining any feeling of compassion or pity or listening to any plea of clemency.

Hatred and Revenge. Over one thousand years later Saadia’s comments still reflect the attitude that we have learnt nothing. For very little at this time seems to be based on the two-way acceptance of my world is also your world.

Today, among the lives of many people in America there are some who maintain that the best thing to strive for in their world is to take revenge on one’s enemies. Right now the satisfaction of the thirst for revenge cannot be clearer than it is in our society!

Today, we gloat over people’s misfortunes, we instil a hatred in each other’s cultures and religions that no civilized government has a hope in hell, or will in stopping. It is a hate that has its own direction, its own time and space, egged on by the perverse nature of fanatics utilizing the services of mobile phones, social media and Internet websites. Nor, one must not forget, the antisemitic actions of numerous religious leaders.

Today, the traditional western media broadcaster and newspaper, continue to flout their flag-waving old-boy school-tie elitists’ defiance to remain in a bygone era, in what they believe is their absolute right to express their view to us of what freedom of speech is. They must also accept responsibility for continuing to light the matches of religious hate.

hate (2)Today, what media has the moral fibre to acknowledge that the hatred of Jews is not primarily caused by the Middle East conflict, nor by actions taken by the Trumps of this world, but by the age-old belief of their Jew-hating forbearers across the globe, that Jews are a conspiracy for evil in the world? The Middle East conflict is the result, not the cause, of this appalling hatred of Jews.

Today, it is terrifying, not least because of the attitude of our society, which far from springing to the defence of Jews against inexcusable bigotry and mortal threat, is either indifferent to it or actually shares the prejudice and points a finger at our Israeli brethren for causing the threat.

Today, the non-Jew, in general, not only remains an indifferent individual towards their Jewish brothers and sisters but also to many other sectors of our society. Be it the Yazidis, the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, The Yemeni catastrophe, the children of southern Syria, and may I say it, the unspeakable and ongoing persecution in Arab lands of Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian Palestinians. Canada’s smug and self-satisfying image of tolerance to outsiders, compared to how it has treated its First Nations people, has been well documented and continues to be so.

Today, we make direct comparisons to what apartheid South Africa was and that of Israeli Jews and their Israeli Arab cousins. Insinuations about links between Jews and the Nazis abound daily.  

Today, we have observed what Beijing has called the “biggest [USA-China] trade war in economic history.” At a particular juncture, how many hours will pass before countless non-Jews express their abhorrent display of pathological hatred of Jews by accusing the Jew of having a hand in this trade war, just to make a profit?

In 1762, J.J. Rousseau, the 18th century French philosopher said, “The Jews in Dispersion have not the possibility of proclaiming their own truth to humankind; but I believe that when they once have a free Commonwealth, with schools and universities of their own where they can speak out safely, we shall be able to learn what it is that the Jewish people have to say to us.”

Today, in 2018, 256 years later, yes Jews have one thing to say. “We want frickin peace!”