Thursday, November 11, 2010

Theatre Of The Absurd: Are These Liberal MPs "Terrorist" Supporters?

I can't decide whether to laugh or spit. The baying of the hounds begins.

The CBC has revealed nothing particularly new here: "Five Liberal members of Parliament say they did nothing wrong when they accepted an invitation from an Iranian opposition group on Canada's terrorist list." I say the same - they did nothing wrong. As was quite proper, MPs Raymonde Folco, Carolyn Bennet, Rob Oliphant, Andrew Telegdi and Tom Wappel filed with the federal ethics commissioner the details their 2008 and 2009 visits to France at the invitation of Mojahedin e Khalq, also known as the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran. That is the big "news."

In June this year, I myself happily accepted an invitation to attend the same annual gathering of the National Council of the Resistance in Iran, the umbrella group that includes the People's Mojahedin -which is in fact a decidedly non-terrorist group, no matter what Canada's ridiculous, broken and unenforceable "anti-terrorist" laws have to say about the subject. I made the trip under my own steam, as if that should matter. I reported about it here.

In Paris I was proud to be in the company of the MPs Oliphant, Folco, Yasmin Ratansi and Pablo Rodriguez, human rights activist David Matas, former MP and current Burnaby - New Westminster Conservative candidate Paul Forseth, and former Alberta MP David Kilgour (who served as the emcee for the 2009 Paris gathering, attended by about 90,000 Iranians from around the world). Kilgour is as principled and committed a democrat as you will meet in a day's walk.

It can't be repeated often enough: The NCRI/PMOI is not a terrorist group. It doesn't matter what you or I think of their politics. The NCRI/PMOI has been given a clean bill of health by several European investigations and court decisions. The only reason the "terrorist" slander is legally applied to the PMOI in Canada is because the Americans do it. The only reason the Americans do it is to because Bill Clinton wanted to make kissy-face with the Iranian mullahs back in the day, and the mullahs wanted the Mojahedin listed by the Yanks. No wonder: The Mojahedin are Tehran's Worst Nightmare.

The result, whatever one thinks of the PMOI's politics or its past, is that the constitutional rights of all Canadians to freely associate with a major Iranian democratic front is arbitrarily circumscribed, usurped and trampled upon. It is all the rage these days to pronounce oneself a champion of free speech, but the inextricably-related freedom of association? Not so much.

Even as these Liberal MPs are being unfairly tarnished with the "terrorist" brush, we have the clerical-fascist Iranian regime's most effective propaganda agent, George Galloway, who is also the most eager fundraiser in the "west" for the unambiguously terrorist organization Hamas, applying bikini wax to his ugly face for another round of speaking engagements in Canada. What should you expect? Expect more lies.

That is what it has come to. The NCRI/PMOI is effectively criminalized in Canada, and brave Canadian parliamentarians who take the time to stand in solidarity with the Iranian resistance are publicly traduced, while agents of the Iranian police state - a regime that jails and murders trade unionists, womens rights' activists, and even hip-hop enthusiasts, if you don't mind - are allowed to operate openly in Canada and to come and go as they damn well please.

I'm getting tired of pointing this out: Here we have the red-fascist demagogue George Galloway doing what he does best, opening a new propaganda campaign for Islamist fascism aimed at the west’s liberal intelligentsia. Here we have one of Galloway’s most slavish admirers in the Canadian establishment media, doing Galloway’s propaganda for him. The clear evidence against Galloway hasn’t made a jot of difference. He’ll be warmly embraced. As he is here. Do you really need more?

A good primer on the legal issues involved in the Galloway fiasco is presented here, courtesy of the Osgoode Hall Law School: "George Galloway Was Never 'Barred' From Canada For His Politics": "
The definition of 'terrorism' provided in s. 83.01 of the Criminal Code provides that the offence requires a mental element." It is not sufficient that the accused knowingly participated in or contributed to a terrorist group. It must also be shown that the accused "intended to aid or facilitate its terrorist activity.”

Thus, plausible deniability is offered as a legal defence to every nutcase who might want to send a huge bag of cash to Al Qaida: 'Gee, I thought they would just use the money to produce public-service announcements about Islamophobia.' Thus, even a greasy little blackshirt and Hamas bagman like Galloway can slip in and out of Canada, untroubled by the law. A "mental element" indeed.

To make matters even more absurd, Canada's anti-terrorism laws make no distinction between clearly anti-democratic acts of terror aimed at civilians and legitimate acts of revolutionary violence (or even self-defence) aimed against police-states. There is a difference.

Fix the law.

In Paris with the NCRI/Mojahedin: Obscure American celebrity John Bolton with Canadian Liberal MP Rob Oliphant:


Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Linda McQuaig:

"Indeed, it seems likely Israel had a hand in the decision to ban Galloway from Canada. In March 2008, the Harper government signed a broad-ranging security pact with Israel. The pact, which has received scant attention in Canada's Parliament or media, established close Canada-Israeli co-operation in "border management and security," under a management committee comprised of Canada's deputy minister of public safety and Israel's director general of public security."

Clever Linda. She is leaving Harper a loophole just in case he wishes to reconsider: it's them Zionists what made me do it.

How come so many Canadian journalists sound increasingly like they are writing for Al-Jazeera?

4:10 AM  
Blogger Thermblog said...

How come so many Canadian journalists sound increasingly like they are writing for Al-Jazeera?

They're hoping to get better paid jobs there.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Thermblog: Too good.


1:25 PM  
Blogger dmurrell said...

Thermblog and Mark:
Yes, Tony Burnam ran CBC News like al-Jezeera, and after leaving the CBC he became the head of a-j English. There is money to be made by being anti-Jewish and supporting Islamist extremism.

2:17 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

Excellent piece, Terry. As for Linda McQuaig, she sold her soul to the devil a long time ago. Pity, really. I hate to agree with Conrad Black, but he was right about what she deserved.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Winston said...

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4:01 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

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4:07 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

Attention readers: READ THIS PIECE BY SOMEONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY VISITED IRAN and speaks the language and has written his thesis on history of Iran. Galvin is just a terrorist promoter and I have told him that privately in emails before. Shame on those stupid liberals and conservative-lites who attended the phony MEK rallies.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Winston: Deleted your previous point for libel. You completely missed my point. You've made yours. Now go away.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

You deleted my comment because you know I am right. Stop supporting terrorism.

12:31 PM  

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