This has been an exciting couple of
weeks, what with Hedy Fry of the burning
crosses department, the witch-hunting
Vancouver Sun and its
"anti-Semitic" scare stories,
plus media mogul Conrad Black and his
perfervid pro-Zionist stance.
takes the Nobel Prize for lying, of
course, which is why she's taken second
place only to Jean Cretin himself on the
news pages. That she could say that
crosses were being burnt on Prince
George lawns "even as I speak"
makes her a case for the men in white
coats. But one shouldn't be surprised.
She's a star of the liberal left and is
always yakking on about
"racism", by which she means
anyone who doesn't want to see the
country flooded by the likes of her.
She's a super-fem who arrived here
from Trinidad, became president of the
B.C. Medical Association, was elected to
parliament (by nit-wits in Vancouver
Centre, the homo capital of the West
Coast) was chosen by Cretin to become
our loony Minister for Multicult, and
yet natters night and day about
If this country is racist, how did
she get where she is? But one might put
the same question to our Sikh Premier,
Ujjal Dosanjh, another anti-racism
crusader who has ridden on white backs
to the province's top spot.
Fry is not the only one who has
crosses on the brain. David Lethbridge,
the communist academic in Salmon Arm,
suffers from the same complaint. His
daft cry was taken up by Warren Kinsella
in his book Web of Hate, and it was
equally fictitious. No point in
Lethbridge's head being looked at by Dr.
Fry, though, because they are birds of a
But perhaps we shouldn't be too hard
on Fry, who has been well fried. She may
have lied, she may be a hater who
professes to hate hatred, but she's just
part of the anti-racist hate pattern of
these bedevilled times.
The media have given oodles of space
to her sin, but they would have given
even more oodles to the story if it had
Consider, for instance, the explosion
on the front page of the Vancouver Sun
of March 20 headed, "Speakers with
anti-Semitic ties coming to B.C.
The lead of this 40 column-inch story
about nothing gave us the flavor:
"A number of speakers whom [sic]
critics say are anti-Semitic and support
U.S.-style civilian militias will be in
Port Coquitlam next weekend for a
gathering of anti-tax and
the Sun, which is part of Pacific Press,
whose chairman is David Radler,
anti-Semitism real or imagined is big
stuff. No need for instructions to come
down from the top. Journalists always
know where the power lies, nudge nudge,
wink wink. And the "critics",
it turned out, were in the singular —Nisson
Goldman of the regional branch of the
Canadian Jewish Congress.
The meeting was organized by Freedom
Fest 2001, of which I had never heard,
and an RCMP report obtained by the Sun
spoke of "increasing militancy by
members and associates of anti-tax and
other anti-government groups in Western
Imagine that! Where will it all end?
Take cover, folks.
The holocaust had to get into the
story, of course. Under the turnover
headline, "Speaker's books deny
holocaust", reference was made to
the American, Eustace Mullins, "who
praises the Nazis and denies the
holocaust". He was not scheduled to
be in Port Coquitlam, but a little
detail like that didn't matter if he had
spoken at some other meeting in the
The hotel where this sinister
gathering was to have taken place took
fright in the face of threatened
demonstrations and cancelled the Freedom
Fest's accommodation. Right of assembly?
Sorry about that. So don't forget to get
the "critics" permission if
you plan to hold a meeting. In this
case, however, another venue was found
and those monsters in anti-tax clothing
did their thing without causing another
West Coast earth tremor.
Where does Conrad Black come into the
picture? Well, he's the guy who features
large in Canadian media ownership
(including that of the Sun) and who
stooped recently to denounce once of his
own columnists — Taki of The Spectator
— as being on a par with Dr. Goebbels,
Taki having made the mistake of bashing
the Jews for their treatment of the
Palestinians. But we shouldn't be
surprised about that, either. As far as
Middle East affairs are concerned,
Black's National Post could be mistaken
for being published in Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, I guess we lice of the
right are all fascists, holocaust
deniers, bigots and rotters, just like
our Jewish minister for
immigration, Elinor Caplan, said
during the federal election.
Not to mention cross-burners. Got a