- Doug Collins was 81 when he died Saturday, September 29th, 2001
- Truth And Consequences
By Doug Collins
The Collins Column c. 2001
All Rights Reserved
- At this writing, it is not known who organized carried the ghastly
carnage in the U.S., although the media have already fingered Osama bin Laden. But when
the news broke on Tuesday morning my first thought was about what was behind it, and I
thought of Israel. I believe that the atrocities were the result of the Americans' undying
(and now dying) support of that country in the face of opposition from the Arab and
- My second thought, after the appeals for blood donations were broadcast,
was to offer some of mine. Unfortunately, the blood banks don't want old blood, which is
all I have to offer.
- I then had a third thought: would the West's politicians admit that
militant support of Israel by the U.S. was at the root of the matter? None have. And none
will. They go on about about evil, outrage, barbarity, cowardice, etc., without mentioning
the probable cause of it all. Most of the mainstream media have done the same.
- George Will of the Washington Post said that the Americans had been
drawn into the world that the Israelis have to live with every day. No mention of what the
Palestinians have had to live with every day, or every year since 1948.
- The best the New York Times could come up with was an editorial headed,
"An Unfathomable Attack".
- Unfathomable to The Times, perhaps. Unfathomable also to the Aspers'
National Post, which in effect called for a Holy War against all suspect countries and
people, including Yasser Arafat, who, incidentally, denounced the bombings.
- But it wasn't unfathomable to everyone.
- In the Toronto Sun, Eric Margolis reminded readers that the Arab and
Muslim worlds are filled with enemies of America. "The U.S.," he said,
"arms, finances, and protects Israel, whose repression of Palestinians is broadcast
nightly on TV to 1.2 billion Muslims. "Five hundred Palestinian children have been
killed or wounded to date by Israeli soldiers, provoking threats of revenge from Morocco
to Indonesia. Israel's campaign of assassinating Palestinian leaders has also produced
vows of retaliation against Israel and the U.S., which is seen to have encouraged the
- "Over the past 25 years,"he went on, "the U.S. has bombed
or committed acts of war against Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and
Serbia, creating a large pool of potential enemies thirsting for revenge."
- In the U.S., syndicated columnist Joseph Sobran stated: "Until now
we have had no experience of what the U.S. Government has so often inflicted on others.
Now, at least, we have an inkling of what it feels like.
- "Government spokesmen," wrote Sobran, "have responded
with their usual cant of 'cowardly attacks' by 'terrorists. who hate 'democracy and
freedom'. Rubbish. A fanatic who is ready to die is the opposite of the coward, and nobody
can 'hate' such abstractions as 'democracy and freedom' with that kind of intensity.
- "Imagine hating a country so much that you are willing to cross an
ocean and carry out an elaborate revenge against its people, killing yourself in the
- "The United States," he concluded, "is now a global
empire that wants to think of itself as a universal benefactor, and is nonplussed when
foreigners don't see it that way."
- Some of the hypocrisy was almost beyond belief. Our prime minister is
against terrorism. But not so much that he has wanted to do anything about keeping
terrorists out of Canada. In the 1970s and '80s we became a world centre for Sikh
terrorists. More recently, we have favored the Tamil Tigers, of whom there are now
thousands here. Cabinet ministers even attend their dinners and MPs who question that are
denounced as racists.
- Are all Sikhs and Tamils terrorists? No, but in today's world terrorism
goes with the territory, once you permit mass immigration from all over. Before we opened
the gates, we never had such joys as drive-by shootings and large-scale immigrant crime.
- The Vancouver Sun also causes me to throw up. For years it has blubbered
over the sad fate of "refugees" and has not a word to say about the dangers of
universal immigration.The day after the bombings however, it ran an editorial demanding
that immigration laws be tightened and that we should "plug our porous borders".
- Welcome to the club. But you are a bit late.
- As for Asper-contolled TV in B.C., it informed us that the reason the
Islamic fanatics don't like us is that Hollywood dispenses what to them is pornography and
- The U.S. will not change its ways. In Washington the Jewish influence is
so powerful (Pat Buchanan called it Israel's "amen corner") that it will
continue to be a case of "Israel right or wrong". Terrorism will also continue,
and the politics of the situation are such that the U.S. would risk an all-out war.
- Have a nice day.