Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Doctor of what, exactly, Dr. Elmasry?

The Canadian Islamic Congress--in a letter to Minister of Defense Bill Graham--has compiled the most unsettlingly disparate collection of challenges to the Canadian presence in Afghanistan you could ever hope to see on the same page. And not a single one of them addresses their unique concerns as Muslims!

Honestly, the thing's just plain nuts-o! I mean, is it just me, or is there something weird about the CIC's apparently official position on this incorporating a fairly left condemnation of Canadian and American foreign policy as imperialist, with a patently conservative attack on the inadequacy to the task of an underfunded Canadian military? I'll give them points 1 through 3--which, moreover, I'm sure old Bill will have a ready answer for--but everything thereafter (spelling mistakes and poor idiom aside) is nothing short of brainless. The temptation is to call it opportunistic, but the total lack of cohesion between the points suggests more just a disorganized and half-baked goofiness. Indeed, points 4, 5 and 7 are so hopelessly histrionic one wonders if this maybe was a contribution of the CIC's Teen Council--that is, if it has such a thing.

If the Congress already has a motto it should be changed forthwith to "CIC Forever: By Whatever Arguments Exist ... Yes, Even That One!"