Iran’s Declaration of War Versus Canada
The Islamic Republic of Iran has recently issued a very ironic and hypocritical travel advisory against Canada. Reason? The theocratic government has apparently resorted to Hitlerian scare tactic, as it told its citizens that there is a “new wave of Islamophobia” in Canada.
Here’s a report from Iribnews:
IRI’s Foreign Ministry has warned Iranian nationals against traveling to Canada as the new wave of Islamophobia is sweeping across the North American country. The ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, cautioning Iranian citizens who plan to visit Canada to take precautionary steps. The statement warns that the wave of Islamophobia in the Western countries has expanded its reach and is claiming new victims as a number of Muslims, especially Iranian nationals, have been deported under different pretexts, while Ottawa actively hinders Iranian nationals who want to seek justice through the Canadian courts, IRIB reported. Many Muslims, particularly Iranians, are deprived of their social and political rights and Canadian police have proved to be incapable of following the cases filed by Iranians residing in Canada, the statement added. According to the Iranian foreign ministry statement, the crime rate has soared in Canada recently, hence Iranian visitors may fall victim to various crimes in that country. Earlier in November, Iran’s foreign ministry warned Iranians about unnecessary visits to France, saying the country’s nation-wide unrest caused by economic and social crises has reached a serious level. Nationwide strikes broke out in France in protest at French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension reform bill. In mid-October, angry high school students joined more than a million trade union workers from 250 towns and cities in protests that disrupted transportation across France.
We all know that human rights abuses and oppression of women and homosexuals are very rampant in Iran because of its intolerant Islamic clerics who exercise absolute political and religious power, yet it has the gall to call a ‘multicultural’ and politically correct society like Canada a hotbed of this mythical concept of Islamophobia. There’s no such thing as Islamphobia; it is a myth. It only exists in the minds of those who created it. This is a case wherein the real victimizers play the victim. It’s part of the evil, Hitlerian propaganda of the religious fanatics to fool the people and to gain the sympathy of the unthinking liberals and leftists.
Phobia simply means “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”. But I believe there’s nothing wrong about
feeling fear or suspicion of a particular group of people when they really expressed their desire to kill you. There have been thousands of cases of atrocities, suicide bombing and killings committed by the so-called Muslim extremists. If there’s such thing as Islamophobia, what about the atrocities and killings committed by Muslims against Christians in Islamic countries? Take for example the case of a Christian woman named Asia Bibi, a 37-year-old farm worker mother of two, who was sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy. What about the atrocities and violence committed by Muslims against Jews in many parts of the world.
But the most recent data show that “hate crimes” directed against Muslims remain relatively rare, while FBI records show that violence and atrocities committed against Caucasians, gay men, lesbians, Jews, among others remain high. In fact, reports show that anti-Muslim crimes have declined over recent years. Reports also show that there were only 105 hate crime incidents against Muslims nationwide in 2008, while there were 10 times as many incidents against Jews during the same year.
The San Francisco Examiner broke those numbers down a little further:
According to the latest hate crime statistics available, there were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A closer look: 65.7 percent of them were committed against Jews. Against Muslims? 7.7 percent. […]
Another interesting data point: 4.7 percent of hate crimes in 2008 were motivated by anti-Catholic bias. Another 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant. So from a raw numbers perspective, there were more hate crimes against Christians in America in 2008 than there were against Muslims. Given our large Christian population, it’s true that each Christian is far less likely to be victimized, but the numbers still show that religious haters have not been singling out Muslims.
Some data provided by USA Today last November also helps to put this in perspective:
The number of attacks on blacks increased 8% to 2,876, accounting for seven of every 10 race-motivated crimes. […]
Hate crimes based on sexual orientation increased 3% to 1,297,although the number of people victimized went up 13% to 1,706.
In 2008 alone, there were 2,876 hate crimes against blacks, 1,297 against gays, and 1,055 against Jews. So what Islamophobia are they talking about?
If we are to look at the most repressive regimes on earth, Iran would certainly be included in the top five list. In Iran, a woman named Sakineh Mohammadi, who allegedly committed adultery, was sentenced to death by stoning for failing to produced the required four witnesses. Government-backed atrocities and violence were reportedly committed against women, gays, political dissenters and opponents, and non-Muslims in Iran.
So why the travel advisory? Is there any truth to Iran’s charge of Islamophobia against Canada, a country which is ironically infested with politically correct liberals and leftists who continue to appease Islam?
I believe that Iran’s travel advisory against Canada is in response to its prime minister’s pro-Israel position. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently stated that he will defend Israel “whatever the cost”. Now it appears that Iran is motivated by the war doctrine: ‘the ally of my enemy is also my enemy’.
In early November, Harper said that he was prepared to suffer any political reprisal that would come his way for expressing his unconditional support for Israel and and for speaking out against anti-Israel rhetoric. Now it seems that Iran’s anti-Canada travel advisory is one of the initial political repercussions of Harper’s pro-Israel statement. We all know that Iran considers Israel the little Satan or its number two enemy, the United States being its number one enemy, because the tiny state is now home to the Jewish people. We also know that it is written in the Koran that it is the duty of all Muslims to kill the Jews and to Islamize the world.
Harper also said that Canada is obligated to stand up for its ally when it comes under attack from others.
“Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tell us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us.”
The prime minister was fully aware that his political stance is not popular with all world governments and organizations, including members of the United Nations and the Francophonie.
“And I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations or any other international forum, the easiest thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israel rhetoric, to pretend it is just about being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of honest broker.
“There are, after all, a lot more votes — a lot more — in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand. But as long as I am prime minister, whether it is at the United Nations, the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost.”