Just like so many other taxpayers, I am fed up with the complaints emerging from the ungrateful mouths of some of the 'Canadian' evacuees. And, as I mentioned yesterday, I'm sure that the media is focusing on these negative comments in gleeful retaliation as they engage in their own little unending war with the PMO.
However, I have a few questions. First of all, what were 40 - 50,000 Canadians doing in Lebanon in the first place? The Toronto Sun's Peter Worthington has a few ideas:
...Most are dual-citizenship Canadians who've chosen to return to the motherland to live as Lebanese -- until trouble strikes and then they want the Canadian government to rescue them, not the Lebanese government...
...Now Canada is chartering seven ships and a bunch of aircraft to rescue these citizens, many of whom have chosen not to live in Canada. Does Canada have an obligation to be responsible for them? The cost to taxpayers of removing tens of thousands from Lebanon is enormous.
How many, one wonders, of these people will move back to Lebanon when the crisis is over and security is restored -- assuming it ever will be in Lebanon?
The view that "a Canadian is a Canadian" and all should be treated equally may need revising.
Why should the government be responsible for naturalized citizens who return to live in a dangerous country in which they are also citizens?
Tourists or short-term visitors are in a different category...
M.P. Garth Turner is also asking some questions, and it looks like he is taking a lambasting over it. He has even been called a racist for daring to say out loud what others are thinking (but of course, that's nothing new for Garth!).
Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun has some questions too (H/T to Right in Canada):
Some Lebanese-Canadians demanded Harper "apologize" for the Lebanese-Canadian family killed in the Israeli bombing. Tragic? Of course.
Harper apologize? No bloody way. Why should he apologize? Get real, for God's sake.
(Sounds a bit like Dr. Phil there, doesn't he?)
The situation itself is tragic and desperate. However, a simple thanks would be nice. When we instead hear things like:
..."It was insulting,” said Woodbridge’s Omran, as she remembered the fainting and vomiting on a crowded boat from Beirut...
we feel insulted ourselves. But apparently we are not allowed to express those thoughts because that would be politically incorrect. Thank you Mr. Trudeau and all those years of Liberal indoctrination.
Ha! I got my mojo back!!!
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UPDATE: Think about this next time you have to pay your taxes:
Another evacuee said she was "ashamed to be Canadian" and regretted the apparently arduous journey.
"If I knew that it was going to be like this, I would have stayed in Lebanon under the bombs," said Roula Karbash. "It would be easier."
Doesn't that just make you feel warm all over?