The lead editorial (no link: subscription only) is titled: "Tackling the dangerous ideology of victimhood"...
"Muslims are not oppressed worldwide. Forty leading Arab and Muslim intellectuals, including Canadian economicist Atif Kubursi, have come out and said so in the past few years in the Arab Human Development Reports done for the United Nations... [note: apparently, the bureaucratic elite - e.g. those who still take the UN seriously - are no longer worshipping victimhood]Then we read letters to the editor (subscription only) on the recent plot:
"The notion that Canadian Muslims are victims is nonsense. Their parents left behind constrained lives in countries such as Algeria and Somalia for the educational and economic opportunities of this country. They worship freely. They are very much part of the mainstream of Canadian life.
"In Canada, Muslims do not find themselves living in separate communities as in Britain, where in 17 primary schools, 90 percent of students are Bangladeshi. They are not living in sprawling suburban ghettos, as in France. Female Muslims are not forbidden to wear the traditional head scarf in public schools, as in France. Schools make enormous accomodations - barring male lifeguards, for instance, to permit special swimming periods for Muslim girls... [so much for employment equity, or the right of all girls to admire male lifeguards... if they ever instigate a single sex swimming schedule at my pool, I will explode] But the ideology of victimhood is attractive to some young people because it explains everything."
(from a historian): "Your newspaper's narrow focus on police efforts to prevent a terrorist attack has obscured a more fundamental issue: the fact that the suspected terrorists are essentially the products of Canadian schools. The public education system is our first line of defense agains homegrown terrorism. Arguably, this incident shows that it has failed to deliver the required ounce of prevention"Then there are many letters both lauding and criticizing Christie Blatchford for her column (subscription only) saying she was fed up with Muslim leaders after attending a meeting where she said Muslims appeared more concerned to portray themselves as victims and in need of police protection, given their fear of a backlash, than people willing to take responsibility for the "radicals" in their midst (not to mention, I might add, for the all anti-Infidel talk in the Koran - cursing the unbeliever on almost every page - and Sunnah. But don't take my word for it: read the sacred texts yourself.)
Another letter: "Drop into just about any classroom in Toronto and ask the kids about Canada. Surprised that they can't name the Prime Minister? They will probably just say, "Who cares?.. As an educator, I have always believed that our curriculum should be infused with Canadian content. We must teach kids what it means to be Canadian."
Another letter: "You [the Globe] say, "Some will even leap to the conclusion that our experiment with mass immigration and multiculturalism is failing, that our very tolerance and openness have become a weakness." Yes, and some will be right. Only in Toronto where political correctness has replaced logic and careful observation, would a major newspaper argue the opposite."
Another letter: "Canada is the most tolerant, inclusive and multicultural nation on Earth. Even our enemies are Canadian."
All in all, I get the distinct impression that many Canadians, including many Muslims who want to be Canadians first, are desirous of rejecting multiculturalism, or some aspects of it, e.g. the cult of victimhood. On the other hand, no one knows what would replace it - there can be no going back now to a solely white, British and French, identity, not that we should forget to champion all the great things we have acquired from the western, Judeo-Christian past - so people continue to defend certain multicultural precepts, lacking any other vision of what a majoritarian Canadian culture is or could be. This is a problem we hope to address in depth over the days and years to come, here, where visions of a new and continuing Canadian covenant will hopefully be developed. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.