Explaining root causes
In her April 29 column, Getting to the bottom of 'root causes,' Mia Rabson eloquently points out the hypocrisy displayed by Stephen Harper in his condemnation of Justin Trudeau's comments.
But the root cause of terrorism, the subtext of her article, is not difficult to understand. It can be summed up in one word: fear. No, not the fear that terrorists instil in others, but the fear that they feel that motivates their actions.
Conservative writer David Frum once said that al-Qaida attacked America on 9/11 because they were jealous of America's freedom. The exact opposite is true. Terrorist groups despise and fear freedom.
Islamic extremists see America as the great Satan that draws their young people to the evils of social freedom and that would undermine and erode their religious beliefs. Terrorists condemn and attack the threat of freedom for their own survival, which is the basis of conservatism, tribalism and religion.
Terrorism will never be eradicated so long as the fear and insecurity of being alone in one's beliefs exists.
There is a qualitative difference between trying to find the root causes of terrorism for sociological reasons and for the purpose of learning how to combat the terrorists. It would be much like Sun Tsu's The Art of War: "You must know your enemy if you wish to defeat that enemy."
But the leader of the Liberal party did no such thing. Justin Trudeau blithered away about the terrorist being some poor soul who feels excluded. And for the Liberals, it was all quite embarrassing, if they admit it or not.
Sorry, Mia Rabson, the Tories aren't mocking Trudeau for an idea they promoted. They mock him because of his naivety. They mock him because he really is in over his head.
Moose positives overshadowed
Your April 22 story Black market in moose thrives mentions some of the good work being done, but any positive information is overshadowed by references to excessive hunting and illegal sales of meat, which represent no more than the exaggerated opinions of a few individuals.
The story here should have been about aboriginal and non-aboriginal people working together to successfully to achieve a significant increase in the moose population. While the article does mention that moose numbers have rebounded by 60 per cent, casting doubt on the accuracy of the survey undermines this huge achievement.
Committee for Co-operative Moose Management
Your April 25 editorials, PST hike serves wrong priorities and Weather reports hijacked for partisan ads, show exactly what the problem is with politicians today.
Greg Selinger makes a photo op out of building a new school to try to deflect people's anger away from his new tax increase. Sam Katz cries foul when he is responsible for so much of the extra burden on taxpayers. And last but not least, the Stephen Harper government wastes millions of our dollars while bragging about its frugality.
Today's politicians are about the most unethical folks around.
He'll start tomorrow
Re: Enough of Buff: get rid of him (April 27). I believe I can solve the problems that plague both the Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets.
It seems to me to be perfectly obvious: We fire all the coaches, general managers, scouts and boards and hire Gary Lawless and his know-it-all team.
Better late than never
Re: Canadian to expose alien collaboration with U.S. (April 27). What a great story! I am a retired career soldier who served during Paul Hellyer's term as defence minister (1963-67).
His claim to fame was the drastic and controversial integration and unification of Canada's Armed Forces. During this process, I and many of my colleagues questioned the insanity of such a move.
Now, after 45 years, I am grateful to Allen Abel for confirming that the author of the failed "unification" is indeed a little off his rocker.
Response elicits chuckle
I got a good chuckle from Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider's response in the April 27 story Without a trace as to why Hydro needs to shut down Pointe du Bois: "Manitoba Hydro has an obligation to act in a fiscally responsible manner."
Excuse me, but isn't this the same Manitoba Hydro that allowed the NDP government to bully the Crown corporation into spending an extra $1 billion of taxpayers' money by building Bipole III down the wrong side of the lakes?
Please give us a break from all the BS.
A bumpy ride at best
Your April 29 story Proposed cuts spark outrage, call for ouster quotes Coun. Harvey Smith saying deputy mayor Russ Wyatt "does not understand that roads do not make a city."
What Smith does not understand is that all roads lead to the city. And if you have no roads, you can't get there.
Russ Wyatt makes some interesting suggestions for budget reductions. Perhaps this is the beginning of Wyatt's campaign for mayor.
Of course, if he were elected, we would have to refer to the city as Greater Transcona.
Let me state that I am proud of my German heritage. Neither my parents nor grandparents were Nazis and I do not carry any personal guilt about the Holocaust. However, that does not provide me with a licence to minimize the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Thus I feel compelled to respond to Lawrence Sutherland's April 25 letter, Obfuscating the truth, which made a feeble attempt to draw a moral equivalency between South African apartheid and current Israeli practices.
This is sad at best, but it is also repugnant, repulsive, irrational and not based on facts. What is even sadder is the Free Press choosing to publish it.
East St. Paul