Skip to comments.Time to take off 9/11-coloured glasses (Canadian response)
Posted on 01/03/2006 10:37:45 PM PST by F14 Pilot
Its time to clear the air about our relations with the United States and how they impact on our immigration policy.
Recently, a very frustrated Paul Martin turned up the heat on the Americans after they persisted in refusing to play fair on the softwood lumber issue.
The prime ministers message clearly got the attention of our southern neighbours.
Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson replied on Dec. 19 saying: Anybody with any ambition at all, or intelligence, has left Canada and is now living in New York.
As if that wasnt enough, he added that Canada is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving hes nice but you dont take him seriously.
I took far more seriously the comments of Montana Senator Conrad Burns who weighed into the fray by saying Weve got to remember that the people who first hit us in 9/11 entered this country through Canada.
Within days he retracted his statement by saying he misspoke on this matter.
Burns is not the first senior American politician who has publicly expressed this view. Newt Gingrich made a similar statement in April 2005. He, too, retracted his statement and apologized for perpetuating the error one I am sure has been very painful to (Canadians).
Apologies and retractions notwithstanding, many Americans still believe this urban myth. The fact is that the 9/11 hijackers were admitted to the U.S. by U.S. border officials. Not by ours. While sympathy is due, we bear absolutely no culpability for these events.
Unfortunately, since Sept. 11, 2001, our federal government has acted as if we were guilty as charged. To appease our American friends, we have adopted every idiotic airline security measure asked of us, such as confiscating tweezers and toenail clippers. We have removed our shoes when asked. We have surrendered our passenger manifests and even turned over our Canadian citizens for torture abroad just to make our neighbours feel like we are behind them.
Notwithstanding these concessions, the Americans also wanted to control Canadas refugee program which they felt constituted a threat to the United States. How could they do this without appearing to violate Canadas sovereignty? Simple.
Since many refugees can only reach Canada through a connecting flight somewhere in the United States, we would simply require claimants to advance their claim in the first safe country they reach and deny them the right to make a claim thereafter in Canada. And so, on Dec. 29, 2004, we entered into an agreement with the US declaring it a safe country. Accordingly, we have stranded thousands of asylum seekers in the U.S. and effectively subcontracted out a significant percentage of our asylum cases to the American refugee determination system, which can only be described one way: a joke.
This space is inadequate to expand on this assessment so I defer to a recent New York Times article at www.nytimes.com/2005/12/26/national/26immigration.html (free registration required).
In 1986, the UNs Nansen medal was awarded to Canada for our treatment of refugees. As for the American system, this is what U.S. judge Ilana Rovner recently said to a U.S. government lawyer trying to defend her governments decision in a refugee case: It is so cruel to send a lovely human being like you in here to be a messenger of such madness, such nonsense.
With an election looming, its time we return to our own values on immigration and end this absurd attempt to pacify our American friends who may need yet more time to realize that our immigration system had nothing to do with the tragedy of 9/11.
Guidy Mamann practises law in Toronto at Mamann & Associates and is certified by the Ontario Law Society as an immigration specialist. Reach him at 416-862-0000. Confidential e-mails may be directed to Mr. Mamann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I guess your input is needed here
I know you have an Immigration related ping list, Don't you?
If Canada keeps going on about this they'll become even more embarassing.
You guys can't take Tucker Carlson weeks ago? The US has to listen to that crap from your pissant little burg daily.
Go whine some more, and wave your good conduct medals from the UN. We'll do all the work--like giving you an economy.
So there aren't any Canadians in Australia?
Sorry, got lost for a sec... ;)
The Canadian regime and the corrupt ruling elite there are so completely worthless that one could almost make the case for sending in a platoon of 100 marines armed with Ruger Mini-14s to overthrow their stinking excuse for a government, if it would require even that many.
Problem is, the place is simply not worth the effort. Let's instead encourage the Quebecois to break away along with other provinces. I have more respect for Muslims than for these bedwetting leftists.
No self serving agenda with this guy (Liberal I bet).
Secondly, this person takes much too personal comments made by a nobody on an unwatched cable channel. Somehow this person should not get away with calling Tucker a conservative!
Does this person have an email address??
9-11 terrorists did not enter through Canada... is this Guidy happy?? Other terrorists HAVE entered through Canada...
First off nobody in the US believes Tucker Carlson is a conservative. Nobody really watches that poor excuse for a channel anyway. Besides who cares? Why throw a hissy fit over what some weirdo on TV said about your country? It's meaningless.
Nobody I know thinks the 9-11 terrorists came throght Canada, although we know the millenium bomber did and probably wanna-be bombers are probably coming over the border right now.
Your article states that Canada agreed to the asylum 'safe country' rule. Maybe you should gripe to them. Except that bashing the US for your own countrys problems is easier than fixing them.
Now stop whining.
"We are an Al Qaeda family." So spoke one of the Khadrs, a Muslim Canadian household whose near single-minded devotion to Osama bin Laden contains important lessons for the West."
Wife Maha Elsamnah took her then 14-year-old son Omar from Canada to Pakistan in 2001 and enrolled him for Al Qaeda training.
Daughter Zaynab, 23, was engaged to one terrorist and married, with Osama bin Laden himself present at the nuptials, a Qaeda member in 1999. Zaynab endorses the 9/11 atrocities and hopes her infant daughter will die fighting Americans.
Son Abdullah, 22, is a Qaeda fugitive constantly on the move to elude capture. Canadian intelligence states he ran a Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan during the Taliban period, something Abdullah denies.
Son Omar, 17, stands accused of hurling a grenade in July 2002, killing an American medic in Afghanistan. Omar lost sight in one eye in the fighting and is now a U.S. detainee in Guantánamo.
Son Abdul Karim, 14, half-paralyzed by wounds sustained in the October 2003 shoot-out that left his father dead, is presently prisoner in a Pakistani hospital.
many Americans still believe this urban myth.
What planet has this writer been living on. I don't know of anyone who thinks that the 9/11 hijackers came into the US through Canada. In fact, I seem to remember there being widespread outrage and anger (rightfully so) after it was discovered, and widely publicized, that they came in to the US right through the front door.
This guy certainly does have an inflated sense of importance when it comes to Canada. If he wanted to be really truthful he wouldn't have to do much research to figure out that most Americans don't really give a damn about Canada at all.
Who or what is this Canada thingy you speak of?? Sounds creepy.
Wow, what a hard-hitting expose this clown wrote....I like Canada a lot, but have a difficult time liking some of the US bashers that live up North. Tell them to go back to France and leave the real Americans alone!! What a crock this guy writes, and in a way, I feel sorry for his being so stupid and insipid!
How do the Canadians explain the presence of Ahmet Resseni, arrested at the US border in December 1999 while driving a carload of explosives to attack LA airport? Resseni was An Algerian of an Arab-Afghan background who was in contact with Al Qaeda cells in Bosnia and Germany. Though considered a dangerous individual in Europe, he somehow managed to enter Canada. And how about Human Concern International, headquartered in Ottowa, Canada, which was supplying aid and comfort to Islamists in Afghanistan, and then using the name Mercy International continued to support Islamists by funding Algerian and Egyptian radicals? And what of the Benevolence International Fund of Canada, which was in bed with AQ, and the phoney Bosnian-Canadian Relief Association of Toronto?
Finally, it must be noted that Abudhamid Abdulrahim, AKA, Abu Obeida, a special confidante of OBLaden, set up the first radical Islamist charity in the West, Human Concern International, and he did so in Canada in 1982. Simply put, it is time for Canadians to quit playing the game of "holier than thou."
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Sounds to me like Mr. Mamann, is just whining about a lack of business.
Mamann & Associates
74 Victoria Street> Suite 303
Toronto, Canada M5C 2A5
Mr. Guidy Mamann is the founding member of Mamann & Associates (formerly Mamann, Kranc) and has been practicing primarily in the field of immigration law since 1987.
Mr. Mamann is one of only 20 lawyers in Ontario who has been certified as anImmigration Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
He has also been rated as one of Canada's "frequently recommended" immigration lawyers by Lexpert, Canada's leading lawyer rating service.
Mr. Mamann was formerly employed in 1984 as an immigration officer by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. He graduated in 1985 from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.
Mr. Mamann has been interviewed extensively by The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, LA Times, as well as CTV, CBC, City TV, BBC etc. He also writes a column on Immigration each Monday in Toronto's Metro News.
He's bound to be a Liberal as well.
The policy sounds fair to me. If you are a refugee, you should apply for such status in the first free country you enter. You should not be shopping around for a country to flee to. Otherwise, your refugee claim loses credibility. the only reason so many so-called refugees want to go to Canada is that immigration there has very lax standards and the refugees get to have government paid housing and welfare. A lot of so called refugees arrive by air without passports or any other ID. They destroy them on the plane after boarding to facilitate a refugee claim. Without ID there is no way know exactly who they are so immigration has to assume they are refugees.
Consider the source. The writer is an immigration lawyer whose livelihood was severely curtailed by the new rules.
According to this well educated author the USA has been unfair and has not let Canada (actually the problem is only with British Columbia) dump their lumber.
I guess this article is about serious security issues in Canada and the USA with refugees and airlines and torture but it leads off with how unfair Americans are when it comes to lumber.
This is how Canadians reason.
Me either, but Tucker Carlsons (who?) mocking being front page news in Canada is an even better example of how many Canadians are so out of touch on the important issues of the day.
One of these issues is the brain drain of Canadian professionals to the USA, but THAT must never be discussed or even acknowledged.
For a Northern people Canadian liberals and socialists are terribly thin skinned.
Or as another Freeper pointed out liberals (and most Canadians are very liberal) are grandious, paranoid and delusional.
Most Canadians really believe they have good reasons to be grandious and paranoid with Americans.
But in the Canadian election it is the Liberals delusions about Americans that are becoming most apparent.
This article makes me cringe on so many levels, I don't know where to start. Reading this makes me want to go home, close the curtains, and drink a magnum of wine, whilst weeping. Damn this journalist is a f*cking idiot.
Bump for later.
It's Little Brother Syndrome. I don't know if Canadians wish they were more like the US, imagining what they could do with all that power, or that they LIKE being the Newfoundland dog of nations--large in size but more likely to sleep at your feet than go out and hunt something. But in their need to distinguish themselves from the US, they seem to have misplaced their values, claiming this silly stuff as the writer in the article does--whoever heard of the award from the UN he mentions?--like it's some monumental triumph, and diminishing the US war on terror like it's nothing at all but an excuse for Americans to torture someone.
That this is the second Canadian piece in one week I've read where someone mentions not just the Carlson comments but the Gingrich and the other comment--MONTHS old quotations--shows Canadians trying to kiss up to their UN pals will go to any length, while resorting to trade disputes so minor that you would never know the goddamned country would collapse in a week without US trade to show how "in opposition" they are to us.
I really am uncomfortable with broad-brush comments about countries. But every Canadian should include the US in his or her nightly prayers for all we do for them, instead of this prissy, picayune crap they keep flinging at us. OK, TWO Americans made misstatements about 9-11 and RETRACTED them--wow, ok, that's a monumental slander, unlike anything in the history of the planet Earth, gee, we're sorry, ok? Now go live your subsidized lives which you would never have without our trade, and live secure in the knowledge that our defense budget is protecting you and allows you all to piss and moan about the best friends anyone in this world could have.
And then STFU already, you ungrateful little jerks.
Although it's true the American immigration system is a joke if Canada doesn't change theirs and in a hurry the only law Guidy Mamann will be practicing in 20 years is Sharia.
Some U.S. officials have speculated that September 11 planner Mohamed Atta, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 as it crashed into the World Trade Center, traveled, to Canada through Portland, Maine, on the eve of the attacks to meet with his "handler." There has been no other explanation for his Sept. 10, 2001, trip to Portland, from which he could have taken unchallenged the Quoddy Loop ferry line into Canada.
... yes and we will protect your a$$ from the evil ones when the rubber hits the road. Amen
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 2:33 AM
Subject: Time to take off 9/11-coloured glasses
Stop being so selfish and concerned with only your personal "rice bowl."
There is a shooting war going on in the world that was not started by western civilization. Radical Islam not the US is the enemy.
Lee: I don't think I am being selfish.
We should support all reasonable measures to combat terrorism. I just don't think its necessary for our refugees to be selected by the US. I think we can do a great job on it. Don't you think so?
Yours Truly, Guidy Mamann, LL.B., Barrister & Solicitor
I find that attitude intolerable.
However Canada and the USA are REALLY the best of strategic partners.
Huge amounts of Canadian resources and Canadian resourcefulness benefit Americans on a daily basis and will continue to do so, and vice versa.
The Canadians Liberal faith in the future of the Pacific Rim (i.e. China)as a buyer of Canadian resources is not going to replace real Canadian-USA trade anytime soon.
Goods and people in North America move much more easily north and south than east to west and the Liberals and socialists in Canada cannot change that fact, although they will keep trying.
The Mohamed Atta going through Canada conspiracy theory was debunked long ago. We let him in, we paid the price. The folks over at the WP need to put on the tinfoil hat...