COLUMN: Coren – Omar Khadr and the lemmings

- October 28th, 2012

Clueless zealots fight for those who would harm them

by Michael Coren

Do you remember the old story about lemmings?

It was assumed for many years that the furry little creatures committed mass suicide, for some vague, even mystical reason.

Not so long ago, however, it was discovered that this just isn’t true.

The ostensibly absurd behaviour is the result of migratory impulse.

Driven by powerful biological urges, they migrate in large groups, and because they can swim they often attempt water crossings that lead to collective drowning.

So it looks like suicide, but in fact it’s just foolish and dangerous behaviour leading to fatal consequences.

But in a way it makes the word lemming even more applicable to people like Jack Hallam of Salt Spring Island in B.C.

Jack is the 84-year-old gay atheist who announced last week that he’s leaving $700 to war criminal and Islamic fundamentalist Omar Khadr.

It’s supposed to help the 26-year-old killer with his education, but if Jack knew anything about radical Islam, he’d know that education is tightly controlled, and will consist of Qur’anic memorization and childish and repugnant revisions of history.

He might also like to know that atheism and homosexuality are both capital offences under Islamic law, and that there is no way he would have reached such a grand old age in any Islamic nation.

In fact, it’s only in the western, Christian-based states like Canada that he would be respected and cared for, and these are the very countries Khadr wants to destroy, and the very countries Jack claims have treated his new best friend Omar so badly.

It may well be some sort of vulgar publicity stunt, and it does appear that this was never intended to be a private gesture and was all about self-aggrandizement.

But Jack is largely irrelevant, and to an extent so is killer Omar.

It’s the wider operation of the Lemming Syndrome that should worry us.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, condemning the only country in the entire Middle East that tolerates and protects gay people; Jews in the United States still supporting a president who screams anti-Zionism in the guise of anti-colonialism from every ideological pore; blacks in the U.S. treating the Democrats like the old slave-master, and continuing to support a party that wants to abort black babies and keep black adults in welfare subservience; feminists, leftists, and atheists marching on alleged peace parades with supporters of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. Lemmings all.

There’s something in me that almost takes joy in the fact that one day these people will wake up and realize with just a little shock that they have enabled a governmental hell that targets them before everybody else.

But then my western, Christian conscience takes over — sorry comrades — and I realize that the vulnerable require protection and not scorn.

The lemmings can’t think straight, so we need to help them.

It’s simply the right thing to do, even though they do tend to bite your hand when you try to feed them intelligence and common sense.

By the way, Jack Hallam is a retired zoologist, so you should know a thing or two about lemmings old boy, you really should.

As for the rest, your naivete is pathetic.

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