Kathy Shaidle

Academic writing for Muslim magazine: Hitchen’s cancer ‘is a boon to humanity’

Posted on August 19 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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When Mark Steyn and Canada’s oldest magazine, Maclean’s, were called before a government Human Rights Tribunal to face charges of printing “Islamophobia,” the man behind those charges was Mohamed Elmasry.

Up until then, Elmasry, a university professor and head of the Canadian Islamic Congress, was most notorious for bluntly declaring on national television that, since all Israeli citizens over the age of 18 were current or future members of that nation’s armed forces, they were all “legitimate targets” for Muslim terrorism.

(Needless to say, Elmasry — being a member of a protected minority group — wasn’t forced to face a Tribunal for making that statement.)

Elmasry and his younger, only slightly more telegenic Muslim sockpuppets demanded “the right” (mysteriously left out of the Magna Carta) to force Maclean’s to publish their articles, too.

Among Steyn’s defenders, the most common (printable here) reply was, “Why don’t you [plural expletive deleted] just get your own magazine?”

Maclean’s had been launched a hundred years earlier by Toronto businessman Lt.-Col. John Bayne Maclean, using (imagine that!) his very own money.

But in the 21st century, with Canada’s generous arts grants and postal subsidies (and its compulsion to promote anything “ethnic”) surely the atmosphere in which to launch a new publication was more accommodating than ever. Furthermore, using other people’s extorted tax dollars/jizya to do so would appeal to radical Islam’s compulsively parasitical m.o.

(Particularly galling to the sockpuppetswho singled me out by name in court — was my description of Elmasry’s gang as would-be hijackers, attempting to wrest control of Maclean’s from its rightful owners and investors, and use it as a weapon in the name of Islamic supremacy. Luckily, I added, Steyn, his publisher and their international supporters were manning the metaphorical drink carts and wielding the fire extinguishers, in a brave — and ultimately successful — attempt to maintain control of their craft.)

After the trial ended (and Maclean’s paid its estimated $2-million legal bill), Elmasry proudly announced that — you guessed it — he was starting his own magazine!

Available exclusively online, The Canadian Charger is a mostly unreadable collection of Muslim apologetics, warmed-over mid-90s vintage Chomsky, and 9/11 Trootherism, served up with a gloss of academic pretension in an impotent attempt to impart some gravitas and legitimacy to the proceedings.

This week The Canadian Charger ran a piece by one Joshua Blakeney, who holds the rather parodic title of “Media Coordinator of Globalization Studies” at the University of Lethbridge.

A reprint of a post that originally appeared on a 9/11 Troother blog — and helpfully studded with awfully important looking Roman numerals — Joshua Blakeney’s thesis is that Christopher Hitchens deserves to die of cancer.

Here are some choice excerpts:

On June 30, Vanity Fair journalist Christopher Hitchens  posted on the magazine’s website that he has cancer of the esophagus. As I was contemplating this revelation, I couldn’t help feeling that the neoconservative armchair warrior was getting his just desserts. (…)

The prospect of Hitchens having to cancel engagements at a time when an Israeli-American assault on Iran seems imminent is positive for humanity, I argue, because it deprives the war propaganda machine of one of its most erudite apologists. (…)

With a war against Iran in our midst very likely, having one of the most malignant and cancerous propagandists demobilized from the war machine is something to be celebrated.

Blakeney squeezes every polysyllabic adjective he’s ever picked up from re-reading Howard Zinn into his tiny, tinny, cliche-riddled screed, in which hapless readers are duly informed, among other things, that “the official story of 9/11” is “implausible” and has been “wholly debunked.”

Having been one of the loudest voices calling for Mohamed Elmasry to “get his own magazine” (if not in those exact words), I feel responsible for the physical discomfort and/or irrational urge to smash some nearby inanimate object you may experience should you choose to visit The Charger.

If it helps cheer you up, I’m happy to report that at the very bottom of Joshua Blakeney’s piece, readers will discover two helpful suggestions, added by the Charger‘s editorial staff.

We’re advised to “Think green before you print” this article off to share with your unsuspecting acquaintances.

Isn’t that thoughtful?

Oh, and we’re also invited, via hyperlink, to “Respond to the author.”

Very very thoughtful indeed.

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