Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ask a stupid question...

In another stunningly ignornant missive, Haroon Siddiqui of the Toronto Star cries a river for dual Canadian-Iranian citizens being "harassed" at the Canada-US border crossing. For the life of me I just can't figure out why the United States would be so malicious as to exercise increased vigilence when dealing with individuals who have deliberately chosen to retain Iranian citizenship, their recently acquired Canadian citizenship apparently not being good enough for them.

Oh, wait a minute - I seem to recall this and this and this and this.

I guess Siddiqui must of overlooked those inconvenient tidbits. I mean, why should the U.S. want to keep an eye on foreign nationals whose country denies the Holocaust, has a nuclear weapons strategy, vowed to persecute Christians and calls for Jews to be slaughtered and the destruction of Israel.

Notwithstanding Siddiqui's appalling ignorance (or bias - you decide), his closing question deserves an answer::

Why would Canada allow Canadians to keep dual citizenship and then abandon them for exercising that right?
Excellent point. Let's ban this have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to citizenship. Pick your cliche: get off the fence, fish or cut bait - whatever. Either being a Canadian is good enough for you, or it is not. You choose, and we will respect your decision and lobby the U.S. to do likewise. Until then, remember that next time you feel "harassed" at the U.S. border that you chose to be a citizen of a nation with declared, genocidal goals and which is an enemy of the United States.

If that's a problem for you, tough.

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