Choristers in full military uniform celebrating the People’s Liberation Army of China—in Toronto?
The National Post recently reported that 40 or so veterans of the PLA put on such a concert in Richmond Hill, a prosperous suburb of Canada’s urban centre. They belong to a new Canada Chinese Veteran’s Society that poses a fresh challenge to our country’s vaunted multiculturalism.
The challenge, however, is hardly new, not particularly Canadian, and certainly not peculiar to Chinese immigrants.
South of the border, a Sikh memorial in a Connecticut library was removed after a protesting phone call from the Indian consulate. According to The Washington Post, “the memorial to Sikhs killed in India 35 years ago…included a plaque, flags and a portrait of a Sikh separatist movement leader, Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale.”
Bhindranwale was among those killed in the attack of the Indian army on the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, the notorious Operation Blue Star that scandalized the global Sikh community and led to the assassination five months later of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
As we learned from President Ronald Reagan, one side’s “terrorist” is another side’s “freedom fighter”—and when both sides have keen representation in the New World, old battles get re-fought.
Wouldn’t it be great, though, if we reasonable Canadians of European descent could do without the violence of these Asian hotheads?
[For the rest, please click HERE.]