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The Prime Minister of Canada was in India the other day and found time to visit the (Jewish) Chabad House targeted by terrorists in last December’s attack on Bombay.

Mr Rick Gibbs of Vancouver was prompted to write to the country’s national newspaper. Even though Trudeaupian Canada so fetishizes minorities that it is now impossible for a white male anglophone to become Governor-General, Mr. Gibbs evidently felt this Jewish outreach was a minority too far:

Our Prime Minister is in India “to reinvigorate Canada-India relations.” He visits the massive country of India for just three days, home to 1.15 billion people, 80+% of whom practise Hinduism (alongside millions of Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists) yet he finds time to hob nob with Jewish rabbis on his first day. Then the National Post runs two photos of the first day of the trade mission, and both are of his visit to the Jewish Chabad House.

Remarkable.

As the blogger Scaramouche points out, what’s remarkable is that in a murderous assault on Bombay and its most prominent landmarks the Islamic terrorists sought out members of the statistically insignificant Jewish population. As Mr. Gibbs would put it, they “found time to hob nob with Jewish rabbis” — and then killed them. As I wrote here at the time:

Two “inflamed moderates” entered the Chabad House, shouted “Allahu Akbar!,” tortured the Jews and murdered them, including the young Rabbi’s pregnant wife… The sole surviving “militant” revealed that the Jewish center had been targeted a year in advance… In a well-planned attack on iconic Bombay landmarks symbolizing great power and wealth, the “militants” nevertheless found time to divert 20 percent of their manpower to torturing and killing a handful of obscure Jews helping the city’s poor in a nondescript building. If they were just “teenage gunmen” or “militants” in the cause of Kashmir, engaged in a more or less conventional territorial dispute with India, why kill the only rabbi in Bombay? Dennis Prager got to the absurdity of it when he invited his readers to imagine Basque separatists attacking Madrid: “Would the terrorists take time out to murder all those in the Madrid Chabad House? The idea is ludicrous.”

That’s why the Canadian Prime Minister visited the Chabad House — because it symbolizes the peculiar obsessions of Islamic terror. What’s “remarkable” is that so many nice respectable types in Vancouver and elsewhere appear to share them.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.