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Who among us doesn’t enjoy the electric frisson of multiculturalism? From Ottawa, the town that stood up to that hateful Ann Coulter, comes further news of university life:

One of them opened the trunk and I saw glistening in the street light the reflection of a 12-inch machete. “F**king Jew,” he shouted. I began to run for my life…

When the Ontario branch of the Janjaweed reach for their machetes, the establishment reaches for its lamest tropes. Usual limp-wristed reactions from university spokespersons and what Ezra Levant calls “official Jews” here.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, it was reported last month that Jews are fleeing Malmö, and the local rabbi says the cheery greeting of “F**king Jew” is now routine. Sad, and a little embarrassing given Sweden’s past, but hey, if you’re not Jewish, not my problem, right? Sadly, in Landskrona the other day, an elderly couple parking their car made the mistake of attracting the attention of a young man of a certain, only vaguely hinted at, religion-of-peacey persuasion. He beat the 71-year old man brutally, and the 78-year old woman to death.

The killing has shocked the town. The leaders of four local Muslim associations held a press conference to deplore the “accident” and warn that it could “cause xenophobia”. Indeed. That’s the real news angle here:

Sweden: Muslim Community Fears Violence After Attack On Elderly Couple

That’s the ticket: A purely hypothetical outbreak of violent attacks on Muslims always trumps actual violent attacks on non-Muslims. In a Tim Blair reader’s note-perfect parody of a Guardian headline after the 2005 London Tube bombings:

British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow’s Train Bombing

But, alas, this is a world beyond parody.

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


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