posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 01:08 PM
reply to post by SphinxMontreal
That's fine to say, but it's not right to expect these people to disregard decades of programming as soon as their feet touch Canadian soil. They
come seeking respite from the conflict, but that kind of baggage doesn't go away overnight, it can take a lifetime to change. It's unreasonable to
think that they will come over here and say 'Well, now we're Canadian now. Let's get a house, a car, and some RRSPs and forget about everything
else. Honey, take off that burka and go get some makeup.'
You speak of western values, but you seem to forget that our country has long been one of the key peacekeepers and safe havens of the world. A place
where the frightened can find peace. A large part of our national identity is built around being tolerant of other cultures and welcoming those
seeking the better life that this country can provide. We can't simply say 'they might commit violence and murder because their kids stay out too
late, deny them entry' because Lord knows no born-Canadian ever committed violence or muder to a family member.
Honor killings are heinous, and those responsible should be held to the standards of justice. But the fact that they happen does not mean we close our
borders to anyone that doesn't want to fall into step and become proponents of "western values" right off the boat. These things take time.
This country was built on the backs of immigrants. We are all descended from them in some fashion. Don't condone the honor killings, don't
sympathize those who commit these atrocities, mourn the lost, bring the culprits to justice and educate recent immigrants and refugees on how Canadian
culture can cause stress and rifts to form between individuals in these situations.
Educate, understand, and take preventative measures. Don't pontificate from your pedestal.
[edit on 17-6-2010 by dontblink]