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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Izzy exaggerates again

Rioting protesters in Montreal who stopped former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Concordia University are like "Adolf Hitler and his Brown Shirts," CanWest Global chairman Israel Asper said yesterday.

Let's see here... the Brown Shirts were a paramilitary arm of a major political party and government. This was a handful of thugs with no governmental, and little popular, support. Get off it, Izzy. They were out of line, but to compare them to Nazi thugs is ridiculous; one could only wish that the SS were so benign.

Unless, of course, Asper likes to compare all those who dare criticize the State of Israel to Naziism; a thought that's crossed my mind in the past. Criticizing Israel over anything seems to be near enough to a firing offence in his organization, which controls one of the three Canadian television networks and 60% of the newspaper circulation in Canada.

Incidentally, Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his presence in New York today was nothing more than that of a private citizen paying his respects. As usual, when a politician says someting, it means different -- Bibi's been gunning for that softie Ariel Sharon's job for over a year now. Of course there's a political meaning to all this. Who is Netanyahu trying to kid here?
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