Monday, September 13, 2004

Canadians scorn US 'bigotry'

Toronto, Sept. 13 (UNI): Three years ago, Canada mourned with the United States following the 9/11 attacks but now sympathy has permuted to a sense of scorn, suspicion and anger towards their powerful neighbour.

According to a poll carried out by the National Post here on the third anniversary of 9/11, an overwhelming number of respondents, 91.4 per cent, felt that the US reaction to Canada’s decision not to send troops to Iraq had led to the situation where there is suspicion and open scorn of the US in Canada, feelings that would have seemed unimaginable three years ago when Canadians shed tears for their neighbour in the wake of the twin tower attacks.

The inability of the US to learn any lessons from 9/11, US President George W. Bush’s use of it to justify the attack on Iraq and US accusations that Canada is a haven for terrorism were also cited as the reasons for the change in Canadian hearts.

"The Americans have so insulated themselves from the rest of the world that it is impossible for them to understand that others may not necessarily feel the same way as them," says Diane McMurphy, a senior educator, who strongly recommends the controversial movie, Fahrenheit 911, to anyone who wishes to understand Bush’s persona and his motives for attacking Iraq.

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