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Crashing the party

Well, the rally for Lebanon on Parliament Hill yesterday was a little smaller than I thought it would be.

It was all in Arabic and was almost exclusively attended by members of Ottawa's Lebanese community. I didn't feel unwelcome, but I did feel like I was trying to attach myself to something I wasn't a part of. I've always thought there was little more pathetic than a comfy, well-fed 'progressive' getting all starry-eyed and romantic about some foreign struggle, and here I was doing just the same.

I'm excited about the popular movements for democracy that are starting to flower around the world. But I'll just have to accept that they're pretty unlikely to find fertile ground here.

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"But I'll just have to accept that they're pretty unlikely to find fertile ground here"
I don't understand what you mean by that?

Oh, that's just me whining about the poor government we have in Canada. But it's an unfair comparison -- Canada is nowhere near as oppressive as Lebanon is now.

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