Some of you might think there is no hatred in Northern Canada, you are wrong. There's plenty of hatred to go around. They just need to look past the normal avenues of hatred; because of the different people that are there.
It is fairly common to hate the native, but most families have native blood and relatives, so it becomes complicated. The different European nationalities often hate one another; except, they often become friends and do business with each other; consequently, a virulent hatred often withers on the vine. The people who live in town and the ones who live in the country are involved in a mutual distrust, but those hatreds are often defused through the necessity of doing business with each other.
One of the most profound and legitimate hatreds in the Peace River Country, is between cattlemen. Some of these ranchers are traditionalists and insist on raising the older European breeds like Hereford and Shorthorn. These guys are regarded with disdain by the more recent European importers of Chaolais and Simmental. These cattle are considered dual purpose cattle (beef and dairy) and are much larger; although, no one but the wild and crazy ones like myself ever try to milk these crazy monsters. Then there are the Angus men. They will often split up into the Polled Angus, Red Angus, and Black Angus sub-groups with animosity directed toward the others.
Now all of this hardly makes any sense at all, except some of the modern European Cattle will have larger weaning weights but require a longer finishing period in the feedlot. The truth is once the cattle are fed at the feed lot and processed, there is not a man alive that can tell the difference between an Angus steak and a Simmental steak, but the ranchers will never admit it. The feedlots are so good at feeding out cattle that they can feed dairy cattle and sell the carcass as US Prime #1, a cut of beef that is usually shipped overseas.
The arguments will rage and the tempers will flare over arguments that are silly and futile, but we as humans, if we are non-productive, need someone to blame for our misfortunes.
The only time I was involved in a hate relationship was in the Peace River Country. I had finished a service in the US military and college, then went back to the Peace River Country to work and try to straighten out my life.
I try to engage my customers in conversation. I have learned a wealth of information from people over the years. One of the men I met was a German millwright at one of the sawmills. I was actually working for his wife and she had already told me that her husband was an avid gun collector. Eventually, I met him. He was about ten or fifteen years older than me with blonde hair and a thick German accent.
He asked me direct questions about my military service and I gave him as much information as he should expect. He then told me if we had met 25 to 30 years earlier in Europe one of us would have died. I told him to the best of my knowledge, there were no Marines in Europe and for sure none of them were wearing diapers, trying to emphasize the difference in our ages. He had no sense of humor and he seemed to have no idea what Marines were and he informed me that he was a former member of the Hitler Youth. I smiled, finished my work and left with my check, while wondering what was wrong with this former Nazi who had immigrated to Canada.
I assumed I would never be called back to that particular job, but his wife called and I went to the job. He show up half way through and started pacing like a wild animal at the zoo. I could see the hatred boiling inside of him, but I worked on the horses and kept up a running conversation with his wife. As I was preparing to leave, he stopped by the truck to tell me if he ever saw me in the bush hunting he would shoot me. I thanked him for the warning and told him most of my shooting was from a distance and that if I ever saw him, in the bush, he would be a dead man. I smiled and never returned.
As luck would have it, my business grew and I was working internationally and no longer had time for the customers around the Peace River. Would I have shot him, yes indeed, he had already threatened me twice, that is more than enough warning for me. I didn't hate the man, but he was consumed with hatred for Americans and especially for me.
This same vile and stupid hatred has run amuck in Israel and the Middle East for hundreds if not thousands of years and the Liberals and our own president are petty enough to embrace it as a cause.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lives with millions of senseless haters all around him. He is not one man who can send a well placed round through the center of mass and let the bears and wolves destroy any trace of the incident. No not at all. he is a responsible leader in charge of the welfare of millions, he takes his job seriously instead of being focused on transforming his country according to a failed Socialist ideology.
He established himself as a leading statesman of the world and made Obama appear to be a sniveling amateur when he addressed the US congress. He expressed himself well and concisely laid out his position on the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Unlike Obama's rainbows and lollipops speeches, Ntanyahu dealt with reality and cold hard facts in front of congress and the American people. Without note cards or teleprompter, he showed Americans what a true orator and statesman sounds like.
There are problems in the Middle East and most of them relate to medieval Muslim hatred of the Jew, it is politely called anti-Semitism. The question of the Palestinian and his rightful place in the world is a dubious claim at best. Yet, Netanyahu handled the situation of Palestinian legitimacy and our president's sympathy for the Palestinian cause with grace and tact.
This is the land of our forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history can deny the four thousand year old bond, between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.
But there is another truth: The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in which they will be neither Israel’s subjects nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a free, viable and independent people in their own state. They should enjoy a prosperous economy, where their creativity and initiative can flourish.
So this is a classic Western — indeed a classic liberal Western — formulation. We have our rights but we also respect your rights. Let’s find a win-win situation that benefits everyone.
They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.
My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… I will accept a Palestinian state. It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”
These six words, “I will accept a Palestinian state” will alter history and make our president's pleas for the Palestinian cause an impotent argument.
Those six words will change history. They will make clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end. That they are not building a state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it. They will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace. With such a partner, the people of Israel will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise.
In other words, once the Palestinians really acknowledge — which they have not done — the Jewish connection to the land, Israel will know they are a partner for peace and make more compromises.
The response of Abbas:
We say to him [Netanyahu], when he claims — that they have a historical right dating back to 3000 years — we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7000 year history. This is the truth, which must be understood and we have to note it, in order to say: “Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.”
Netanyahu has taken the Liberal approach, he is ready for a Palestinian state and Peace, but the Palestinians must be ready for peace. Abbas and his Palestinians are taking the role of the Fascist National Socialists of WWII and capitulation will be seized as a staging area for the final attack on Israel.
Predictably Abbas declared Netanyahu's speech a declaration of war. In effect, ending Obama's public support for his beloved Palestinians and making further efforts by Liberals at promoting the Palestinian cause seem like a waste of time and a contradiction of common sense.
This is a repetitious scenario that has been repeated in '48, '67, and '73. The Arab Muslims let their hatred of the jew boil over and they meet with biblical retribution. Without a doubt, our president and the Jew haters of the world believe if they hamstring Israel enough, they will be able to mount a successful war and annihilate the Jewish people once and for all.
I fear that many American Jews and our president are willing to risk the destruction of Israel as a form of appeasement or capitulation so that the Muclim fanatic will settle down. This is a fool's vision, the conquest of Europe and America will follow the annihilation of Israel, for no amount of capitulation will satisfy the blood lust of the haters of the Middle East.
Epilogue: Bebe Netanyahu's brother Yoni was killed in the Entebbe Raid, if there was a man who had a justification for hatred, you could say Bebe is that man. Yet, he offers peace, to a man who is consumed with hate. Here are some photos of Col. Yoni Netanyahu. of the Israeli Special Forces.
A professional horseman for over 50 years, Skook continues to work with horses. Skook has finished an historical novel, Fifty Thousand Years, that traces a mitochondrial line of DNA from 50,000 years ago to the present. The story follows a line of courageous women, from the Ice Ages to the present, as they meet the challenges of survival with grit and creativity. These are not women who whimper of being victims, they meet the challenges of survival as women who use their abilities without excuses or remorse, these women are winners, they are our ancestors.