Lest we forget doesn't seem to apply to interpreters

Lest we forget? But we have forgotten.


True, we’ll never forget the sacrifice of our 158 fallen troops in Afghanistan, or the wounded, or those who suffer from PTSD. We also don’t forget the dozens who committed suicide following their missions.

All of our Canadian men and women who served in Afghanistan deserve the same tributes offered on Remembrance Day to veterans of all wars.

When it comes to Afghanistan, the Canadians’ valour and courage is respected by Canadians.

But something was missing Friday.

Clearly, when it comes to the remaining Afghan interpreters who risked all working with the Canadian Armed Forces, we are prepared to leave many of them behind.

Nov. 11 was their Remembrance Day too — the ones that we did get out in a special program that ended in 2012, and those who remain.

Shame on us for not giving a damn about them. Or shame on those who could change this.

I now have a list of more than 100 interpreters struggling to stay alive under constant threat from the Taliban and ISIS for helping the infidels. They can prove they served with our people in Canada’s decade there.

But I can’t find anybody in government interested in accepting it — or to even call me back.

Meanwhile, these same Liberals are talking about increasing annual immigration to as much as 450,000, while not having a second to talk about the lives of people who stood up for our men and women in a war they entered us into.

I credit Immigration Minister John McCallum for helping get James Akam over here from a refugee camp in Germany, but it has been silence ever since.

Ralf Lemster, president of Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Ubersetzer e.V. (BDU) linguistics., says interpreter Mohammad Omar is facing deportation but “unfortunately, Vienna immigration doesn’t seem to take any action.”

And the ’terps are running into the same closed door at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.

“Would it be possible to do an article with a focus on how Canadian embassies don’t answer interpreter requests/inquiries?” asks Maya Hess, of Red T in New York. “Since the interpreters in Afghanistan did not get answers from the Canadian Embassy in Kabul during a peaceful rally, and Ralf is not getting any answers from Vienna, stonewalling appears to be their strategy.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in front of teens at WE Day boasting about Canada’s leadership on the world stage. He didn’t mention the interpreters we left behind.

Now he’s sending peacekeepers to Africa, where local linguists will learn something shocking about Trudeau’s Canada: How soon we forget!


Hats off to B’nai Brith Canada for an incredible celebration at the Mattamy Centre Thursday that saw its Award of Merit presented to none other than Canadian music legend David Foster, who is a very good friend to Israel.

Sports writing legend Marty York is chief media officer for B’nai Brith these days and tells me Mayor John Tory, U.S. philanthropist Haim Saban, B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn and national chair Jay Harris, Postmedia president Paul Godfrey, and MLSE chair Larry Tanenbaum were all in the house to pay tribute to Foster but also to enjoy incredible entertainment from Sinbad and Ruben Studdard. Well done to all.


The $100 payout on a $20 bet I won on Donald Trump winning the presidential election was easy money.

Everybody was so shocked, it seems. Of course, you, my readers, were not. As I reported, the signs in the Rust Belt were everywhere. It was not a surprise to us that Trump won. It was merely a case of the media, polling companies and smug elites shifting the narrative through deception, dishonesty and shun, shame and shut-up tactics — the same culprits who picked on former mayor Rob Ford when he was down.

Truth is, most people I know felt Trump would win. Ross McLean, George Bigliardi, Steve Brown, Ezra Levant, David Menzies, Charles McVety, Louise Gray, and Don Cherry all told me that for months. Like me, they were not following the Hillary Clinton media.

By the way, the tweet of the week following Trump’s win came from Grapes himself:

“The left wing kook entertainers and the left wing weirdo’s (sic) in the media in the US have said if Trump wins the presidency they will move to Canada. Please, we have enough of these type here now.”

Classic. Turns out it was called tweet of the week in a newspaper in Florida.

“Imagine a Canadian having the top tweet following the American election,” Cherry said Friday on his way to church to remember the fallen.

Turns out straight talk is in again south of the border — fly-over states and non-media party members too.

Have a terrific weekend, everybody. Scrawler out.

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