Even though the Communists (not too much of an exaggeration, and one of them, either it was Tom Keefer or David Bernans, quite proudly proclaimed it) were finally voted out, I will still keep a close eye on the Concordia Student Union as I'm not convinced that it still won't be somewhat of a monkey house, just that "Evolution, not Revolution" are a relatively docile breed. (No, I'm not calling them monekys, it's just a lame analogy. Better a docile monkey than than the angry, self-grandizing "guerillas" of past years, I say.) So, I'm instituting my own regular CSU WATCH pieces (really imaginative title, I know...).
So, in the Montreal Gazette today, there is a piece by Peggy Curran on the new CSU executive, hoping to "mend faces" and restore the good name of Concordia around the nation, which is fine and good. And there's a photo of six beaming, idealistic young faces. Hmm... note to "Evolution, not Revolution", if you're going to say anything remotely controversial, have Vi Hoang do it because I think she's rather cute, and, as such, I'm going to give her "kid glove" treatment.
CSU Vice-president Brent Farrington's comments in the article already sent up a tiny red flag in my mind, though I know he is just trying to be "politically correct" here.
"'We don't see the CSU as a soapbox for our own political views," said student union vice-president Brent Farrington, who added he wanted students to feel free to participate in school events and express their views 'without fear or intimidation.'
'I don't think it's going to be dull. It's just not going to be the same,' Farrington said."
So far, so good. No disagreements there.
"'You have to realize that Concordia has 127 different nations represented, and when express the views of two of them, it becomes a problem for the other 125.'"
See, there's the rub. You mean the views of one nation and one terrorist-supporting pseudo-state full of ethnic Jordanians that Jordan didn't want whose leaders have proven time and again that they don't want to live peacefully with their neighbours. And I do not blame Hillel and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights equally for the crap that happened over the past couple of years... I blame SPHR and their lapdogs at the old CSU 100%. When the fascist SPHR thugs rioted and shut down Netanyahu's speech last September, it destroyed any sympathies I might have had for those folks before, and, to any decent Palestinians that may be reading this somehow whom abhor all forms of violence against innocent Israelis, I'm sorry, but your most vocal proponents in Montreal are a bunch of left-wing goons (and apologists for the "bad guys" among you). There's the side of freedom and discussion, and there's the side of tyranny and violence, and SPHR demonstrated very well on which side they stand...
Well, anyhow, that's besides the point, just, "Evolution, not Revolution", if you get too close to SPHR or treat them as equals to Hillel, I'm not going to hold back with my criticism. But, since you haven't really said anything either way yet, good luck at being responsible representatives of the interests of ALL students. In any event, you can't possibly fuck up things worse than the previous few incarnations of the Concordia Student Union.