Crystal Night II
to the speech by Steve McNallen in REAL AUDIO!
Swansea is a quiet neighbourhood in Toronto. However, on the night of
Saturday, February 27th, 1999, the local cell of Anti-Racist Action disturbed
the tranquility of the neighbourhood with a violent attack on a peaceful
meeting of the Alternative Forum. The ARA presence no doubt created a temporary
shortage of squeegee people in downtown Toronto.
Alternative Forum has, for the past 20 years, held meetings in a number
of locals. These meetings have featured a wide variety of speakers covering
and equally wide variety of topics. The common denominator is that most
topics would be considered by some to be politically incorrect. Although
that night's topic was involving archaeology usually does not generate
The ARA brigade,
comprised of the usual suspects who seem to show up at all local demonstrations
ranging from anti-fur to pro-Iraq, attempted unsuccessfully to break into
the meeting room, after having caused some minor damage to the lobby area
of the building. One window was smashed from the outside, giving birth
to the new appellation, Crystal Night II. Some chanting of the usual slogans
(Hey, hey, ho, ho, etc., etc.) ensued. Police were called, the demonstrators
dispersed (probably in order to make curfew at the shelter), and the meeting
continued as scheduled.
The ARA thoughtfully left behind a number of leaflets. Included in the
material left behind was research material which appears to have been supplied
by B'nai Brith, thus establishing a physical link between BB and its apparent
proxy, the ARA. This material has been turned over to police authorities
for appropriate investigation.
The ARA letterhead features an ominous logo of a head disguised in a
ski mask, Since there are no ski slops in the area of the
perhaps they should look up the Prime Minister in Whistler. It would appear
the ARA (at one time financed in part by the Trillium Foundation an arm
of the Ontario provincial government) is competing with the Animal Liberation
Front (which probably has an overlapping membership) as the leading terrorist
organization in Canada today. Thinly-veiled threats to the hall management,
in the usual Unabomber-style language, were made.
In the Bloopers Dept., this material indicates the rocket scientists
in the ARA are under the impression that the hall is located in Etobicoke,
a suburb of Toronto. Not so! Although Etobicoke is not all that far from
the hall site. The hall is simply on the wrong side of the Humber River
to qualify. Perhaps the ARA considers everything west of Bathurst Street
to be in Etobicoke. Or perhaps they have spent too much time shuttling
between the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and the Mimico Reformatory,
both of which are indeed in Etobicoke.
Many have commented on what appears to be the declining civility in
modern society today, whether it is on the picket line, the hockey rink,
the schoolyard or the highway. The war of ideas is, unfortunately becoming
literal. It is difficult to fathom what the ARA, or its handlers hope to
accomplish through violence. Did they win any friends or influence any
people that night? Was their cause advanced, except in their own minds?
Rocks through windows could easily graduate to bombs. Perhaps the ARA has
no confidence that their point of view can compete in the open marketplace
of opinion. Perhaps only a psychologist can properly analyze their methodology.
We, however, do not lack such confidence. We function in the sunlight,
not the shadows. We will even go as far as to give their website (http://www.web.net/~ara)
a complimentary plug at this time. We invite our readers to check it out
and compare their product with ours. We are confident any comparison will
speak for itself.