Winter 2004 - Volume 7 Number 1
An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.
New York: Random House, 2003.
Until his death in 1998, a dear friend of minean American from Philadelphiaused to listen regularly to CBC radios As It Happens on US National Public Radio. He was especially taken with Barbara Frum. A music critic and an incisive popular culture analyst himself, he took Ms. Frum to be among the most creditable personalities in the broadcast media. He was probably right.
Although it is true that her husband Murraya successful dentist turned real estate developerhelped make her a wealthy Canadian celebrity, we anonymous souls in her audiencewhether on radio or televisionremained loyal to her and the journalistic ethics she embodied.
Then along came David.
I have no idea of the Frum family dynamics, or of the sources of son Davids social dementia. All I can say is that he is making the best of it. Along with militaristic tub thumper Richard Perle, he has continued to sound the alarum. He is a talented writer. His call to arms is unending.
A comic folk singing group called “The Foremen” once sang a song about Newt Gingrich. One line went:
“Can you hear Lincoln turning over in his grave, Thats the Republican revolution … ”
David Frum and his friends would have the casket quickened to extra-fast spin cycle. Theyd have unfreed the slaves.
I am not so presumptuous as to speculate about the Frum family breakfast table. Ill just say of the Barbara Frum I admired that I would hope that shed have sent this child a-packin. Its not that hed have done badly, for there are plutocrats a-plenty whod have taken him in and squeezed every available aggressive slogan out of him. Its just that his screed demeans us all as Canadians and that generous designation may be about all we have left.
Howard A. Doughty, B.A.(York), M.A.(Hawaii), M.A.(York), M.Ed.(Toronto), teaches in the Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences at Seneca College, King City. His email address is email@example.com
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