A few years ago, when the current president of Central African Republic took over via military coup, Chadian rebels, who helped him to power, pillaged the seminary where I taught for eight years as a visiting professor. Eye witnesses said that nearly everyone shut themselves up in their houses and hid from the rebels, who came and forced each house to open up by firing their AK47s outside their doors. Then, the rebels took anything that was of value from each inhabitant.
My friend Bennet said that everyone, in fear, took the completely wrong approach. Bennet was a Sudanese refugee in the Central African Republic and had worked at the school. He said that he learned in his military training in Sudan that if someone is hiding from you it is because they have something to hide. He took the opposite approach and walked up to them and spoke with them in Arabic. He gave them a tour of the campus, misdirecting them. When they came to the largest of buildings, full of professors’ computers and other valuables, they asked him, “What is that builiding?” Bennet responded, “That’s a library. It has books. You won’t be interested in that.” They agreed, as they were all illiterate. Thus, Bennet spared the school the worst of the damage. I was meditating about this over night and the next day I asked Bennet the question that was bothering me: “Weren’t you afraid?” He said, “No.” I asked, “Why not?” He answered, “Because they were not shooting at me.” A Sudanese refugee who fled in panic the artillery shelling of his hometown through the dense forest separating CAR and Sudan is not easily intimidated by a few light arms pointed at him.
The US persons who are resident in Canada number approximately 1 million. We are a sufficiently large group that if we stand up boldly together we can make a difference. But if we cower in fear and hope that the IRS doesn’t notice our houses they will threaten and pillage us one by one. We Canadians are standing on the moral high ground. We have conducted our lives in accordance with the laws where we are resident and most of us had no clue what the IRS demanded (the number of non-compliant is in the hundreds of thousands). Their demands are not only unjust but also unconstitutional. I for one am tired of suffering in silence or using pseudonyms when dealing with this issue. The fact is that hundreds of people on internet bulletin boards and blogs are using false names. Well, if they want to know who I am, they can figure it out. It doesn’t take great hacking skills.
I am coming out in the open. I have committed no crimes and I am innocent, and I would ask that the IRS and all the other branches of the US government stop treating me like a criminal. I don’t owe you any taxes, not even according to the rules that you’ve set up. I’d love to be so rich that I owed you taxes but with the rate of taxation in Canada, it’s going to be long time before that ever happens. Here I am. If you want to make an example out of me, then you do so at great risk to your reputation. Already in this last campaign you have been censured.