Every Now & Then . . . Especially when you’re Fighting for your Life, and the Lives of your Family, Friends, Neighbors & Country – It’s OK To Kick Your Opponent In The Nuts If That’s What It Takes.
I Produced A Podcast A Few Days Ago – Extolling the Virtues of Fighting Beyond your Worst Fears, when the Alternative was Surrender. Everyone in my Circle of Politics Thought I was the Bravest & Toughest Streetfighter in Town. And even Quebec’s French Separatists thought I was so Scary, that they would Compare me to the Monster that Lurked Under the Bed at Night.
And As I Related In My Podcast, I was Riddled with Doubt & Fear, so much so, that I Wished it was Someone else Doing & Saying the Things I Did & Said Instead of me. But It Was Me . . . So I Hid My Fears Of Personal Physical Harm, Financial Ruin, Public Ridicule & Failure – I Sucked-It-Up & Came Out Fighting With Whatever “Weapon” I Could Conjure.
When In 1968 (18-Years Old) . . . I Joined the Montreal JDL (Jewish Defense League), I Trained with some Bad-Ass Instructors with the “Art” of Street Fighting, by use of Krav Maga with Nunchucks. In The 1960’s, Especially the Later 1960’s, Community Gangs (French & Black) in Certain Parts of Montreal, which Housed Large Working-Class Jewish Populations, were under Constant Physical Gang Attacks Against the Area’s Young Jewish Community.
Prior To 1968, I was just Another Young Canadian who Went to University during the Night, Worked during the Day and Tried to have as much Fun as Possible in the Interim Between University & Work.
I Wasn’t A Rough Kid . . . But Being a Young Red-Blooded Canadian, I Played Plenty of Hockey Amongst other Aggressive Full Contact Sports, where you Either Give it or Take it. I Preferred to Give it, but that’s Not the Way it Always Worked Out.
Essentially, I Was A Good Kid Who Never Looked For Trouble & Was Always Ready To Help When & Where Needed.
Then the Issue Came-Up with Roving Street Gangs Beating-Up On Jewish Kids, only Because they were Jewish, and the French Montreal Police Force had a Policy of Blindness when it came to Serving & Protecting Jews, Especially in that Mostly Jewish Enclave in that Multi-Ethnic Area . . . Someone Had To Step-In & Step-Up.
So – When I Was Asked To Join The JDL – They Didn’t Have To Ask Me Twice.
We Weren’t A Gang Of Thugs & Street Fighters – At 18-Years Old, I was the Youngest. And Even though I was the Youngest, I still had Serious Obligations to Family, School & Work. And Except Perhaps – for One or Two other JDL Members, all the Rest of us were Responsible Young Adult Citizens with Jobs & Families, Many of Whom Never Threw a Punch in Anger . . . But Enough Was Enough.
If the Montreal Police, and the Quebec Provincial Police Weren’t Going to Do their Job and Defend the Set-Upon Jewish Community – We Would Do It Ourselves.
The People Who Organized The JDL – Understood that we were Motivated to Defend our Community, but were Untrained, Undisciplined and Ill Prepared to do the Things we Wouldn’t be Proud to Brag About Later-On . . . But Most Importantly . . . The Organizers Knew the Mindset of the Thugs we had to Deal with, and Went about Finding those within our Ranks, who would have No Compunction in Doing what had to be Done.
We (JDL) Were Taught Several Vital Lessons:
1 – If You’re Going To Fight . . . Fight To Win!
2 – If You’re Going To Win . . . Win So Big To Make The Loss For The Other Side So Painful They Won’t Ever Want To Fight Again.
3 – If The Other Side Shows-Up With Fists . . . Show-Up With Baseball Bats.
4 – If They Show-Up With A Few People . . . Show-Up With An Army.
5 – Contrary To The Rules Of The Marquis Of Queensbury, The Best time To Kick Your Opponent Is When He Or She Is Down.
6 – Always Let As Many People Know Who You Are – What You’ve Done & Why.
It Took Two Or Three Fights Under These JDL Rules . . . Which Led to Outrage in the Media, Including the French & English Media & Jewish LIBERAL Pansies who Likened Us to being Jewish Nazis.
All The News Reports – All The Time – Reported On The Jewish Thugs . . . who were Involved with Street Brawls that Led to Young People (Anti-Semitic Thugs) being Sent to Hospital . . . So Let Me Tell You What Happened – Within Less than a Month the Anti-Semitic Community Thugs Disappeared . . . and there was Never Another Assault on Jewish Kids Coming or Going to School.
When I Started QPAC (The Quebec Political Action Committee) . . . Right After Quebec’s 1995 Referendum to Leave Canada & Mostly Make the Use of the English Language in the Province of Quebec Illegal . . . In Conversation (Interview) with Quebec’s Largest & Most Circulated French Nationalist (Daily) Newspaper (Journal De Montreal), I Intentionally Mentioned (In Passing) that I was a Member of The Montreal Jewish Defense League Back In The Late 1960’s, Fully Anticipating This Would Jerk Some Reaction.
My Feeling Was . . . If They Want To Create An Anglo Monster – I’ll Help Them.
And NOT To My Surprise . . . they Didn’t Disappoint, with their Following Screaming Front-Page Headline Heralding . . . “ANGLO JUIF GALGANOV”, which Translates to the English Jew Galganov, which Portrayed me as much as a Nazi, Thug & Terrorist, Implying that I was Somehow Aligned with the Kind of People you Don’t Want to Mess with . . . But Nothing Could be Further From The Truth.
And Following This Journal De Montreal Headline . . . The Anglo Jew Became The Headline In Virtually All The French Media.
Then One Day, Not Long After . . . While Giving a Live Television (In-Studio) Interview (In French) on Canada’s Largest & Most Watched French Language Television Station (CBC – Radio Canada), I interrupted the Moderator and said (In French), before I Answer your Question, Please Explain to me Why the French Media Insults the Entire Jewish Community by Always Referring to Me as The English Jew?
The Interviewer was So Caught-Off Guard by my Question, that he Humbly Said; “But I Never Called You That”, to which I Interjected, Just About all the French Media Call me The English Jew, even though I was Born in Montreal, My Parents were Born in Montreal, and Here we are Speaking in your Language (French).
“Is That Not Anti-Semitism? . . . That Because I’m Jewish – It Doesn’t Entitle Me To My Opinions?”
What Would you Say if the Rest of Canada Referred to Quebec’s Premier (Bouchard) & French Quebeckers As Those French Catholics . . . in what Could Only be Construed as a Cultural Insult?
Within a Few Months of the Founding of QPAC, English Language Signs Began to Emerge Again, French Quebec Nationalists Started “Explaining” Rather than Intimidating, French Nationalist Thugs Started Threatening, but kept a Respectful Distance, because the Last thing they Wanted was to Test their Fears . . . And Now That I’m Gone From Quebec – English Quebecers Lost their Resolve, Lost their Courage . . . And It’s As If QPAC Never Happened.
Here’s The Bottom Line For All Of Us . . . Drop The Nice Guy Shtick, Get In Their Face & Do What Has To Be Done.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov