Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ignatieff/Harper/Canada Offside with the Rest of the World

The Star offers up a piece by Haroon Siddiqui on Israel's unpopular war (unless you ask the new Liberal war room) and Canada's (non)leadership on the issue.

Some intersting assertions:

The Israeli assault on Gaza shouldn't have come as a surprise.

There had been wide speculation that in the dying days of the Bush administration, either Iranian nuclear facilities would be bombed by U.S./Israel, or the Gaza Strip attacked, with American backing.

Not only did the White House give the green light – no surprise – but Ehud Olmert is boasting that he telephoned George W. Bush to order Condoleezza Rice to abstain from voting on the Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and an Israeli withdrawal.

"She was left shamed – a resolution that she prepared and arranged and in the end didn't vote for," Olmert said Monday.

The Israeli-U.S.-Canadian axis is at odds with the United Nations and much of the world where there's near universal condemnation of Israel.

As during the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, which Stephen Harper famously described as "a measured response," his government is flying in the face of facts.

Peter Kent's was only the most egregious example, parroting the Israeli spin on the bombing of a school that killed 43, a version that has since been doubted.

Now Michael Ignatieff is parroting Harper. An ostensible lifelong advocate of human rights, he is defending what human rights groups are condemning as possible war crimes.

Given the disparity between the Harper-Ignatieff position and Canadian public sentiment, we face a growing democratic deficit.

As I said: For Christ sake Michael! Say Something!!!


Oemissions said...

Avi Shalaim was interviewed recently on Democracy Now.
When Amy Goodan asks about Hamas breaking the ceasefire, causing Israel to have to defend itself, Mr. Shalaim says:
"Its a lie.
Its a lie
Its a lie" He has accessed the records in Isreali government.
Having serached for a definitive spokesperson on the GAZA crisis, I believe I have found my man.
Israel: A terrorist state.
The Guardian,in another article from Shalaim reports that 80% of people in GAZA live on $2 or less a day.

Hello Birdy said...

Hamas brought this reign of fire down on the Palestinian people. The Jews simply had enough of the continual rocket fire into Israeli territory.

We would do the same if Quebec was lobbing endless rocker fire into Ontario.

Israel is democratic and enterprising. They value hard work, family, education and freedom. They are like us.

The Muslim world is a world of orcs who do not share our values. Millions of Muslims want to kill us and destroy Western civilization. I hear it and read it endlessly. I believe them.

Why support those who hate us over those who ARE us?

I am rarely proud of any government, but I am proud of Harper for supporting our fiends and allies in Israel.

Do you really want to see Israel destroyed and all the Jewish people murdered? That is exactly what will happen if we fail to support them.

janfromthebruce said...

Sure do attract some weird birds - fly away now!

Greg said...

Birdy has seen all of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Anonymous said...

Hello Birdy reminds me of crazy shut-in cat ladies...

Becoming Cynical said...

Please WTF, your statement is an insult to the vast majority of crazy shut-in cat ladies.

Having delivered meals to a number of them, I can assure you that even they do not spout the sort of drivel Birdie does.

The Mound of Sound said...

James I stumbled upon something this morning called the "Israel Allies Caucus" which apparently is a lobby of Canadian parliamentarians actively supporting Israel and the "Judeo-Christian" culture.

According to the Jerusalem Post it's been around two years next month and is "twinned" to a parallel lobby in the Knesset.

revanche said...

I am sick and tired of the Hamas death cult. Hamas and their enablers are 100% responsible for the carnage in Gaza. If Hamas were to lay down their arms, renounce terroreism and acknowledge Israel exists, there would be no war. Moreover, Palestinians would have their own state in addition to their legitimate one in Jordan.

lyrical said... is circulating a petition calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, if anyone would like to sign it, or not.

Some politicians don't mind being called hawks, but it seems others sure wouldn't want to be referred to as doves.