In describing his visit to the Middle East, many narrators (aka reporters) made various dithering comments about his token visit to the Palestinians, but simply referenced the press release at hand and talked about his great visit to Israel. To suck up, that is.
And yes, if Stephen Harper has his way, that last comment makes me an anti-semite, but guess what? I’m not. For the record, I believe that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and I don’t endorse that. Nor should any other Canadian or human being, for that matter.
And I have zero respect for a group of people that were treated so miserably at one point in their history only to turn that around on another group of people.
The real question I have is why our Canadian leaders have strayed so impossibly far from any kind of balanced approach to Middle Eastern affairs. Are we simply void of any critical reasoning and good judgement when it comes to our ‘making friends and influence people’, as Dale Carnegie once said?
I’m truly looking for answers, as are all of us.
Is this just another strategy of the right to pull us to the right, regardless of what’s, well … right?
When Stephen Harper stood up in the Knesset today and firmly declared unilateral support for Israel without even remotely indicating that what they’re doing in the Middle East is wrong, didn’t he effectively declare war on Canada?
Every true anti-semite around the world, especially those who are members of the non-Jewish or non-Israeli populations in the region, who despise what Israel is doing in the Middle East will have very clear and obvious evidence that Canada is biased against them after today’s antics of Stephen Harper. And just like the US became a target as their presence and misbehaviour in the Middle East began after the Second World War, we too have just become a target because of Stephen Harper’s failure to be unbiased.
As a final afterthought, what take-away should negotiators with the First Nations people have after Stephen Harper clearly showed that he is with those with might rather than those who are right? If we can’t look at the Israel-Palestine situation objectively without resorting to name calling and racial stereotypes, how can we ever possibly trust the Harper Government to treat First Nations people fairly?