Timing is Everything: Libby Davies and the G20
Libby Davies got ‘punk’d’ the other day when she was approached by a blogger and she made comments about the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She made a mistake in stating that the occupation began in 1948 (which it effectively did) instead of 1967 and has been the longest occupation in human kind (which it really hasn’t when you look at the history of Rome or other ancient cultures).
Anyways, while some people have lead themselves to think she made a mistake, it’s certainly not one that validates a resignation from this exceptional and committed Parliamentarian.
Regardless of how the actual date is interpreted, she has since apologized in a number of fora, but calls still come from the Con back benches for her to abort her seat.
This, despite the fact that at least 9 civilians and humanitarians were murdered in open seas by Israeli pirates and no one has the stones to stand up to them. The only thing that might happen is an investigation by the Israelis concerning the event. What better way to cover your ass than to get permission to report and judge your own crimes?
In this entire situation, how many Conservatives are being asked to resign because they’re supporting murderers?
So … what’s this REALLY all about?
All this has happened just a few days before the launch of the G8 / G20 summits.
The timing couldn’t have been better, as Libby Davies was one of the most active protesters at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and she will likely move forward and legitimize a number of protests against the authoritarian and ridiculous activities associated with the most wasteful and unproductive meetings on the planet.
The timing is perfect because it’s an intentional effort to smear someone who will be extremely vocal – and visible – against the Cons over the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, rumours swirl that even people within the NDP caucus are demanding an explanation and possibly a reprimand from Jacko. Don’t do it Layton. It’ll destroy any street cred you’ve got left (and you don’t have much).
Support her. Applaud her. She deserves it.