Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PM feared Galloway's message for two reasons

Just one more Galloway story-

Kudo's to the Toronto Star for this editorial! It is really a must read.
This editorial hits the nail on the head, driving the nail perfectly into place.
Some highlights- I have divided them by topics Afghanistan and Israel


Afghanistan:
Galloway's views aren't odious. In fact, they're in sync with millions of Canadians. In a recent Angus Reid poll, 48 per cent of Canadians wanted our troops brought home from Afghanistan before the scheduled 2011 withdrawal.

It was fear of Galloway galvanizing anti-war sentiment in peace-oriented Canadians

Peace groups have been pushing Harper to establish a department of peace. But he prefers to suppress the case against war, only permitting us to hear it most fully articulated via videolink from free sites outside our borders.




Israel:
A BBC poll showed Canadians have more negative than positive views of Israel – even before the Gaza bombing, which UN human rights investigator Richard Falk said last month "would seem to constitute a war crime of the greatest magnitude."

The Galloway episode highlights how Harper has abandoned any pretense of even-handedness in the Middle East. (Last month, Canada was the only country to vote against a UN resolution opposing the expansion of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.)

Indeed, it seems likely Israel had a hand in the decision to ban Galloway from Canada. In March 2008, the Harper government signed a broad-ranging security pact with Israel. The pact, which has received scant attention in Canada's Parliament or media, established close Canada-Israeli co-operation in "border management and security," under a management committee comprised of Canada's deputy minister of public safety and Israel's director general of public security.

So was the decision to ban Galloway not only absurd and anti-democratic, but also influenced by a foreign government?


WAS THE DECISION INFLUENCED BY A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT ?

3 comments:

  1. Of course our government was influenced by a foriegn power...

    No ands, ifs or buts about it.

    Recall: Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel, and the Canada Israel Allies Caucus, and of course the lovely security agreement we've signed with them.

    Heck, why can't Canadians just vote for the Israeli parliament - afterall they're setting our foriegn policy.

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  2. I was thinking that as I posted this one. If Israel gets to make decisions for Canadians, I say Canadians get to make decisions for Israelis.

    It is only the right thing.

    (hey, I was surprised the star published it)

    Now about that so called government that they just put together????

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  3. Penny - they put together a WAR cabinet.

    No holds barred.

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