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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Shameless Self-Promotion

My latest at the Star, about Canada and the Middle East.

Cross-posted at Wonkitties.

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If only Canada had a caring fellow who was in tight with the shipping industry. Someone who knew the people up top,who owned ships in the area. Where the hell was the head of CANADA Steamship Lines during this crisis? Why is Paul Martin not doing anything? Is he still sulking?I'm sure the former PM has a contact or two in the area that could of expedited matters.Why is he so quiet during this whole crisis? Any libs out there who wouldn't mind taking a bit of time off from bashing Harper and ask PM for a response?

Posted by: wallyj | 2006-07-23 8:52:54 AM

If memory serves, the Liebrals under Martin started to side with Israel - or rather to denounce avowedly anti-Israeli UN resolutions - as far back as late 2004. If so, they have absolutely no reason to complain. However, knowing those idiots they'll complain about everything just cuz. Losers.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-23 8:57:38 AM

Neither the Martin or Chretien Government's were friends to the State of Israel. In fact, the Martin Federal Government and the McGuinty Ontario Government have been noted for their hostility to Israel. The dual citizenship Lebanese population concentrated in GTA and Montreal was created for the most part by the Chretien Government, to secure block voting for Liberal candidates, I saw it first hand. All our business partners and I are very strong supporters of Israel and have worked with Israeli
Technology and Aerospace Industries. In conclusion at this very moment, there is a huge airlift of military equipment and munitions landing in Israel from the USA, using USAF major airlift capacity, which sends a strong message to Iran and Syria. PM Harper's committment to Israel is greatly appreciated by friends of Israel throughout the World. July 23 2006 Moncton NB Canada

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2006-07-23 9:39:02 AM

Very well, I stand corrected. Something along those lines seemed to stick in my head. Trust me, I am glad to be incorrect on this one, as I have supported Israel for a very long time. It also doesn't change my view of the Liebral criminals who seem only interested in supporting themselves.

Well done, Mr. Harper, and keep up the great work.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-23 10:04:12 AM

What is there to be neutral about? Hezbollah - Army of God - occupies parts of Lebanon and becomes a government of its own. From there it threatens a sovereign democracy, vowing to rid the earth of Jews, and follows up its threats with attacks and kidnappings. Israel retaliates with force, since no one else is prepared to use force against Hezbollah and talking with them is demonstrably futile.

The middle east conflict will end only when Arab states confirm Israel's right to exist with decisive action against their own extremists. Until then, Israel has to do that work for them.

I have no sympathy for the tens of thousands of non-voting, non-taxpaying "Canadians" in Lebanon who are whining about their treatment. As citizens of Lebanon, they got the government there that they deserved. As non-participating citizens of Canada, they are getting more help than they are objectively entitled to. To repay that help with complaining is inexcusable, and to criticize the Canadian government for telling the truth about the conflict is outrageous.

But, welcome back to Canada, my fellow citizens. You now have the opportunity to begin to repay your fellow Canadians for saving your lives, regardless of how cynically you have treated us for the past decades.

Posted by: Halfwise | 2006-07-23 11:16:39 AM

Good column Rondi
Refreshing to hear a more tempered perspective to the evac. scenario.
One of the problems appears to be that people expect everything handed to them by their Govts.
But then we all know that govt. has been engineering dependancy in its people for some time now.
However I'm not so sure govt. was expecting petulance in the equation!
Excuse me while I figure out a way to blame the govt for a lack of air conditioning in my home office.

Posted by: in ques t | 2006-07-23 11:19:35 AM

There are serious concerns about most of these "Canadian citizens" being involved with Hizbollah in one form or another. Doubting that any serious security screening of them took place before approving repatriation to Canada at our expense, I wonder how long it will take before these same people begin to repay us in Islamist fashion...

Posted by: Alain | 2006-07-23 11:31:19 AM

These two videos are quite good:
Wafti Sultan

Posted by: Shawn | 2006-07-23 11:56:45 AM

Sorry about that. try again
Watch this video on this site and see this Arab women blast this Mufti's. Go to #8 and click on Wafti Sultan

Posted by: Shawn | 2006-07-23 12:02:17 PM

Shawn: that's a great video of Dr. Wafa Sultan debating some clearly antique Muslim cleric.


Here's a transcript of the whole debate.

If only more Muslims were like Dr. Sultan, who now lives in Los Angeles.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-23 12:33:01 PM

Dr. Sultan is not a Muslim. She addmits to being a seclurest I beleave. Or a "heretic" in the words of the mad mulluh she was blasting.

Posted by: Shawn | 2006-07-23 1:14:44 PM

July 23, 2006
Sleeper Hizbullah cells overseas have 'reawakened'

Hizbullah "sleeper" terror cells set up outside Lebanon with Iranian assistance have been put on standby The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday, and are likely planning attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets throughout the world.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) confirmed to the Post Sunday night that it had instructed embassies, consulates and Jewish institutions it was responsible for abroad to raise their level of awareness in light of the conflict in the North.

The assumption within Military Intelligence is that Hizbullah would only attack targets abroad if it felt pushed into a corner. According to this thinking, the Islamist group hesitates to carry out such attacks because it does not want to be associated with Global Jihad and al-Qaida.

Hizbullah has attacked Jewish and Israeli targets abroad in the past. The organization is believed to have been behind the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 during which a suicide bomber drove a pick-up truck filled with explosives into the building, killing 29 people and wounding 242, following Israel's assassination of the group's leader at the time, Sheikh Abbas Musawi.

Hizbullah is also thought to have been responsible for the attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires in 1994, when an explosives-laden van rammed into the structure and killed 85 people.

Another attack attributed to the group was the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight 847. One passenger was murdered; the remainder of the hostages were released over a two-week period.

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 1:27:02 PM

the video---talks of the BOSNIAN SS ally of hitler

but who is the one they grabbed and murdered? milosevic leader of the country defending themselves against the mohamedans and the very same members of alquada

interesting isnt it that serbia was the only european country who did not fall to or ally with remain neutral to the nazis

so who does left and the euros who allowed hitler to grow who did they bomb ? serbia of course - like to pay you back for crossing us last time

NOT only must the muslim threat be COMPLETELY removed from our midst but the left too

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 1:46:15 PM

why does the socialist racist fag qweer thief svend robinson like muslims so much?

does he not know that they cut homosexuals like him heads off for being that way?

or is he just plain stupid?

why do feminists those great protectors of female equality does protest against the muslim way of treating women such as honor killings and forced what they call female circumcission?

or are theye just plain stupid?

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 1:53:07 PM



Islam: stoning to death (WMV) (apostatesofislam.com)


Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 4:18:33 PM

Miss Iraq renounces crown after death threats from Islamic extremists (timesonline.co.uk)

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 4:26:11 PM

woodbridge wrote: interesting isnt it that serbia was the only european country who did not fall to or ally with remain neutral to the nazis.

What about Russia, Woody?

Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-07-23 4:30:11 PM

Jack Macleod wror: In conclusion at this very moment, there is a huge airlift of military equipment and munitions landing in Israel from the USA, using USAF major airlift capacity, which sends a strong message to Iran and Syria

I was beginning to wonder whether this current conflict was in fact the opening salvoes of WW3. Then it dawned on me that France hadn’t surrendered yet so it couldn’t be.

Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-07-23 4:37:08 PM

The LebCanuck dual citizens are crowding air canada stands upon getting into Montreal & Toronto c/o our magnificant altruism (sure) first thing they ask tired air canada staff is reimburse my ticket to Edmonton, Vancouver, etc etc, WE WERE PROMISED...staff respond (good for them) you went on Air France ticket to that god-forsaken part of the world, see them...nerve of moron dual citizens...but as George Jonas says check out that drug-induced leg of 1977 legitimizing this cr^^^ for root cause..

Posted by: lostarc | 2006-07-23 5:40:17 PM

"What about Russia, Woody?"

i meant even invaded

parts of russia did fall until the cold set in

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 6:48:06 PM

No Spin Zone:

"France hadn’t surrendered yet so it couldn’t be."

Oh they surrendered already. In 1967.

Posted by: greenmamba | 2006-07-23 7:25:11 PM

The predictable condemners
July 23, 2006

The Hizbullah and Hamas provocations against Israel once again demonstrate how terrorists exploit human rights and the media in their attacks on democracies.

By hiding behind their own civilians the Islamic radicals issue a challenge to democracies: Either violate your own morality by coming after us and inevitably killing some innocent civilians, or maintain your morality and leave us with a free hand to target your innocent civilians.

This challenge presents democracies such as Israel with a lose-lose option, and the terrorists with a win-win option.

There is one variable that could change this dynamic and present democracies with a viable option that could make terrorism less attractive as a tactic: The international community, the anti-Israel segment of the media and the so called "human rights" organizations could stop falling for this terrorist gambit and acknowledge that they are being used to promote the terrorist agenda.

Whenever a democracy is presented with the lose-lose option and chooses to defend its citizens by going after the terrorists who are hiding among civilians, this trio of predictable condemners can be counted on by the terrorists to accuse the democracy of "overreaction," "disproportionality" and "violations of human rights."

In doing so they play right into the hands of the terrorists, causing more terrorism and more civilian casualties on both sides.
If instead this trio could, for once, be counted on to blame the terrorists for the civilian deaths on both sides, this tactic would no longer be a win-win situation for the terrorists.

IT SHOULD BE obvious by now that Hizbullah and Hamas actually want the Israeli military to kill as many Lebanese and Palestinian civilians as possible. That is why they store their rockets underneath the beds of civilians; why they launch their missiles from crowded civilian neighborhoods and hide among civilians. They are seeking to induce Israel to defend its civilians by going after them among their civilian "shields." They know that every civilian they induce Israel to kill hurts Israel in the media and the international and human rights communities.

They regard these human shields as shahids - martyrs - even if they did not volunteer for this lethal job. Under the law, criminals who use human shields are responsible for the deaths of the shields, even if the bullet that kills them came from the gun of a policeman.

Israel has every self-interest in minimizing civilian casualties, whereas the terrorists have every self-interest in maximizing them - on both sides. Israel should not be condemned for doing what every democracy would and should do: taking every reasonable military step to stop the terrorists from killing their innocent civilians.

NOW THAT some of those who are launching rockets at Israeli cities have announced they have new surprises in store for Israel that may include chemical and biological weapons, the stakes have gotten even higher.

What would Israeli critics regard as "proportioned" to a chemical or biological attack? What would they say if Israel tried to preempt such an attack and, in the process, killed some civilians? Must a democracy absorb a first strike from a weapon of mass destruction before it fights back? Would any other democracy be expected to do that?

The world must come to recognize the cynical way in which terrorists exploit civilian casualties. They launch anti-personnel rockets designed to maximize enemy civilian casualties, then they cry "human rights" when their own civilians - behind whom they are deliberately hiding - are killed by the democracies in the process of trying to prevent further acts of terrorism.

The very idea that terrorists who use women and children as suicide bombers against other women and children shed crocodile tears over the deaths of civilians they deliberately put in harm's way gives new meaning to the word "hypocrisy." We all know that hypocrisy is a tactic of the terrorists, but it is shocking that others fall for it and become complicit with the terrorists.

Let the blame fall where it belongs: on the terrorists who deliberately seek to kill enemy civilians and give their democratic enemies little choice but to kill some civilians behind whom the terrorists are hiding.

Those who condemn Israel for killing civilians - who are used as human shields and swords for the terrorists - actually cause more civilian deaths and make it harder for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank.

HOW THE WORLD reacts to Israel's current military efforts to protect its citizens will have a considerable impact on future Israeli steps toward peace. Prior to the recent kidnappings and rocket attacks the Israeli government had announced its intention to engage in further withdrawals from large portions of the West Bank.

But how can Israel be expected to move forward with any plan for withdrawal if all it can expect in return is more terrorism - what the terrorists regard as "land for rocket launchings" - and more condemnation when it seeks to protect its civilians?

The writer is a Professor of Law at Harvard and the author of Preemption: A Knife that Cuts Both Ways.

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-23 8:22:48 PM

I suspected links between facism and muslims. Anyway, they are both murderers.

This information should be made avaiable on a large scale.

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-07-24 12:09:11 PM

"God's Army has plans to run the whole Middle East. "Hezbollah, the group at the heart of Lebanese conflict, is the spearhead of Iran's ambitions to be a superpower, says Iranian commentator Amir Taheri". The entire highly detailed article is in The Times (London) ONLINE
Sunday Times July 23 2006. Every subscriber to the Western Standard should make an effort to read this shocking document. Which also confirms
that "Lebanese Canadians" do in fact support Hezbollah which is no surprise to me, or our partners. The fact is that Canada and Israel are allies in the War against Terrorism. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2006-07-24 1:09:23 PM


What do you call someone whose parents were Christian, but they practice no religion?

What do you call a son or daughter of a Budhist, whose children do not practice?

What do you call Secular Jews?

Unless someone actually converts to another religion, or declares otherwise, generally they are still said to be of their parents, therefore, the individual in question, still counts as a Muslim, albeit not observant. There are many Muslims who are not practicing. Zidane, for one, still calls himself Muslim, although he is living a secular life. And, the more folks who are capable of seeing a benefit of a westernization of their roots, the better it is for all of us, especially in relation to the position that extremist islam takes: that all infidels and apostates are in all sickness, fair game to them.

Posted by: Lady | 2006-07-24 1:16:02 PM

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