Jan 07 2009
The controversial thought-police tactics of a Canadian labor leader’s efforts to single out a fellow democracy’s citizens for persecution, while said democracy fights a war against a nihilistic fascist movement, have been well documented here, here and a thousand other places. All I can add is my own disappointment at the trends I’m seeing in my country’s political consciousness.
As I’ve mentioned before, the current fight between Israel and the tyranny of Hamas is more than just an ethnic conflict. Canadians really need to pick sides between a democracy protecting its citizens from unrelenting aggression and the thuggish movement that is the source of that aggression, much to the chagrin of the majority of the population in Gaza that never wanted this war.
I can understand the frustration of Canadians like my friend Richard, who mentioned the other day that he was almost tempted to protest the never-ending protests and counter-protests over Israel and the Palestinians, “but instead, I stayed home… which, I guess, is a kind of protest against the protest.” I laughed at that at the time. But I really do wonder how much that kind of apathy contributes to the ability of people like Sid Ryan to get away with outrages that typically become a fait accompli even after the stern recriminations of the pundits.