Jan 09 2009
The proud supporters of Hamas, including so-called “peace activists” formally allied with religious extremists, seem to own our streets in Vancouver and other Canadian cities of late. It’s not all bad news; I joined a protest Thursday evening in solidarity with Israel as it continues to bring the war to Hamas’ home turf.
I’m not entirely convinced of the utility of a “rally” mostly confined to the interior of a large synagogue in the night-time on a relatively poorly lit stretch of road on Oak Street, without the kind of buzz that would bring in more spectacular media coverage. Still, it was good for morale for a community that in some ways is feeling isolated. One of the best lines of the evening came from the last speaker: “Those who talk about the ‘cycle of violence’ are just too lazy to differentiate the pyromaniac and the firefighter.” I also liked that several speakers pointed out that the fight was against Hamas, not the Palestinian people, who are themselves suffering from the thuggish regime.
Not quite sure what the Palestinian contingent I’d seen at previous protests was up to by hanging out politely and quietly on a bench towards the back.
Good to see that a consensus seems to be coming together for Canada’s political leaders. I’m liking Iggy’s statement earlier on Thursday: “Canada has to support the right of a democratic country to defend itself.” Much more praise for the embattled democracy here. Even the Bloc is onside. What’s the pro-Hamas side going to do now that they can’t blame the Bush-lite Harper regime for Canada’s stance?
So sad for NDP clubs across Canada, set to become the default stomping grounds of Islamofascist-sympathizers across Canada. Ah, well. Thanks to Taliban Jack, the party was on its way there already.
Sounds familiar. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he’d been reading my blog.