I think it's time for this country to take a serious look at the insanity of Jason Kenney. He needs to be heavily medicated and restrained immediately, because he's clearly a danger to himself and others.
When the wonderful Romeo Dallaire was suggesting that as soon as we start fiddling with human rights, we are no better than the people we are supposed to be fighting; that nut job starts bringing up the atrocious acts of others. Fair enough.
But I've got news for you Jas. We are not dropping marshmallows over in Afghanistan or kissing many cheeks. We need all of these human rights protections in place, or as Mr. Dallaire points out, we are no better than the so-called 'evil doers' we are supposed to detest.
Maybe I'll take up a collection and buy Kenney a New Testament. I haven't read it myself, but I hear it's filled with wonderful things, like humility, generosity, kindness and compassion. This man needs a bit of religion ... or a lot Prozac.
Murray Dobbin posted an excellent blog entry yesterday, that I want to share. He is one of my favourite journalists. Be sure to bookmark his blog or subscribe. Always a good read.
In it he elaborates on not only Kenney's irrational behaviour, but Stephen Harper's acceptance of it. I wonder if we could start a petition to have the walls of Kenney's office lined with rubber, and then lock him in. I just don't feel safe knowing he's out there.
It has been said by many American commentators critical of Israeli policy in the occupied territories that Israel in effect writes US foreign policy in the Middle East.
But he continues:
It is difficult to imagine a country more accepting than the US of any Israeli policy or bad faith but Stephen Harper and his Israeli file manager, Jason Kenny, have shown they can out do the US. The Harper government appears to develop its policy vis a vis Israel and the Palestinians not from any consideration of Canadian interests in the Middle East or by any reference to the considerable expertise in DFAIT – the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias recently wrote, (and I included this in a post): Is Canada pulling the plug on the UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides education, health and other social services in 59 Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East? Will UNRWA's Canadian funding be diverted instead to training Palestinian police forces and building courthouses and prisons? That's certainly what was suggested on Wednesday by Treasury Minister Vic Toews in both the Jerusalem Post and a news release from B'nai Brith Canada.
This is very troubling and could backfire. As Mr. Dobbin points out: Ironically, people on the ground say that this move will actually have the effect of making Palestinians even more dependent on Hamas which offers similar services to those of UNWRA.
Neither Toews nor Kenney are known for forward thinking, and Harper just wants the Jewish vote, so easily influenced by Frank Dimant. What a team.