Rightest Michael Taube has a very bizarre column in the Toronto Star: Attempt to muzzle Galloway backfired.
As a former speech writer for Stephen Harper, it is filled with the usual "leftist" this and "leftist" that. He is correct in suggesting that had Jason Kenney simply let Galloway in to the country the first time, he would not have been given the publicity.
He is dead wrong on pretty much everything else though.
In fact this piece is pretty close to being libelous. But I'll leave that up to Galloway to decide.
Why is it that the "rightists" will say the most vile things about Muslims, but then cry foul at even the slightest hint of criticism aimed at Israel the country?
I was at a sale on the weekend put on by the Seniors Council, and on the book table found a copy of Glen Beck's: An Inconvenient Book. I walked by it a few times but curiosity got the best of me, so I put down my loonie to see what this loonie had to say.
In an area where he quotes intellects as saying that "Muslim is a stupid religion" (And your mother's got cooties, so there) I found this attempt at humour.
I would never try to debate a Christian Zionist either, or any "extremist". "Extremist" being the operative word.
John Hagee, the guru of Christian Zionism has said: “Ladies and gentlemen, America is at war with radical Islam. Jihad has come to America. If we lose the war to Islamic fascism, it will change the world as we know it.” But if they engage in war based on religious intolerance, it will "change the world as we know it". Hagee is the man who claimed that Hitler was doing God's work as the "hunter" who drove Jews to their homeland.
And like Beck, he is a kazillionaire who makes his living fueling people's fears.
Intolerance of any kind is wrong and George Galloway is trying to help those fellow human beings who are finding little help anywhere else.
When the West was attacking Germany under the Nazis for their deplorable treatment of the Jewish people, propagandist Joseph Goebbels conducted a little experiment. He sent a boat load of not the wealthy Jews but the damned, and sent them adrift to see if anyone would take them in. No one did and they were returned to Germany to face certain death.
The ship was the SS St. Louis.
This new group: Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism, is suggesting that any criticism of Israel can be deemed to be anti-Semitic. It is a very slippery slope. Racism and bigotry is wrong against anyone. They need to expand the parameters to include all victims of hatred, or close the group.
According to Harry Shannon.
There are those who fear that one aim of the CPCCA is to criminalize criticism of Israel's actions and policies. This appears to have happened already in France, where reportedly last year Sakina Arnaud was fined €1000 (about $1,350) for the trivial action of attaching a "Boycott Israel" sticker to a fruit juice carton; and five French activists have been charged with "incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence" after distributing leaflets asking shoppers to boycott Israeli products.And yet Islamophobia is on the rise, creating the same underlying condition that helped to ignite WWII.
... The Anti-Defamation League has conducted annual surveys of American public opinion on Jews since 1964. The latest survey in 2009 shows "[a]nti-Semitic propensities are at an all-time low" since the surveys began.
And our prime minister claims to have bruises defending Israel, but nary a scratch standing up for this country's Muslim population. Murray Dobbin thinks he may be going insane.
Watching and listening to Stephen Harper’s bizarre and unnerving speech about anti-Semitism and Israel raises the question as to whether or not the man is mentally fit to be prime minister. In effect, Harper has taken the position of being Israel’s defender no matter what – in other words, this commitment comes before his duty as prime minister, before his duty to represent Canada’s interests abroad,before his role of elected representative. Harper is a defender of Israel no matter the consequences for Canada.So Mr. Taube, Galloway’s financial contribution to Hamas (food, wheelchairs, medical supplies) was not a "terrible lack of judgment" giving "further credence to his skewed position on Israel". But our "rightist" prime minister did show a "terrible lack of judgment" when he chose a foreign country over his own.
That's not leadership and it's definitely not Canadian.