Canadian journalists are sorely in need of a reality check, not to mention a history lesson, when it comes to issues in the Middle East. This morning I did some catching up on Israel versus Lebanon, and here is what I found:
Canadian deaths in Lebanon cast pall over G8 political success for Harper, from the Canadian Press. The story attempts to take a stab at Harper's support for Israel in light of the deaths of Canadians in Lebanon.
Israel pounds Lebanon after 2 soldiers captured, by CTV. This article places all of the blame on Israel for what is happening in the region. I love their definition of Hezbollah: Shiite Muslims, opposed to Israel's occupation of Lebanese territory, created Hezbollah in the 1980s... Hezbollah has become a strong political force, but still has a military branch called the Islamic Resistance, backed by neighbouring Syria. Get it through your skulls people: Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.
Seven Canadians reported dead in Israeli strikes against Lebanon, from Canada.com. I think I was the most disappointed in the coverage provided here. The quote that the seven dead are "all martyrs" is completely unacceptable for a supposedly unbiased press. What makes these people martyrs? In war, death happens. It is ugly, but true.
I, for one, am thankful that Harper is standing up to support Israel. They are a shining beacon of democratic light in a vile, corrupt area. Their neighbours hate them for no other reason than that they exist. Israel has had to fight every day for that one thing that we in Canada take for granted: a peaceful life.
To the media: invest in a few history books.