According to an article by the Chronicle Herald, the Canadian Arab Federation is holding Prime Minister Harper responsible for the Canadians killed in Israel's bombing of Lebanon. The statement, plus a few others, can be found at the CAF website. Among other things, they say:
We also hold the Canadian government morally responsible for the death of these 8 Canadians since its unconditional support for Israel has emboldened Israel to escalate its aggression against Lebanon and occupied Palestine.
These acts of aggression amounting to war crimes come on the heel of the war crimes being committed by Israel in Gaza... CF views the Canadian government's inaction as encouraging Israel to continue committing war crimes against innocent Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. As such, Canada will be morally responsible for the bombing and invasion of Lebanon and Gaza, and for its complicity in IsraelÂs plan to isolate and starve the democratically-elected Palestinian government.
These accusations are outrageous to say the least. "I don't think that warrants a response," Harper shot back Monday. "ItÂs a bizarre accusation." I am so happy our Prime Minister has the good sense not to respond to these extremists. The very idea that our government is responsible for the deaths of civilians in a war which we are not waging is preposterous.
Adding to the insanity,, we have this article from the National Post. I seem to recall the Post as a balanced newspaper. Clearly, those days are gone. The article quotes individuals calling Hezbollah their "protector."
Ms. Akhras accused the Canadian media and Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister, of twisting the truth about the conflict and the role of Hezbollah, which Canada has listed as a terrorist organization. "Hezbollah is our protector," she said. "I ask Mr. Harper to be on our side and to say the truth about Israel -- to say that Israel entered into my house, that Hezbollah was protecting my house. That is the truth."
The truth about Israel? Like what? That it's not a nation but a Zionist entity? That they used "disproportionate force" to retrieve their kidnapped soldiers? Or wait, are you actually going to sit there and try convince me and every other average Canadian that this situation is Israel's fault? That Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations?
To the media: stop reporting these lies. Stopping lending printing this anti-Semitic propaganda. Invest in some history books. Visit the region for yourselves! Learn the facts. Don't accept anything less than the truth. Report honestly! The slant you are putting on this story is unjust both to the Canadians who died in Lebanon and to Israel. You do a disservice to the people of Canada when all you print are lies and propaganda.
Suppose the soldiers who had been kidnapped were Canadian. Would you not be furiously printing articles demanding that the Canadian military (such as it is) respond quickly, decisively and to the fullest measure? Why should we forbid another country the same justice we would demand for ourselves? Hypocrites! Do not forget who it was that made the first strike! Hezbollah had no reason to kidnap those Israeli soldiers. If they were a just organization, desiring to benefit Lebanon, then they should have found a more positive outlet than a criminal kidnapping.
Also, terrorist organizations are not, nor should they be, accorded the same rights as legitimate governments. They are a criminal element! These terrorist should be caught, tried for their crimes and duly punished.
I am tired of the leniency you press give them.