8/25/2006

Kenney at "Human Rights" Rally

I am not so partisan in my thinking that I can't acknowledge when a Conservative makes a very serious mistake.
According to a story from the Canadian Press, reprinted here at CTV, Conservative MP Jason Kenney has just come under fire for attending a rally hosted by a terrorist organization.
A photograph of Kenney at an April rally, organized by the Committee in Defense of Human Rights in Iran, appears on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran... The council is the political wing of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), which is one of the names used by the Mujaheedin-e-Khalq. The Mujaheedin-e-Khalq is an armed Iranian rebel group formally designated as a terror group by the governments of Canada, the United States and the European Union.
The Liberals are, of course, licking their chops in delight and throwing about the word "hypocrite." In my opinion, they should be more careful with their choice of wording. There is a big difference between unknowingly attending a rally hosted by terrorists and deliberately calling for a terrorist organization to be removed from our list. One is a sin of ignorance; the other is deliberate.
I should mention that it does not surprise me at all that a terrorist group would hide behind a Human Rights Committee. In fact, it's the sort of thing I have come to expect from people like this. What do people think terrorist organizations do? Come right out and say "Hey! Here we are?"
The smartest thing for the Conservatives to do at this point would be to issue some sort of apology for their ignorance. They should make a statement indicating that they will do better research on the hosts of whatever rallies they attend from now on. To make excuses for what happened would only make matters worse.

7 comments:

Matt said...

My post and comments detail My take on the issue

Red Tory said...

For the umpteenth time Wrzesnewskyj did NOT call for Hezebollah to be removed from the terrorist list. He pointed out that being unable to meet with them and/or negotiate directly with them as a result of this was counterproductive.

TangoJuliette said...

RT:

For the unpteenth time to a factor of "n", I don't recall seeing your byline on any of the reports from Lebanon.

Maybe we less erudite will just stick with what the reports say, not what a backpeddalling disgraced/embarassed Grit MP might want the nation to believe that he said what he said he said, and did not say what the reporters say that he said.

'nuff said!

Anonymous said...

What matters is not the attendance or avoidance of a rally but rather what the attendee did or said at the rally. If I went to a islamofascist rally and waved an Israeli flag I would be showing my support of Israel. If I were invited to speak at that same rally and said that I beleived that all people would be happier if they lived in a western style democracy there can be no blame attached to my attending the rally. If what I heard Kenney say is indeed what he said at the rally then he need apologize to no one.

jdave34 said...

"Maybe we less erudite will just stick with what the reports say"

Considering how conservatives never ever ever shut their mouths about the MSM, and how it can't be trusted, and how it never tells the truth, I find it quite ironic that you should make that comment.

Perhaps Kenney isn't the only hypocrite?

TangoJuliette said...

FYI:
There are sources of information available, beyond that which you label the MSM. These sources are non-anglophone, non-Canadian and have proven to be very accurate and reliable.

Al Warren said...

"There is a big difference between unknowingly attending a rally hosted by terrorists and deliberately calling for a terrorist organization to be removed from our list. One is a sin of ignorance; the other is deliberate."

Nice way to skew the debate. There is zero chance that Kenney's "due diligence" research into this group wouldn't have revealed that he was speaking before an MEK front organization. Try it yourself with Google.

Like Stockwell Day, Kenney clearly doesn't believe that the MEK are all that bad, and thought he could get away with this. Principles are only principles if they are applied consistently, otherwise they're just political opportunism.

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