Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Gaza, Israel, and the Dangerous Harper Doctrine
It's an enduring mystery, a strange thing. Why does Stephen Harper seem to like Israel more than he likes Canada?
What is it about that country that moves him so much, and makes his cold dead eyes moisten with emotion?
Why is he encouraging Israel's savage assault on Gaza, at a time when most of the world is calling for restraint?
The Ottawa Citizen's Mark Kennedy thinks he knows the answer. It's because Harper is a very moral leader.
What motivates him? It’s about the simplicity of right and wrong, of good and evil. And it’s also about the complexity of the need to take the right side — Israeli democracy versus Islamist terror — in a geopolitical conflict that could some day have impact on Canada.
Morality and self-protection. They are the principles at the core of the Harper Doctrine.
Which of course is laughable. When the Harper Doctrine is a joke. Harper is the most immoral leader in Canadian history, and a shameless stooge of the Netanyahu settler regime.
Who would do or say anything to pander to the ethnic vote...
His rigid, unimaginative bullhorn diplomacy isn't protecting Canadians, it's placing them in greater danger.
And of course there's nothing moral about his support for Netanyahu's war.
Nothing moral about all those dead children...
Buried in the rubble or stored in ice cream freezers.
Gaza's morgues are overflowing to such an extent that medics are being forced to pack babies' bodies into ice cream freezers, shocking pictures have revealed.
The United Nations has warned that Gaza's medical facilities are 'on the verge of collapse' with buildings left in ruins and half of medics unable to get to work.
Palestinians say corpses now litter the streets and casualties fill the blood-stained emergency room floors of Gaza's hospitals, a third of which have been damaged in the fighting.
And nothing moral about the way entire neighbourhoods are being obliterated.
Or wiped off the map.
But then that's not the only thing Mark Kennedy gets wrong.
He is also too quick to dismiss the influence of religion on Harper's unhinged foreign policy...
Even though the Harper Doctrine is eerily similar to the doctrine of his Christian and Mission Alliance Church.
Apart from “relentless” proselytizing – something which Stephen Harper never does, knowing it would be political suicide – the C&MA lays out a worldview based on a belief in the “inerrant” nature of the Bible. The Bible is not seen as metaphorical or symbolic in any way; rather it is judged to contain within it the literal truth about everything to do with the world.
That instructs its followers to believe that Armageddon is imminent, and that only Israel can save them from the Antichrist.
The designated opponent of the Antichrist, at the battle of Armageddon, will be Israel, according to many believers. In this context, it is easier to understand Stephen Harper’s unwavering, even at times baffling devotion to support of Israel, against the flow of world affairs, and in contradistinction to the positions of our closest allies. He is acting as if he sees the fate of Israel as the touchstone for the fate of the earth and human civilization.
And this quote in Kennedy's story only proves how much religion influences Harper's thinking.
In contemporary debates that influence the fate of the Jewish homeland, unfortunately, there are those who reject the language of good and evil. They say that the situation is not black and white, that we mustn’t choose sides.”
For only religious fanatics see the world in black or white, or in terms of good and evil. And they don't make good diplomats, or good Prime Ministers.
But they are dangerous. Bad for Canada and the world.
And the last thing the poor people of Gaza need...
Which is why I really can't wait for the day when we can defeat Great Messiah Leader, and his crazy gang of religious fanatics.
Make Canada safe and sane again.
And send them all back to their Promised Land...
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