On a warm Sunday afternoon, in the leafy lanes of Ward's Island, with the last flowers of the summer in full bloom, it should have been possible to forget about the horror of Gaza.
At least for a few hours. Especially now that another shaky truce has been announced.
But in this Gaza summer, how can I forget nightmare images like this one?
So many children killed. Slaughtered like lambs.
So many wounded and traumatized.
At least 2,744 children have also been reported injured. Some of the young victims, who suffered debilitating injuries for which no treatment is available in Gaza, need to be referred for treatment outside the coastal enclave.
Around 400,000 children are showing symptoms of distress, including bed wetting, clinging to parents and nightmares, and need psychosocial support. Half of Gaza's 1.8 million people are children under the age of 18.
And what I absolutely can't forget or forgive is the cruelty of Stephen Harper, who is still refusing to allow wounded Palestinian children to be brought here for treatment.
Ottawa is refusing to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment, despite pleas from hospitals, health-care workers and the Ontario government.
It’s too risky to transport injured children and keep them away from family, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Adam Hodge via email. He said Ottawa’s “exploring” other kinds of aid but wouldn’t say what that would entail or when it would materialize.
Other countries are making plans to treat them in their hospitals. The British government is sending a medical team.
But the Cons are doing absolutely NOTHING to help those wounded children...
Because they know that to do so would remind Canadians that Stephen Harper all but endorsed the slaughter of those innocents, by cheering on the Netanyahu settler regime's far too brutal assault on Gaza. And never ONCE calling for restraint.
Because for Harper crass politics comes before people, even if they're small and wounded and terrorized.
But then what do we expect when he is the leader of a foul regime, where Jason Kenney would plant this quote from the Con stooge Rex Murphy at the top of his Twitter site:
Rex Murphy-"When Israel is in conflict, all other wars are relegated to the sideshow tents" by protesters on the left http://t.co/PBlG9P0nYX
— Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) August 9, 2014
To suggest that we shouldn't care so much about the slaughter of the children of Gaza, save it for other children, and dilute our outrage.
While at the same time replacing his face on his website with this ghastly symbol...
The one the bloodthirsty fanatics from ISIS daub on the homes of Iraqi Christians.
Because for threatened Christians, Kenney and the other Cons have all the time and the sympathy in the world. But for wounded Palestine children they have none whatsoever.
It's beyond belief. A betrayal of every Canadian value I believe in. An absolute atrocity.
But of course we will use all of the above against them, to make Canadians dislike them even more than they already do.
Make their Great Leader look even more like a disgusting bully.
And the next time he tries to pose as a champion of children...
We'll boo him loudly. Or laugh in his face.
Shame the cruel bully. Sign the petition.
The least we can do for those broken children is try to heal their wounds.
The least we can do for our country is defeat that monstrous leader.
Canada is a beautiful place...
But what kind of beautiful country would let these children die?
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