Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Horror of Gaza and the Crimes of Stephen Harper
The situation in Gaza couldn't be bleaker or more horribly symbolic.
The brutal Israeli assault continues.
The lights have gone out.
Efforts to end the violence are going nowhere.
And Stephen Harper's Middle East policy couldn't be less helpful or more criminal.
Canada’s bully-boy approach to Gaza may be politically expedient for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But in terms of bringing peace to the Middle East it is not helpful. If anything, it makes matters worse.
But then why should anybody be surprised? When Harper's entire foreign policy couldn't be less principled.
This prime minister has two types of foreign policy. Both are short-term. Both focus on immediate, domestic political goals. His first approach is to favour countries useful to Canadian resource companies.
Or more crass.
Harper’s second foreign affairs strategy is to take hardline positions that will win favour with specific voting blocs in Canada. This explains his vigorous support of Israel.
Because as we all know, he will do or say ANYTHING to try to win the ethnic vote.
Or please his good buddy Benny Netanyahu...
Who he would blow like a trumpet.
Even though the scale of Israel's brutal assault on Gaza cannot be justified by any measure of humanity.
Amnesty International said the crippling of the power station amounted to "collective punishment of Palestinians". The strike on the plant will worsen already severe problems with Gaza's water supply, sewage treatment and power supplies to medical facilities.
Hamas is wrong to fire rockets at Israel. It's criminally irresponsible and counter productive. But as Walkom points out, the Con regime ignores the context of history.
The Canadian government approach does not take into account the bitter war that led so many Palestinians to flee the newly created state of Israel in 1948. Nor does it contemplate Israel’s equally bitter occupation of the West Bank since 1967, an occupation carried out in defiance of the United Nations Security Council.
Or the desperation of a caged people.
How would Canadians feel if, like the 1.8 million Palestinian residents of Gaza, they were confined to what British Prime Minister David Cameron has likened to a gigantic prison camp — cut off from the rest of world by foreign soldiers and subject to a crippling trade blockade on virtually everything?
Israel's disproportionate and savage response IS collective punishment.
Anyone who kills children so casually, or cuts off power to baby incubators is guilty of crimes against humanity.
In the clinic for newborns, when the power goes, the incubators for premies no longer function. The temperature soars; the oxygen stops. Doctors and nurses try to pump oxygen manually until the power goes on, but sometimes they are too late or it just doesn’t work. These tiny beings—too tiny even to open their eyes—never see the world they were born into.
As I've said many times before, I have no axe to grind in the Middle East. I'm for peace and a two-state solution. I do not support the violent men on either side. I'm for the healers not the killers.
But enough is ENOUGH.
And when even people like Harper's Con cousin David Cameron are calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
What we're seeing is absolutely heartbreaking in terms of the loss of life, and the pictures that everyone has seen on their television screen are really heart-rending and everyone wants to see this stopped, so an immediate unconditional ceasefire, that is what is required," Cameron said.
Harper's silence is both disgusting and un-Canadian.
And the good news?
Harper's unconditional support of Netanyahu's Death Machine will eventually cost him more votes than any he might have gained so far, by sucking up to those who have forgotten their own tragic history, have lost their moral compass, and are now acting like bullies and savages.
For as more Palestinians are killed, and more of Gaza is destroyed, more decent Canadians will be revolted.
Harper's image as a foul bully will only be reinforced.
And the monsters he has aroused will eventually destroy him...
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