Thursday, September 10, 2009

Why debate on the Middle East is pointless

Ms. Klein and her armchair storm troopers are clamouring for nothing short of the annihilation of the Jewish state. They are effectively Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's local fifth column.*

No doubt this short post of mine will get the usual reaction from some commenters--"you're obsessed with Israel," etc., and the veiled accusations of anti-Semitism that invariably accompany it.

But the point is worth making: if it's nearly impossible to have a decent conversation about the Middle East right here in Canada, how much more so it must be to have that conversation where it counts--in the Middle East, where the blood is actually flowing.

Thanks a bunch, Robert Lantos, for your helpful contribution, and to the Globe and Mail editor who made the decision to publish it.

* Some will claim that I took the quote above out of context--that it is prefaced by "If [Tel Aviv] is disputed territory, then...". But that's simply an adroit use of a strawman to introduce the Nazi reference. Klein and the others have never called for the "return" of Tel Aviv to present-day Palestinians. Rather, they ask us to remember history, much as Canadians are urged these days to remember from whom we Europeans obtained our land, and how.

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