Friday, August 11, 2006

Questionnable relations

In Montreal, a city that is known for sheltering a relatively huge Lebanese community, a demonstration was held in the streets of the city in which I live on Sunday in order to let people freely show their support for Lebanon (and also Palestine) against Israel, the “invader”. In fact, some deputies belonging to some federal and provincial political parties came to the demonstration in question.

Any given politician who came to this demonstration has done an irreparable blunder. In fact, many demonstrators, mostly of Arabic heritage, who were at the demonstration, were candidly showing their support for the Hezbollah by brandishing the Hezbollah’s flag. Furthermore, the politicians who came at this demonstration didn’t probably care about the fact that people will associate them with a terrorist organization in the likes of the Hezbollah, which is considered illegal by the Canadian government since 2002.1 Obviously, the Canadian political opposition parties have cast opprobrium on their image.

The Parti Québécois, the Liberal Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois are definitely turning a blind eye on terrorism, because they didn’t really seem to care about the fact that some people brandished the Hezbollah’s flag. Even though the Hezbollah is 1) a Lebanese political party and 2) a “charitable organization” that runs schools and hospitals in the South of Lebanon, it has, nonetheless, 3) a very anti-Semitic terrorist branch that is looking forward to destroy Israel. The third statement made in the previous sentence clearly reveals us, as opposed to what some ignorant people who blindly support the Hezbollah say, that this terrorist organization doesn’t want peace at all.

Furthermore, don’t forget that this Shiite organization led by Hassan Nasrallah is financed by Syria and Iran, which is a country that has a president (and a clumsy liar) who is openly anti-Semitic by the way. Don’t be surprised if you saw the president of the Fédérations des Travailleurs du Québec (FTQ) Henri Massé do a such a smart analysis: “The attacker is completely Israel.”2 Instead of exhorting the international community to order a cease-fire with neutrality some people are backing up a side by blaming the other one (i.e. Israel) as if the latter was the only criminal that must be fingered.

As you all know it, the very complex concept of neutrality implies the fact that one is plainly “not supporting either side in a conflict”.3 Showing empathy for Lebanese people is easily justifiable, but condoning the presence of a bunch of narrow-minded fake political scientists who support the Hezbollah is definitely a lack of neutrality. In fact, it’s a tacit support for terrorism, which is hindering the establishment of peace in the Middle East, and also a despicable display of laissez-faire attitude towards the Hezbollah. Furthermore, those who support the Hezbollah believe that they’re 100% right and the pro-Israel people are 100% wrong. This article is to be continued in one week.

1. Frédéric Lavoie. « Un serveur montréalais piraté par le Hezbollah », La Presse, Montreal, August 10, 2006, p. A5

2. Henri Massé quoted in Lysianne Gagnon. « Et vive le terrorisme! », La Presse, Montreal, August 10, 2006, p. A17

3. [s.a]. The Compact English Dictionary, Omega Books, Hertfordshire, 1985, p. 190

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