Would that in the U.S. we had a president like Stephen Harper. "Harper vows to stand up for Israel," by Jennifer Ditchburn for The Canadian Press, November 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
OTTAWA - Stephen Harper says he'll take a forceful stand against anti-Israel rhetoric no matter the political cost to his government at international organizations such as the United Nations and the Francophonie.
The prime minister delivered the opening speech Monday at a two-day conference on anti-Semitism, taking place on Parliament Hill.
He noted Canada's unsuccessful bid for a UN security council seat this fall, saying he believes the country is morally obligated to stand up against those who would attack Israel.
"And I know, by the way, because I have the bruises to show for it, that whether it is at the United Nations or any other international forum, the easy thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israel rhetoric, to pretend it is just being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of honest broker.
"There are, after all, a lot more votes -- a lot more -- in being anti-Israel than in taking a stand."
The reference to "honest broker" was a thinly veiled swipe at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff....
Ignatieff reiterated what Liberals have long touted as a balanced approach to achieving peace in the Middle East: recognition of two separate states --Israel and Palestine -- with justice and security for both.
A fantasy, because of the jihad doctrine, which will not allow for the existence of Israel at all.
Nevertheless he added: "Let us also be very clear. A democratic state like Canada cannot be neutral as between a democratic state and a terrorist organization. There is no honest broker between those two."...
Exactly. And indeed, those who call for such neutrality, such as the Islamic supremacist Iran shill Reza Aslan, thereby expose the hollowness of their Islamic "moderation."
Harper said Israel may be subjected to fair criticism, and noted that Israel subjects itself to such criticism as part of a healthy, democratic debate. But he spoke of a "solemn duty" to defend the vulnerable and challenge the aggressor at home and abroad.
"Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tells us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us."
Yes, and that is because they are Islamic jihadists who hold to a belief-system that demands that they make war against and subjugate non-Muslims under the rule of Sharia.