Re: Randy Janzen letter “Not a black and white issue” of Friday, December 14.
Aside from the pseudo-intellectual analysis of Jason Kenney and his position on the Israel – Gaza situation, Mr. Janzen’s letter tells us Canadians are “critical of violence as a means to solve political crises.” If so, why not criticize those who consistently scuttle peace agreements.
It is the Palestinians who have broken the peace treaties with hundreds of Iranian-supplied rocket attacks. Have we forgotten the suicide bombers proudly sent to disrupt the most democratically free nation in the Middle East. And how about the cheering in Gazan streets after 911.
Something else troubling about Randy Janzen’s contribution is the cavalier dismissal of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fanaticism. Ahmadinejad represents the overt sentiments of many in his region, he has power and his country is still driving towards nuclear capability. Does anyone really think that Iran’s bellicose president wouldn’t carry out his insane genocidal threats if given the chance?
It’s easy to speak in platitudes referring to values, justice, etc. But, for decades I’ve watched the hopeful peace plans come and go only to see one side of this never-ending-story seemingly kill it every time! I don’t believe the Palestinians really want to live in peace with their Israelis. I sincerely hope they prove me wrong.
Paul Van Caeseele