Conservative stripes

Or is it conservative spots Brison is displaying when he blames  Hezbollah for the troubles in Lebanon.

Brison told The Advertiser that he supports the people of Lebanon and Israel and is against Hezbollah and its violence.

He said, ‘Hezbollah is responsible for this violence.’ The group’s unprovoked attacks on Israel caused the situation and by disarming and giving up its prisoners, it can end it.

We refrained from commenting on this article the other day in the
Advertiser -as much as we distrust Brison, we do not disagree – but
some of Brison’s constituents had no restraint at all. Two letters in
this week’s paper might make you wonder whether the shine is going off
Brison’s popularity as it is with Harper.

The first letter to the Advertiser from another Scott, Scott Burbidge, says that Brison’s comments show ” a shocking lack of understanding of the most basic realities of the history and politics of the region.” He says  Brison is ” a faithful supporter of the Bush and Harper administrations“. Really!?!
Mr Burbidge had previously written a letter to the Globe and Mail
locked sadly] in which he said:

Attacking innocent civilian populations and community infrastructure for political or ideological reasons is at the heart of the definition of terrorism in Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation.

Which of course is exactly what Hezbollah does. But this Scott has blinders on one side as he goes on:

I fail to see why the international community should not regard the current Israeli assault on Lebanon as constituting terrorist acts.

The second letter in the Advertiser by Kamal Zebian also strangely  (are these letters co-ordinated?) mentions a history lesson and discusses the definition of terrorism. He says Hezbollah is not a terrorist  organisation but is made up of freedom fighters and ends his letter with “I expect our MP to have a little knowledge before he attempts to discuss issues such as this one.”

Ah , yes, knowledge. But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And
both these letter writers have some reading to do – from the other side
of the fence – before they can claim to have an understanding of the
complexities of this region.

In George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, the Ministry of Truth for the totalitarian state proclaims: Knowledge Is Ignorance; Freedom Is Slavery. The nature of political doublespeak never changes and its agenda is always the same: Obliteration of historical memory in the service of power. ‘The struggle of man against power,’ wrote the Czech writer, Milan Kundera, ‘is
the struggle of memory against forgetting.’ Only a restored memory can demolish totalitarian myths…

Do your homework.

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