Sunday, June 19, 2011

You go, girl!



End the siege of Gaza. Support the Canadian boat.

From The Star :
"32 Canadians are expected to join the international flotilla comprising 10 boats and approximately 1,000 activists taking medical, school and construction supplies to Gaza.
The supplies are the practical facet of the convoy — organizers have said it’s a symbolic journey to draw the world’s attention to Gaza.
The Canadian vessel has been named Tahrir — after Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt where the uprising began against ousted president Hosni Mubarak."
Peace activist and former Iraq hostage James Loney says : "Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a responsibility to protect Canadian citizens who are unarmed and on a peaceful mission."

Steve doesn't actually have much of a record backing Canadian citizens who are unarmed and on a peaceful mission over attacks from Israel, or even asking any awkward questions about it.

In July 2006, a UN observer post in Lebanon contacted Israeli troops 10 times in six hours to stop shelling them. The Israeli officer promised after each call to have the bombing stopped but finally a direct hit took out the post, killing four UN observers including Canadian Forces Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener.
The UN's Kofi Annan called the attack "deliberate"; Steve called it "measured".

Alice Walker : "This is the Freedom Ride of this era - to get on this boat, make it to Gaza, to join our stories to their stories, to know that these oppressions can be ended."
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4 comments:

Rick Barnes said...

Gaga is on the edge all the time, something I think many of us are. We are there, on the edge, trying to change things, do it peacefully but assertively. Its hard to be there all the time. It becomes easier when someone with reach joins the cause.

Thats why I feel gaga so much. She reaches inside me and pulls me out. Hope she can do that with many more peeps out there.

Beijing York said...

I still bristle about the targeted strike that took Major Paeta Hess-von Kruedener's life. Harper dismissed his death so coldly while ensuring the media didn't dwell on it. Meanwhile, he spent his first few years as PM playing up the whole "support the troops"/"red fridays" rah rah rah. Only those Canadian Forces men and women killed in Afghanistan were heroes, while the UN observer was nothing more than an unfortunate incident.

Harper will side with the IDF should any harm come to those courageous Canadians aboard the boat to Gaza. But hopefully the flotilla gets to Gaza safely with the world cheering them on, leaving Harper, once again, on the wrong side of history.

Anonymous said...

Rick, what is the connection between Gaga and Gaza?

b_nichol said...

@Anonymous:
Emily Litella?

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