Letters to the Editor – Jan. 5, 2011

RE: Promoting peace? (Dec. 1, 2010)

When you criticize George Galloway and question his motives of peace because of his support of “terror groups,” I suggest you reconsider who designates an elected government as a “terror group.” I’m sure you have heard the phrase: “one person’s terrorist is another peoples’ freedom fighters.” It can be easily argued that the government of Israel is a “terror group” only with a bigger weaponry and influence. Murder is always murder and bombs explode, right? So should we condemn all the Canadian politicians for their support of the “terror group” of Israel?

It also comes off as insensitive when you say the Palestinians “chose to accept Israeli citizenship” as if it they are to blame for the conditions they are faced with. You say that although Hamas was democratically elected they have “oppressed Gazans.” Was it oppressive when the Israeli military killed hundreds of Gazans indiscriminately and decimated hospitals, schools, mosques and food depots just over one year? Is that not terror?

The designation of Hamas and the government of Iran as “hate-filled . . . murderous groups” by Western media and governments is politically motivated, maybe? It might have something to do with the overarching influence of that other terrorist group I mentioned earlier. Just a guess. If you heard Galloway speak last week you would have noticed he did not advocate terrorism. What a surprise, eh?

Jonathan Wilson

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