Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon

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Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon
by C. L. Cook
What is Canada's position on the "conflict" currently unfolding in Lebanon? It's a simple question, one posed repeatedly by the CBC's 'The National' host Peter Mansbridge of Canada's minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter MacKay tonight with little effect. Who  speaks for Canada, according to the minister, is the G8.

That's just great!
 
A day following the immolation of a Canadian family visiting relatives in Beirut beneath an Israeli bomb, all the representatives of this country, those whose visage projects the nation's image across the world, can bring themselves to say of this war crime come home is:
 
"Go ask the G8 what we think about this."
 

[This is from July 17, 2006, as the "war" in Lebanon was underway.] 
 
Couched in sombre tones by ever insouciant anchor Peter Mansbridge, to perhaps transmit the mildest of rebukes to the masters of the Israeli juggernaut currently taking a neighbouring nation to pieces, and cloaking the naked aggression.
 
Behind the veil of the official line of "provocation by terrorists," (according to minister Mackay, the kidnap of the now world famous soldiers by Hezbollah, was an entirely "unprovoked" attack) the heart of what lay behind this current "escalation" isn't addressed.

Montreal's El-Ahkras family were not the first clan blasted to pieces by Israeli bombs falling from above. Perhaps The National's host was too genteel to mention the families perished during Israel's on-going terror campaign, fetchingly called, 'Summer Rains' currently falling over Palestine?
 
But he might have thought to educated the minister, and the Canadian people paying his salary, to inform them of the facts as printed in several "credible" corporate news organs.
 
  • Those claiming to hold the captured soldiers clearly say their actions were a direct response to Israel's murder and mayhem campaign, its "Killing in the Rain" terror production, shooting now in Palestine.

That high ranking Hamas officials, kidnapped from Gaza two days before the initial taking of the young Israeli corporal there might be construed by one with a mind for detail to be a "provocative" act has evaporated the short memory span of minister MacKay, and found not worth a mention by Mansbridge or his colleagues in the corporate news.

It's amazing, (comical but for the horrendous realities occuring today in Palestine) Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and elsewhere to watch the linguistic gymnastics of State representatives and State broadcasters, literally squirming to avoid anything resembling a criticism of the single most profligate scofflaw on the world stage, save the towering hypocrisy of its American benefactor, that is Israel.

Quickly cut to...

The aftermath of Hezbollah's rocket attacks against cities within Israel... Here document the people effected... "It's despicable cowardice to rain bombs on civilians"... And deplore attacks against civilians anywhere...

Neglected by the CBC: pictures of the dead of Lebanon...
Reduce to statistical oblivion...
Commercial...

Video is available of those most horribly effected by the "Guernica on the Levant;" pictures of limbless babes, headless mothers, uncles, aunts, fathers, sons and daughters rendered to pulpy mush, reduced to raw hamburger goo; held in the arms of the survivors, shocked and frantic to salvage something of the life that once dwelt there.
 

No? Me and Peter Mansbridge either... It's on to the panel discussion... after the break...

But before that, the round table convenes to roundly agree: Iran and Syria are really to blame for wiping out the El-Ahkras family in Beirut.
 
This astonishing leap of logic proffered by Andrew Coyne, of the vaunted 'National Post.' The Post is the crown jewel of the crapulent Canwest Global media monolith, (the same made infamous by their May 19th front page doggerel, 'Iran Eyes Badges for Jews,' a ham-fisted propaganda effort, questioned on-line by the Post itself moments after it hit the streets) The jingoistic attempt to foment war against Iran was an all-time journalistic low. I wrote this at the time.

Back to Dunkirk!

Perhaps it was Peter Mansbridge's last stab at redemption? Or, maybe it's the limit we can expect from those slaving away in the corpo/State media, but Pete slyly inserted a reference verbotten in any discussion of things Israel: The Nazi Comparison.
 
Mansbridge opened his remarks, on a new subject to divert from the murderous behaviour of the Israelis against their nearest neighbours; the topic shifts to "What to do about the thousands of Canadian remaining alive under the Israeli barrage against Lebanon?"
 
There Peter, or his producers tag the piece, 'Canada's Dunkirk in Lebanon.' Or something likewise. Finally: A glimmer of truth emanates Canada's "trusted" news source.
 
Of course, this refers to the evacuation of British and Canadian soldiers from France following a disastrous invasion by Hitler's Nazis. Like those trapped with their backs to the sea facing an unstoppable military machine, the Lebanese would appreciate the comparison; but their electricity plants are bombed.

Peter's comparison is apt: In everything they've done these decades past, and continue now at a quickened pace, Israel resembles perfectly the fascist ideologies that paradoxically parented the State of Israel.
 
The examples are legion, and are daily made more evident. It is a lawless regime, doing as much damage to its own citizens as it metes out to its perceived enemies. It is a violent, remorseless destroyer of worlds for which killing it almost seems is done for its own sake, and it's stoking a fire that threatens now to inflame the entire region, and the world.

In Canada, a primary supporter of Israel's and America's brutal, Iraq-esque sanctions, (levied for no other reason than Palestinians' temerity to elect a government unsuitable to Israel during the hyped elections there last January) the continued deprivation of  monies, medicines, food, and any hope of escaping their walled concentration camp "country" against the Hamas government is also not considered "provocation." In fact, it's just another unmentionable aspect of the "conflict" unfolding over there.

Of course, as the government has no idea what to do about the Canadians currently trapped beneath the aerial destruction of Lebanon, Peter's second "Dunkirk" in Lebanon, (and Afghanistan, for that matter) might better have been tagged, 'Canada's Second Dieppe.' 
 
 
 
 

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