Five Lebanese-Canadians from a single family were killed in an Israeli air strike on a Lebanese border town on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
Terrible news, but frankly this should be a wakeup call to Canadians. The Israeli government has gone way over the top in its response to the events in Gaza and at the Lebanese Border, and Canadians (if not our utterly inept and sycophantic Federal Government) ought to be speaking out against them.
It should also be, frankly, a wakeup call to Canadian Jews. You and I have watched a nation that was Heroic in the 70s turn into a militaristic/emperialistic pack of pricks of the 80s and 90s, and I think it is time for Jews outside of Israel to disconnect their source of spiritual sustenance from that nation if they are not prepared to act to make that nation behave as a responsible member of the International Community.
The idea that the Palestinians, or Hamas or Hezbollah, constitute an "existential threat" hasn't been true for three decades. It is time to stop acting like victims. It's also time to stop leaning on the Holocaust/Anti-Semiticism as a kind of all purpose excuse for any act of stupidity that Israel chooses to perpetuate.
And the same message that Canada is delivering to its Muslim population should be directed at its Jewish population: its time to leave the old ways behind and start thinking of the good of Canada, (which in this case entails thinking of the good of the Middle East in general, and not just the old "home team" Israel). It does not do the Canadian nation any good to operate as the Mini-Me of the American empire as it flashes the green light to one of its other client states to drop as many bombs as they want on whoever they want.
Because this time they got Canadians, the people who you are supposed to owe your allegiance to.
Update, 2:45: We're up to 8 Lebanese Canadians dead beneath Israeli bombs. Yo Jason Cherniak! You've been talking tough as hell on this Israeli Invasion stuff. What's your opinion on the slaughter of your Canadian countrymen? Just collateral damage? Were they aiding the enemy just being there?