Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Morning's Feuilletons

1. Resolved: "One must take a stand. One simply must. . . Let them worry. Let them wonder if we're carrying a tool or if we have a crew. I'd like to go back, do it properly, deface the thing with red paint so there's no swastika visible. You can't have the main street, a shopping and commercial street, in a civilized city patrolled by intimidators who work for a Nazi organization. It is not humanly possible to live like that. One must not do that. There may be more important problems in Lebanon, but if people on Hamra don't dare criticize the SSNP, well fuck. That's occupation.”

Everybody in favour signify by saying aye. Aye.

2. Ah yes, the peace of the concentration camp: Do pardon my language, Mullah Mutassim, but I must say, fuck you.

3. Am inclined similarly here. Just string him up. All his mates as well.

4. Local boy makes good.

5. Two can play at this "boycott" game: Just yesterday I got a dispatch via the pneumatique (which the young people nowadays call "email") from Shalom Lappin, containing a copy of his splendid letter to York University. I see it's all over the worldwide interwebs now.

6. Tom Hawthorn has never written an uninteresting story in his entire life. Dang, he's good.

7. Natasha Fatah, a journalist from whom we all should hear more, tells this story.

8. Dance, ye townie bastard!

And I am wholeheartedly in favour of this sort of innovation, now joined by this:


Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

"Nor do I see criticism of Israel as the problem here. I have frequently spoken out publicly against the policies of the Israeli government, most recently in a joint letter and comments critical of Israel’s operation in Gaza, published in the Observer in January."

This bit is disappointing. Polishing up his Leftist credentials by way of pre-empting the accusation, sure to follow, that Jews tend to silence criticism of Israel by claiming antisemitism.

The events at York University have nothing whatsoever to do with being for or against Israel's policies. They are about the safe application of the principle of liberality and civility in a civilized society, especially academia. When Lappin feels he needs to disclose his own politics by way of justifying his pursuit of these principles on the grounds that he himself was opposed, like the York rioters, to the Gaza operation, he inserts an irrelevant factor which undermines the very purity of the principle involved. His is the mirror image of "Jews for Gaza", as though the mere fact of being Jewish gives m any greater moral authority to their choices.

The York events are insupportable in an absolute kind of way and should be the concern of every Canadian, no matter where they stands in relation to Israel, etc. This 'incident' is about Canada, not Israel.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

For mercy's sake you don't call yourself contentious for nothing do you. Quite right about this being about more than just Israel, though.

11:47 AM  

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