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Israel, Terrorism, and the Morality of National Defence

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Published on Sep 26, 2006

Two days after the July 12, 2006 kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah terrorists who were stationed in Lebanon, I was a member of Michael Coren's news discussion panel. With me on the panel were journalist Claire Hoy, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Sid Ryan.

Not mentioned explicitly in the clip is that, at CUPE's May 2006 convention, Sid stood for re-election. He supported CUPE's resolution 50, which called for a boycott and sanctions against Israel for what was referred to as "apartheid" against Palestinians. He was re-elected.

For the first 11 minutes or so, Sid does most of the talking (nothing new for Sid), but what he says is both interesting and revealing. To my mind, he epitomizes the pacifist in refusing to distinguish between killing and murder; he epitomizes the left, and its, er um, "attitude" toward Jews and Israel; and he demonstrates the deep...let's just say "compatibilities"...between international socialistic trade unionism and international Islamic terrorism.

Sid propounds the idea that Israel's response is morally equivalent to Hezbollah's attacks on Israel, and implies that the side most blameworthy is the side that has killed the most people.

My assertion (about 12 minutes in) that Hezbollah is, morally speaking, the murderer of its own human shields when those individuals are killed by Israeli bombs during an Israeli defensive strike sends Sid on nothing short of a tirade.

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