Politics is the art of the possible, but it is also a matter of, to use the French expression, how much water to put in the wine. Put too much in and it loses its essence. Too little and only the real connoisseurs–the died-in-the wool adherents–will drink it. Layton jumped up and down on Libby Davies when she referred to injustices to the Palestinians back to 1948 rather than just 1967. Was his reaction due to the “wine”, firm conviction, or the “water”, concern for continuing support of his Jewish constituency, largely Zionist?
To stretch the metaphor further, beyond the issue of how much water is added is the question of what is in the wine.Er, my thoughts exactly when I read the above, as in, "What on earth are you people drinking?"
(Layton's "Jewish constituency" "Zionist"? Fat chance. Being of the leftish persuasion, NDP Jews are far likelier to be of the J-Street or Not In Our Name ilk--the ilk which would cheer loopy Libby's efforts. Such an accusation is nothing more than undisguised Jew-hate.)
Update: But wait, there's more CC lunacy. It has composed an "open letter" to the mosqueteria-lovin' Toronto school board advising it on the best way to commemorate an upcoming 10th anniverary (i.e. by focusing on kafir infamy while accentuating the postives and eliminating the negatives re Muslim involvement/complicity in the horror) (h/t Sassy).
No need to worry, CCers. The TDSB is already completely in synch with your worldview.
Update: From the TDSB's "Teaching About Human Rights: 9/11 and Beyond":
4. Discuss with all students how we might best understand the events of September 11 and its consequences for our local, national, and international communities. Refer students to their completed Appendix 1.6. Explain that some of these issues will be the basis of further study in Activities 2, 3, 4, and 5. Finally, ask how the events of September 11 have affected people’s lives across the globe with respect to:
- violence and war
- loss (of family members, homes, safety, etc.
- heightened security measures such as racial profiling or restricted movement
- human/civil rights violations
Yup, it's fully simpatico with the Canadian Charger p.o.v.