2006/08/02

Ignatieff re Middle East

Michael Ignatieff emerged from solitude today and pronounced on the Middle East conflict in an op-ed piece in the Globe and Mail. He criticized the Harper government's response to the Middle East crisis as "inadequate" and called for an immediate ceasefire. In doing so he joined other Liberal leadership candidates who had already called for a ceasefire.

Ignatieff's three-week silence is puzzling. This is not academe where you can take weeks or years to formulate your position. This is the real world in all its horror which calls for real leadership. While Harper's prompt support of Israel may yet prove unwise, at least the man is decisive. Which is more than we can say about Ignatieff's belated comments on a critical issue of the day.

The Middle East situation is perplexing. It has bedevilled world leaders for the past 60 years. A two-state solution is necessary but it is not obvious how we can achieve it given the irreconciable positions of the protaganists.

4 comments:

Down easter said...

I sympathize with the Israelis but it's hard to stomach what they are doing to civilians in Lebanon. Hezbollah's laughing. They're winning the PR battle even though they started the current conflict.

Pete said...

"It has bedevilled world leaders for the past 60 years. A two-state solution is necessary but it is not obvious how we can achieve it given the irreconciable positions of the protaganists."

Because of what happened 60 years ago a One State Solution (and not a religious state in any way shape and/or form!!! This includes the concept of a "Jewish" state) is not possible. Which is unfortuante because in hindsight, and to the many many thousands of Palestinians forced into refugee camps in the late 40s and onwards, the arrogant Western-mistake of a two state solution has become almost necessary. The conflict won't be resolved, I fear, until there is one state left in the region. Let us hope that it is neither Israel nor a Islamic "theocracy" along the same lines. Either of those two options requires nothing short of genocide.

Radical Centrist said...

Ignatieff's 3-weeks of silence aren't puzzling - he was out of the country with his wife attending to her parents who are very ill. He only got back to Canada late last weekend.

Anonymous said...

t-h-r-e-e
W-E-E-K-S!!!!

We are in a global war...All of us.

THIS...is a leader??

No.