Sunday, November 14, 2010

Salim Mansur on anti semitism and HM PM Harper

Prof Mansur praises HM PM Harper on his stand with Israel and against anti Semitism. I concur!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech this week at a global conference in Ottawa on combating anti-Semitism was eloquent, heartfelt, deeply moving, and courageous when courage is sorely needed of our leaders in these scoundrel times.

This is the week of Remembrance, and Harper rightly reminded us the oldest enduring bigotry against Jews still thrives in our midst when Israel is “the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack.” And this means “we are morally obligated to take a stand.”

As I read Harper’s words I recalled the writings of Pierre Van Paassen (1895-1968), a Dutch-Canadian who served with the Canadian infantry in France during the First World War.

He took up journalism after the war with the Toronto Globe, and during the 1930s reported from Europe as an international correspondent for the Toronto Daily Star.

Van Paassen watched the rise of Hitler in Germany, reported how Stalin turned Russia into a gulag, and witnessed the chilling gangsterism of fascists and Bolsheviks across Europe. He spoke to the leaders of Britain and France, and wrote of their spinelessness in the face of the darkness once more engulfing the continent.

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