Monday, May 27, 2002
But what to make of this? In Saturday's Globe and Mail, Salutin and Canadian Jewish Congress leader Keith Landy had a Salon Breakfast Table-like debate about Israel. And Salutin's big point: that Jews shouldn't feel compelled to monolithically and uncritically support Israel! Landy keeps trying to highlight specific issues on why most North American Jews choose to support Israel. In response, Salutin offers critical comments about Israel and continues to argue that he and others have a right to a different opinion.
Is this even a question? Who the heck has been saying that they have to be in lockstep? This reminded me of the kind of "deep thought" in freshman seminar discussions. Sadly, the article does not seem to be available online.
Back in the 1970s, there was a joke about Henry Kissinger grabbing a parachute and diving out of a crashing airplane, saying "I must save myself, because I am the smartest man in the world!" The punch line is that the smartest man in the world has just jumped out of the plane with a backpack. With this point-counterpoint column, I think Rick Salutin has acted out a real-world version of this joke.
No doubt these restrictions create real hardship and ill feeling. Yet once again Graham doesn't seem to notice at all that these may be crucial to restricting the movement of suicide bombers and other terrorists. End the terror wave; no need for these restrictions. Until the terror stops, it would behoove Graham to explain what would represent a proportionate level of travel restrictions. Based on his inability or unwillingness to lay out such a proposal for a proportionate military response, I'm not holding my breath.
WIll this scandal embolden Paul Martin to challenge Chretien for the Liberal leadership this fall? WIll any of the other political parties be able to translate this into votes? WIll Chretien's length of tenure as Prime Minister match that of John Paul II's tenure as the Pope?We'll see.