I’m really not impressed by the news that Harper’s talking like Bush on Iran. Of course Canada by itself can do relatively little to be jingoistic. All we can do is get upset about Russian bombers in international airspace. Harper’s words seem only to be able to give some political cover to the Israeli government if and when the Likudniks go for the airstrike option. He’s cashing in Canada’s reputation for even-handedness on behalf of Israel. For what? Probably the deluded belief that he can carry Jewish-dominated ridings in Toronto and Montreal. Either that or he’s appealing to the John Hagee brand of evangelicals. Of course this only works if you believe in some stereotype that all Jews (and/or all evangelicals) are pathological hawks.


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