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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Watchmaker steadies his delicate hand / I want you / For barbeque parties on blood red sands
— Peter Gabriel, And Through the Wire
October 5, 2004
Condcordia ignores the need for free speech

From today’s Globe & Mail:

Concordia bans talk by ex-Israeli PM
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Montreal — A Montreal university has barred former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak from speaking on campus, igniting a storm over whether the institution is curbing free speech in the name of keeping peace on its politically fractious campus.

In 2002, Benjamin Netenyahu was scheduled to speak and Concodia erupted in violence with a clash between Concordia’s Israeli & Palestinian student groups.

So much for French & English Canada being described as “two nations warring in the bosom of a single state.” Based on what’s happening here, it seems like the Israelis and the Palestinians are never going to get along.

Chadi Marouf quite correctly points out that “Free speech is not unlimited in Canada” but ignores the fundamental truth that inciting violence is not an effective way to oppose free speech, and that’s exactly what happened here last time. It only serves to make those participating in the violence look intolerant.

Treating this as a microcosm of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict leaves me with little hope for a positive future in the middle east: I only hope that this is not the case, and that a long term peace will be sustainable at some point.

Posted by skooter at 9:05 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

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