Advocating Genocide as Electoral Tactic
- Advocating Genocide as Electoral Tactic
October 6, 2008
In a 60 Minutes interview from 1996, then US ambassador to
Washington, Madeleine Albright infamously quipped of the deaths of
half a million Iraqi children to maintain US policy: " we think the
price is worth it."1 On 24 September, a prominent Canadian politician
said that the collective punishment of the Palestinian people " is
the right thing to do." The name candidate with Canada's Liberal
Party delivered a shocking statement that is, in essence, advocating
a genocide against 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza.
Speaking at Toronto's Beth Emeth synagogue, hockey hall-of-fame
goalie, former federal cabinet minister, and current member of the
Canadian parliament for the Ontario riding of York Centre, Ken Dryden
sounded like an arch-Zionist:
Stop all aid that flows into Gaza. While that may seem a harsh
measure that will hurt Palestinian civilians it is the right thing
to do at this time.2 [emphasis added]
Journalist Paul Weinberg considered that Dryden was "trying to out-
Israel" his competition from the staunchly pro-Zionist Conservative
Party, Rochelle Wilner, a hard-liner and former B'nai Brith
Dryden's campaign manager, Ruth Thorkelson, contradicted her
candidate. She stated that the Liberal Party position was for a
Canadian government boycott of aid but to indirectly support UN
Since Palestinians in Gaza were already starving,3 a call for cutting
off all aid to Gaza is tantamount to a call for a mass starvation. It
is advocating collective punishment a war crime, as stipulated by
the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is advocating genocide.
While with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Christa
Rottensteiner argued that cutting all aid could be a war crime, crime
against humanity, and/or genocide. The requisites for genocide are
The denial of humanitarian assistance could fit into the categories
of "killing members of the group", "causing serious bodily or mental
harm to members of the group" and "deliberately inflicting on the
group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical
destruction in whole or in part", provided that the prerequisites for
genocide are fulfilled. What was said for murder as a war crime is
also applicable, mutatis mutandis, to genocide.4
Wrote Rottensteiner, "[T]he impact of the denial of humanitarian
assistance can be just as strong as massacres 'committed with
So far no word has been forthcoming from Liberal Party leader
Stéphane Dion on Dryden's racist remarks, which are receiving short
thrift in the corporate media. Dion is known to be a sympathizer of
Zionism, so this is not surprising.
Dryden is considered to be an "all-star" of the Liberal team, a
person who, according to "prominent Liberal strategist" Scott
Reid, "can speak to character."5
Ron Saba, editor of Montreal Planet magazine, has been indefatigable
in exposing the complicity of Canadian politicians in the crimes of
Zionism. Dion is near the top of his list. Many of the supporters of
Zionism turn out to be politicians from within Canada's corporate-
political duopoly of the Conservatives and Liberals. Prime minister
Stephan Harper is an unabashed backer of Zionism.6
A particular focus of Saba is the racist Jewish National Fund (JNF)
which enjoys strong financial support in Canada illegally. Dion is
taciturn on JNF crimes and the illegality of the JNF operating in
Canada as a tax-exempt charity. Dion even went so far as to welcome
fellow liberal "all-star" Bob Rae, the Liberal candidate in Toronto
Centre and a committee member of the JNF, an organization
acknowledged as practicing racism towards Arabs by the attorney
general of Israel.78
Dryden's racist remarks are inexcusable from any human being and,
certainly, from a MP. The right thing for Dryden to do at this time
is to resign, and Dion should be calling for that resignation
immediately and publicly.
Albright does regret the statement. See "Democracy Now! Confronts
Madeline Albright on the Iraq Sanctions: Was It Worth The Price?"
Democracy Now!, 30 July 2004. [↩]
See Paul Weinberg, "Israel's party mixer," NOW Magazine, 1-8 October
2008. [↩] [↩]
An Egyptian weekly called it "direct starvation with grave
ramifications in humanitarian terms." Saleh Al-Naami, "Darkness,
starvation and imminent death," Al-Ahram, 24-30 January 2008. [↩]
Christa Rottensteiner, "The denial of humanitarian assistance as a
crime under international law," International Review of the Red Cross
No. 835, 30 September 1999: 555-582. [↩]
Craig Offman, "Dion calls up his all-stars," National Post, 20
September 2008. [↩]
Mike de Souza, "Criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, Harper says,"
The Gazette, 9 May 2008. [↩]
Editorial, "Who needs the JNF?" Haaretz, 23 September 2006. [↩]
Meron Benvenisti, "A ridiculous war against the gaps," Haaretz, 29
June 2006. [↩]
Kim Petersen can be reached at: kim @ dissidentvoice.org.
Greenwald: Rutten, Ahmadinejad, Biden, Palin
In Salon Radio: L.A. Times' Tim Rutten on Ahmadinejad Glen Greenwald
notes the following:
BIDEN: Gwen, no one in the United States Senate has been a better
friend to Israel than Joe Biden. I would have never, ever joined this
ticket were I not absolutely sure Barack Obama shared my
passion. . . .
PALIN: But I'm so encouraged to know that we both love Israel, and I
think that is a good thing to get to agree on, Sen. Biden. I respect
your position on that.
They don't just consider Israel an ally. They don't just both support
Israel. No, that's woefully inadequate. Instead: Biden has
a "passion" for Israel and is its best friend, while Palin declares
how excited she is that they "both love Israel."
They "love Israel"? I'm asking this literally, not rhetorically: is
there any other country in the world where presidential candidates
are required to or even could proclaim their "passion" and "love"
for another country in a national election? And other than Israel, is
there any country for which candidates for the American presidency
could get away with proclaiming their "passion" and "love"? It's not
exactly healthy or rational for someone who wants to lead one country
to swear their fealty, passion and love for another.
The whole blog entry is worth reading and listening to the Rutten
interview is also extremely interesting even if Greenwald needs to
work on his interviewing technique. [See
Does "love Israel" mean that the USA continues to send billions of
dollars to Israel even as the US banking system collapses, the US
economy goes into recession, and Americans are put out on the street
via home foreclosures?
The USA has spent trillions of dollars on Zionism. Now is definitely
time to recoup some of that money by liquidating Israel and seizing
the assets of Zionism terror supporters and corrupt Wall Street
bankers. These two groups are not disjoint. Henry Paulson used to be
CEO of Goldman Sachs. He had no problem with the tanking of Goldman
competitor of Lehman Brothers. but rescued AIG on which Goldman
Warren Buffet, who is a big non-Jewish booster of the State of Israel
and who has made tremendous amounts of money by investing in US-
subsidized Israeli corporations that steal customers and jobs from
American businesses, is heavily invested in both Goldman Sachs and
WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE
To subscribe to this group, send an email to:
NEWS ARCHIVE IS OPEN TO PUBLIC VIEW
Need some good karma? Appreciate the service?
Please consider donating to WVNS today.
Email ummyakoub@... for instructions.
To leave this list, send an email to: