Liberal Foreign Policy
Re: A Liberal Myth On Its Last Legs, Chris Selley, Sept. 15. (letter to the editor National Post, Sept. 16, 2014)
Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie criticized Israel’s “indiscriminate and dumb” bombing of civilians in Gaza. Yet, almost 200,000 civilians have been murdered in Syria. ISIS is beheading Westerners in living colour. Iraq is under attack. Somalia and Yemen are failed states. The Democratic Republic of Congo is turning children into soldiers and sex slaves. Girls are being kidnapped in Nigeria and forced to marry Muslims. The Buddhists in Myanmar are ethnically cleansing and murdering the Rohingya Muslims. Russia has invaded Ukraine. And Mr. Leslie decided that of all these terrible events in the world, Israel must be singled out.
He chose to attack a democracy, which is merely defending itself from terrorists who have clearly stated on many occasions that Israel must be eradicated, as his starting point for a new Liberal foreign policy. Does he not see the hypocrisy in his statement? Or is he just pandering to the left-wingers who only speak of Israel in derogatory terms, while remaining quiet about the real horrors taking place around the world?
Diane Weber Bederman, Caledon, Ont.
Re: A Liberal Myth On Its Last Legs, Chris Selley, Sept. 15. (letter to the editor National Post, Sept. 17, 2014)
Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie decries Israel’s supposedly “indiscriminate” and “dumb” bombing of civilians in Gaza. May I suggest that, in the future, this highly decorated soldier adds a qualifier to his statement? Rather than just attacking our main ally in the Middle East for no apparent reason, Mr. Leslie should have offered the Israeli government his version of how they should have handled the last conflict. At least it might have looked like well-meaning advice, from one ally to another, rather than appearing to be nothing but a crude attempt to pander to the Canadian Muslim vote.
Hendrik Kiliaan, Edmonton.