Building a case on fiction
For clipping and mailing to Bill Graham:
Critics of the Harper government's position argue that by supporting Israel, Canada is forsaking its traditional role as "honest broker" in the Middle East -- that by taking a side, our country risks being discredited as an international mediator, and will not be able to contribute to a solution to the crisis.
Their argument has little historical basis. The idea that Canada has been asked to participate in peacekeeping missions in the past because of its neutrality, or that Canadians have been successful international mediators because they have not taken sides, is simply untrue.
You can argue against the Harper government's position on the crisis in the Levant, but arguing it based on historical illiteracy isn't particularly helpful or persuasive. Either is screaming "George Bush" and "Israel kills babies" until you pop a blood vessel, although it sure plays well to the core constituency. Time to find a more credible line of attack, folks.