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Harper says comparison of Hezbollah, Nazis is fair
CanWest News Service ^ | August 23, 2006 | Meagan Fitzpatrick

Posted on 08/23/2006 9:42:55 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday it's not unfair to liken Hezbollah to the Nazis, who once ruled Germany, because both stand for the destruction of the ''Jewish nation.''

In an interview with CanWest News Service, Harper was asked if the comparison made earlier in the day by his parliamentary secretary Conservative MP Jason Kenney, was appropriate.

''Like all comparisons, it's true in some ways, and not in others,'' he said, ''but as near as I can tell, both Hezbollah and the Nazi party stand for the elimination of the Jewish nation. So I think that's pretty fundamental and, in that sense, I don't think it's unfair.

''I think those who associate themselves with Hezbollah in this country are operating beyond the pale, and they're frankly operating in defence of an organization that is an illegal criminal organization in this country," said Harper.

Earlier in the day, Kenney held a news conference to blast Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj for the position he expressed on Hezbollah during his tour of Lebanon.

Wrzesnewskyj has come under fire this week for suggesting he, along with New Democrat Peggy Nash, favoured removing Hezbollah from the list of terrorist organizations in Canada.

The MPs, along with Bloc Quebecois MP Maria Moureni, were in Lebanon on a fact-finding mission organized by the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations.

"Hezbollah has a political wing. They have members of Parliament. They have two cabinet ministers. You want to encourage politicians in this military organization so that the centre of gravity shifts to them," Wrzesnewskyj is quoted as saying.

Wrzesnewskyj, who is the associate foreign affairs critic for the Liberal party, later denied supporting the de-listing of Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Rather, he said, Canada needs to evaluate its anti-terror legislation so it can negotiate with groups on the list in order to implement a peace process.

Wrzesnewskyj released a statement on Monday saying he believes Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and should remain on the list.

Kenney said the trip lent ''political legitimacy'' to the terrorist organization and that just because it has a political wing doesn't make Hezbollah a legitimate group.

''There was another political party in the past which had democratic support, which provided social services, which played an important role in the political life of its country in Germany in the 1930s which was also dedicated to violence against the Jewish people,'' Kenney told reporters. ''The world was wrong to negotiate with that party then and it would be wrong to negotiate with Hezbollah today and I'm shocked that Mr. Wrzesnewskyj doesn't understand that.''

Liberal Leader Bill Graham confirmed Monday his party's official position has not wavered on the issue of listing the organization as a terrorist group.

But Kenney said Wrzesnewskyj and his party shouldn't try to backpedal from the comments, calling them irresponsible, especially for someone who is his party's associate foreign affairs critic.

'Mr. Graham and his party cannot distance themselves from Mr. Wrzesnewskyj's words unless they are prepared to remove him from that position,'' Kenney said.

Some members of Wrzesnewskyj's own party seem to agree with the call for his resignation.

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, who is vying for the party's leadership, issued a press release to that effect Tuesday. She said her colleague's comments do not reflect her views or those of the Liberal party and as such it would be ''inappropriate for Mr. Wrzesnewskyj to continue his role as associate critic for foreign affairs.''

Kenney said Wrzesnewskyj's logic that Hezbollah should be negotiated with in order to achieve peace in the Middle East is flawed. There is nothing to negotiate with a group motivated by hatred and dedicated to the destruction of a state, he said.

''We believe it is hugely counterproductive to the real interests of peace in the region for Canadian politicians from the Liberals or other opposition parties to go there and effectively grant political cover for Hezbollah,'' said Kenney.

TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; canada; cpc; harper; hezbollah; islamofascists; israel; nazi; terrorism

1 posted on 08/23/2006 9:43:00 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

A Canuck with cajones.!!!!!!

2 posted on 08/23/2006 9:46:07 AM PDT by shankbear
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To: West Coast Conservative; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; ...
Canada ping.

Please send me a FReepmail to get on or off this Canada ping list.

3 posted on 08/23/2006 9:49:44 AM PDT by fanfan
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To: West Coast Conservative
Someone finally has the intestinal fortitude to say what is correct!! The left in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe have no responsible way to deal with terrorism. They bury their heads in the sand, blame Israel, the Jewish people as a whole (and call conservatives NAZIs with their next breath), "Neo-cons" (modern leftist term for anyone supporting Israel/Jewish people), say "if we just left the Middle East alone everything would be ok" (didn't work for Russia, China, or Europe), or just plain surrender like their current reporterette heroin did in Iraq.

Leftists: WAKE UP!! These terrorists you want to "talk to" and "deal with" want only one thing; your death! If they cannot kill you, then they will only settle for your complete, unconditional surrender and enslavement (see the Koran; It states that goal repeatedly). For once in you lives LISTEN to what your terrorist allies are saying, read what they write and understand that you and your "naked for peace" and "Queers for Palestine" are the corrupt, weak "infidels" these maniacs speak of killing. Do the one thing you never do with the leftist politicians: Look at the history of actions of these terrorists. Propaganda, lies, distortions, and subterfuge are not only hallmarks of the terrorists, they are "divine" commandments written in the Koran and other Islamic books.

Again, for the leftist trolls: Your terrorist "allies" are not your friends. The Left and Right in America may not always agree (actually, rarely do), but your terrorist allies want to kill/enslave us all. In WWII, the US leftists didn't get behind the war effort until after Hitler betrayed his ally Stalin and invaded the USSR. Will the left not get behind the war effort until after the terrorists destroy Berkeley, or San Fransisco, or some other leftist stronghold? Is that what it will take to open up your "hate Bush above all" minds??

As usual, the leftists get fed a pack of lies and continue down the "stuck on stupid" track until they fall off a cliff.
4 posted on 08/23/2006 9:57:09 AM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: West Coast Conservative

Good for Harper!

5 posted on 08/23/2006 10:01:23 AM PDT by VOA
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To: West Coast Conservative

(''I think those who associate themselves with Hezbollah in this country are operating beyond the pale, and they're frankly operating in defence of an organization that is an illegal criminal organization in this country," said Harper.)

Finally someone who has the guts to criticize those who support and give comfort to the enemy FROM THE WEST!

6 posted on 08/23/2006 10:05:19 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: West Coast Conservative; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...


7 posted on 08/23/2006 11:10:58 AM PDT by Clive
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To: M1Tanker

Yup. The Left's only response to Islamic terrorism is to blame the West and say that we "must find a way to deal with the problem." Whatever that means (beyond surrender).

8 posted on 08/23/2006 2:27:26 PM PDT by rickmichaels (I'd rather have snakes on a plane than Muslims on my plane.)
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To: Clive

And Stephen Harper is correct. Anti-semitism did not die with Hitler.

9 posted on 08/23/2006 6:25:11 PM PDT by Fair Go
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