A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hamas Works The Western Media

I've said it before, I'll say it again: groups like Hamas know how to get their message across in the free and open western media, and they often present their 'softer side' so as to sway over the naive. They are fully aware of the political situation over here, and they know how to work the media to their advantage. Foreign Affairs minister Peter McKay quite wisely refused to meet with Hamas spokesperson Mahmoud Zahar during his trip to the middle east this week, and Zahar wasted no time playing the 'misunderstood and peaceful" card:

“What is Israel providing you? Nothing. What are you achieving from such policies? What have you gained? Nothing, except the hatred of innocent people. If you would like to be the tail of the American dog, it's up to you. Or you can be a leading country, a linkage,” he said.

“For the sake of the future — one, two or three decades from now — the only way to help everybody, everywhere is to co-operate with the Islamic movements and Arabic countries because they are not your enemy.”

I'd mention how this man's words are eerily similar to another famous Anti-Semite, but then I'd be fulfilling Godwin's Law. In any event, all the key propaganda points are there - the 'spectre' of American control of Canada, the backing of an ally who doesn't care, and your only option is to surrender to us because we are the future.

Zahar couldn't resist one last parting shot:

Addressing the absent Mr. MacKay, he added: “The question is very simple: Why do you refuse to meet us? As a human being, as a man, what is preventing you from meeting us? We are not eating human flesh.”
My answer to Mr. Zahar is simple:

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