Why do I say
this?In searching for material on
Maryland’s mayor who recently stripped Maryland’s citizens’ right to free
speech to criticize Israel, I found more than I was looking for. There are now
22 US states that have active legislation banning state business with companies
that support the BDS movement (boycott, divest, sanction) Israel. This is
almost half of the United States now under direct Israeli control in matters of
US free speech (and the lack of it).I
can’t believe it.I don’t want to
believe it. But it’s true.
The US has
catered to Israel so much for so long I suspect Americans are under the impression
that Israel is another part of the US government.Certainly American governments, on both state
and federal level, have lost their senses. Look at all the fuss made over some
US football players not standing for the US anthem while the US government itself
disregards the US Constitution by trading away the right of free speech to a
foreign country.What irony.
some small effort at push back on the ability of Netanyahu to completely guide
the US (which mainly was, and still is, to bomb Iran). Trump is a sucker for Israel.In spite of the rest of the world agreeing
that Iran is living up to its commitments on the nuclear agreements, Netanyahu
wants Iran bombed and never stops telling Americans that it should be bombed
and hints that the US should do this. Trump does indeed love Israel. His bromance is not with Putin as the
Democrats repeatedly and boringly insist, but with Netanyahu. He stands ready
to do Netanyahu’s bidding. Trump’s constant bashing of Iran appears to me like
a grooming of the world for a pre-emptive strike against that country.
But where is
Canada in this?Is the Trudeau government
just following the lead of the US who listens to Netanyahu and the Israel lobby,
even when their voices go against Canadian and American best interests? And in
fact, the best interests of the world?I
worry that is the case. There has been one bill surreptitiously passed in the
Canadian parliament that leans in that direction. Next time.