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Monday, July 24, 2006

Support the P.M.

Alarmed by all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from liberals and Liberals (and of course predictably from the NDPand the CBC) about Prime Minister Harper's position on the Lebanon conflict, and all the hot air about honest brokers and Canada's peace-keeping tradition, I fired off an e-mail to the PMO to express my support:

Dear Mr. Harper:

I am writing to express my support for your position on the current conflict in Lebanon, and your outspoken support for Israel in this crisis. I appreciate your leadership on this issue, both at home and internationally at the G8 conference. You have been taking considerable heat from critics at home, accusing you of abandoning Canada's traditionally neutral role in the MiddleEast, but in this case I think the choice is obvious - Canada must stand up for the only liberal democracy in the region, and must support the fight against extremist groups like Hamas & Hezbollah who have hijacked the situation.

Critics aside, Canada's position as you have expressed it is in line with most western countries (and some Arab countries) - the choice is clear. Please stand firm on this, and resist calls to distance ourselves from President Bush and our other allies. This is a turning point in the Middle East, and the future and security of the entire region and the world in general is at stake. Keep up the good work.


Politicians of all stripes give letters and e-mails from constituents a lot of weight when making policy decisions; support the P.M. and send him an e-mail at pm@pm.gc.ca

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