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Chretien: U.S. criticism plays into Saddam’s hands

Jean Chretien said it’s pointless to criticise the U.S. about Iraq, because it just plays into the hands of Saddam Hussein:

“At this point I think there is no use debating the reasons why some people think war is necessary and some people think it is not. We should not say anything that would comfort Saddam Hussein,” he told reporters.

Hmmm. Do you think Chretien is reacting to this:

Cartoon of Chretien's supporters

Sometimes a picture does indeed say a thousand words.

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  • Jonny 03.20.03, 6:56 PM

    Have you noticed that the media has turned the words “peace activist” into a euphimism for “Dictator lover” and the word “protestor” is now a euphimism for “terrorist”.

    Like Joseph Farah said – its time to call a spade a spade.

  • segacs 03.20.03, 7:06 PM

    I don’t think that’s really fair. Sure, some of the so-called “peace activists” and “protestors” are dangerous and have ulterior motives. I think the vast majority are well-intentioned but naive, and Saddam Hussein is manipulating their good intentions. Nobody wants war, nobody wants innocent people to die, and I don’t think it’s fair to say that everyone out there marching against a war is a “terrorist”. Nor is Joseph Farah necessarily the best source for a quote.

    This is about Saddam Hussein and his manipulation of the world’s compassion. Don’t forget that.

  • Jonny 03.20.03, 8:27 PM

    You said ‘it’s not fair to say that everyone out there marching against war is a “terrorist”‘. And you are more than right. My point was that its not fair to say that everyone who is against America is a “peace activist”.

    All you have to do be called a peace activist is display a Palestinian flag, call for the destruction of Israel, or burn the American flag, and all these things seems to turn you automatically into a compassionate person who wants peace. I would probably be out there marching alongside them otherwise.

  • gerald schor 03.21.03, 9:43 AM

    the attitude of the canadian government led to the booing of the american national anthem at the canadiens-islanders game last night.

  • Peter 03.21.03, 1:22 PM

    I don’t know if it’s the attitude of the Canadian government that actually caused the booing.

  • Christopher Benstein 03.21.03, 3:52 PM

    One does not have to call for the destruction of Israel to be considered a terrorist. To suggest Israel should be held accountable for its actions and the United Nations should not be blocked by Israel from investigating the specifics of Israeli sanctioned killings of people without any legal due process and the removal of much coveted land from the “yours” to “mine” category (a la frito bandito), is ample evidence to qualify. To suggest this is unbridled greed and an offense to my uncle who was murdered by the nazis in WWII ……well…..who gives a shit…

  • Jonny 03.21.03, 6:31 PM

    damienpenny.blogspot.com has a great comment on the “peace” activist Rachel Corrie.

  • Adem 03.21.03, 7:43 PM

    The only simple conclusion I can reach is that they’re all nuts.

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