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Parrot for an MP

Perhaps  Lunney should start demonstrating “stalwart” support for his constituents instead of parroting an aggressive and absurd foreign policy due to his “stalwart” support for Israel. His opinion would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that one day a war of conquest may be committed in our names.

Lunney says that Israel is not a belligerent or expansionist state. In reality, this is very open to debate. The United Nations, in releasing the Goldstone Report last year, accuses Israel of 37 specific war crimes against humanity in Gaza. In the West Bank, Palestinians are surrounded by walls severely reducing their freedom of movement and ability to access vital services

Lunney justifies the 1981 bombing of Iraq’s nuclear power station. This action was strongly rebuked by the United Nations in two separate resolutions. As well, subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved that they were not developing nuclear weapons at all.

The invasion of Iraq was based on lies about so-called weapons of mass destruction which were never found. We need not go into the details of those lies. Now we have similar falsehoods stated about Iran.

The facts are these. Iran (like Iraq) has signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iran allows IAEA inspections of its facilities. The IAEA and all 16 United States Intelligence Agencies are unanimous in agreement that Iran is not building and does not possess nuclear weapons.

Israel, on the other hand, has refused to sign the NPT even though it is widely known that they have nuclear weapons. The United Nations passed a resolution calling for Israel to sign the NPT but it has refused. Israel has been asked to submit to inspections of its nuclear facilities and it has also refused.

Mark Stilwell

Parksville

 

 

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