There is no honour among those who hate. There is little honour in the Middle East. Hamas is but a tool for the hypocrites in Arab states that fulminate war in fear and hate of Israel. The Jews of Israel forget that the Semite nations of the Middle East are their brothers and they have failed to commit to the pursuit of peace. Politicians who take the hard-line beget a hardening of relations in return.
And don’t bring these conflicts to Canada. We can support Ukraine against Russia. There is no honour in the Kremlin under Putin. The honour belongs to Ukraine that is fighting for its very existence. Canadians know the difference.
Canada offers no place to fight for the Sikhs seeking a refuge in a Sikh Khalistan. This is not the place for foreign agents to seek to silence protest. Nor is it a place for other countries to try to influence our politics.
Canada is a country populated by the diasporas of the world. Canada is a safe haven. It is not a zone of conflict. It is no place to rage against oppressions of the old country. We should never forget the past but we do try to leave it in the past.
There is no place in Canada to march against peace. If your concern is for the old country, let it be in the old country. Be it religious quarrels, or ethnic oppression, or the need for land, or imagined insult, ancient feuds have no place in Canada. We have a verdant land. Come and help till this land with us.
Canada remembers the old countries by honouring the food specialties of the old countries. We also remember the dances and the songs, the writings and the entertainments. We often name streets and places for old country memories.
We well appreciate the concerns of Canada’s Jewish population for the safety of those in Israel. There is no safety in retribution. Only the death toll rises from enabling further conflict.
Peace comes to those who can deal with the past. The path to peace requires swallowing pride. The only real tribute to those who are gone is in creating peace.
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