Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Hey, I wrote that

Funny the things you notice while making your rounds on the Internet. It's nice to see that some of my wanderings in cyberspace get noticed by someone, even if they don't feel it necessary to attach a name or a blog to a quote. From today's Toronto Star piece on Michael Ignatieff (yes, I can fail to attribute excerpts to writers, too, ha ha):

Then, Ignatieff was asked in an interview with the Star whether the Israeli bombing raid on the Lebanese village of Qana, with its large loss of civilian life, including children, sparked his call for a ceasefire. (First accounts said 57 people died, half children. Human rights groups later amended the dead to 28, with 13 possibly missing.)

"It wasn't Qana," replied Ignatieff. "Qana was, frankly, inevitable, in a situation in which you have rocket-launchers within 100 yards of a civilian population. This is the nature of the war that's going on.

"This is the kind of dirty war you're in when you have to do this and I'm not losing sleep about that." (Italics, ours.)

Reaction was intense, especially on blogs devoted to the leadership.

"Wow," said one blogger to the Calgary Grit. ( "If Harper had said that, (Bill) Graham would be purple-faced with rage at the PM's inhumanity. Maude Barlow would be self-immolating on the steps of 24 Sussex Drive. Lebanese-Canadians would be marching on every Tory riding office in the country."

Some saw lack of judgment, as in: "It's a rookie political mistake that seriously puts into question his readiness to lead this country as prime minister."
The part in bold was written by yours truly. The entire comment can be read over at Calgary Grit's blog.

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