Sunday, October 02, 2011

We should be free to disagree

You have to hand it to the neocons. In a world where most of us prefer not to appear too ridiculous, they don't give a flying fig.

Exhibit A? Doubletalk.

The current poster boy for neocon doubletalk is Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who once again this week formally denounced anti-Semitism, a position about as applepie incontestable as you can get. If anti-Semitism isn't criminally deplorable, what is?

So the declaration must be put into context. And here it is, framed in the neocon colours Kenney gave it last week in New York, when he declared his Conservative government would never accept "the new anti-Semitism" - that is, negative attitudes toward Israel, as opposed to Jewish people.

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