01 September 2006

Continuing on a theme from yesterday...

Between Jack Layton wanting Canada to talk to Taliban, and Borys Wrzesnewskyj and Peggy Nash wanting Canada to talk to Hezbollah, are there any other terrorist groups that the Left would like to see included in comprehensive peace talks? Maybe get someone to suggest that we should sit down and have a chat with Osama bin Laden about acquiescing to his demands in order to mollify their grievances.

C'mon people, can we get some serious politicians in office who have at least a basic (I think it really is too much to ask for comprehensive understanding a la Ignatieff, but then look at the stuff that can come out of his mouth) understanding of how terrorists work and why they can't be negotiated with or deterred?

5 comments:

Jason Bo Green said...

Sucks. Mind you, I wouldn't change my vote for Nash - it was a two-way race only, between her and Bulte, and Bulte needed a serious smackdown and humiliation.

I'll be just as happy to vote against Nash next time, though. It's smackdown time again.

RGM said...

It sucks when election time is almost always "smackdown time" for local candidates and/or the federal parties. Not one time have I ever voted for an incumbent or voted for the eventual winner of the election. Guess that's what happens when you grow up in Reform territory and move to NDP-land.

Jason Bo Green said...

Well, I *have* voted for the eventual winner, thanks to Nash. I think it was a first.

I'd LOVE to have a killer MP that I wanted to stand by and support and cheer on. Hasn't happened yet.

C. LaRoche said...

Richard: Terrorists can't be bombed to death, either. Talking, if they are willing to talk and keep their commitments, seems a better strategy than fruitless shelling.

RGM said...

The 200 terrorists we killed over the weekend and the additional 60 yesterday would be good supporting evidence against that particular claim.

It's also a pretty big "if" in your equation. They'd just as soon fire an RPG or strap on a bomb belt than have a nice heart-to-heart. I'd rather not have to rely on the "good faith promises" of terrorists as a path to peace, any more than I'd trust a dictator to stand by his word that his "civilian energy program" is not a mask for developing a nuclear bomb.