Puzzling protests, and lack therof

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I am truly puzzled. I am puzzled by the fact that more than 200,000 Syrian citizens have been murdered by the Assad regime over the last three years and there have not been any protests to this effect in downtown St. John’s.

I am puzzled that Sunnis and Shiites are blowing each other up in lawless Iraq — and there are no noisy demonstrations in downtown St. John’s.

I am puzzled by the fact that the Copts in Egypt are being attacked on a regular basis — physically, and are having their churches bombed and burned — yet there are no demonstrations in St. John’s.

I am truly puzzled that the ISIS is murdering Yazidis in northern Iraq and still there are no protest marches in downtown St. John’s.

Yet, when Israel defends itself against terrorists and unfortunately civilian Gazans are put in harm’s way by their own regime, there are loud protests in St. John’s against Israel.

Where are all of these people now?

Why have they not continued to protest other atrocities? Why are they all quiet?

Is it because they cannot in any way blame Israel for these other events?

Truly puzzling, isn’t it?


Michael Paul, St. John’s

Geographic location: Israel, Iraq, Egypt Northern Iraq

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Recent comments

  • Dolf
    August 29, 2014 - 05:41

    Stay out of the Middle East. We'll get burned for sure if we don't.

  • Jed
    August 28, 2014 - 10:19

    Michael, Are you suggesting that Canadians should also equate Assad with Natanyahu?

  • Brian
    August 28, 2014 - 09:09

    Why is the Telegram making this nonsense opinion by a clearly bias person headline news? Would they do the same for someone who was taking a anti-Israel stance? I think not. Btw J there is a difference between anti-semitic and anti- Israel.

    • Ken Simmons
      August 28, 2014 - 09:55

      Hi Brian: This is a letter to the editor. The Telegram is happy to publish letters from every viewpoint, and does so on a daily basis. Thanks for reading.

  • Politically Incorrect
    August 28, 2014 - 06:11

    Because, Michael, the Government of Canada, that purports to speak for us, isn't complicit and openly supportive of those acts of terror against innocent civilians. Our arms industries are not (directly) supplying weapons to ISIS as we are to Israel while our Prime Minister tries to justify the on-going policies of ethnic cleansing, land theft, and racism in Israel and the Occupied Territories. We, Michael, are responsible for addressing our own failures in standing up to war crimes and human rights abuses. How can that possibly be puzzling?

  • J
    August 28, 2014 - 05:39

    Let's call a spade a spade. It's Anti-Semitism

    • Charles
      August 28, 2014 - 12:08

      Ahhh, the pathetic whimper of the inetllectually bankrupt.