Many rescued Canadian citizens; especially those caught in Lebanon for a vacation are expressing gratitude and relief. Others condemn Canada and the Red Cross for not being instantly available when the bombing first started.
What bothers me though, is this issue of dual citizenship. How is it possible to declare allegiance to two different countries? When push comes to shove, which one would you choose? And how would you not bring your attitudes and prejudices from one country to the next? How can you park those feelings of anger at the border?
It should be interesting to see how the evacuees who haven't lived in Canada for years start to adjust to this country. If and when things cool down in Lebanon, will they go back? Will we have to pay once again for their retrieval if war breaks out again after that?
We are paying an undisclosed but staggering amount of money for this effort, which I don't think anyone begrudges at this point. However, I do think we need to reconsider this concept of dual citizenship at some point.
Last weekend there were various 'peace marches' by Arab Canadians, calling for peace in the Mideast and demanding that Canada condemn Israeli attacks on Lebanon. The Record quoted a few people, and I found these remarks rather disturbing:
"All of my family is there and it's my country," said Mazina Kaddoura of Cambridge, standing behind her children, who were bracing a large Lebanese flag. "We're all very worried."
"This is now an issue for every Canadian," said Jamila Ghaffar of the McMaster Solidarity for Palestinian Student Rights, who spoke at the rally.(Really? Every Canadian? Even the Jewish ones?)
"When the prime minister stands up and says the death of civilians is a 'measured response,' that's the business of every Canadian."
"The Canadian government needs to help stop the bombing so the two sides can talk," said Naila Katerji of Waterloo, whose parents and brother are still in Lebanon. "It hurts when you see it on TV. They've hit everything. You can't imagine what it would be like there. It's going to take us years and years to rebuild."
Am I the only one feeling somewhat alarmed by these remarks?
Then I read this morning's National Post headlines: "Majority Supports Israel", with mainly Quebec being the only province at odds with the rest of the country in their feelings that Canada is too pro-Israel. (H/T to Conservative Life).
Perhaps we should all be praying for peace in Canada as well.