Don't cut of your nose to spite your face. And I apologize if you think I am being arrogant and amounting to fear mongering tactics. But I am a realist, and my country and my national interests come first. It's ironic that on here Jewish leaders in congress and other influential positions are excoriated for putting Israel's interest above the U.S.A's but when it comes to putting Canadians interests over that of Palestine it amounts to hypocricy and the trampling of human rights. But in this situation I am reminded of what the great realist scholar Hans Morgenthau said,
Realism maintains that universal moral principles cannot be applied to the actions of states in their abstract universal formulation, but that they must be filtered through the concrete circumstances of time and place. The individual may say for himself: "Fiat justitia, pereat mundus (Let justice be done, even if the world perish)," but the state has no right to say so in the name of those who are in its care. Both individual and state must judge political action by universal moral principles, such as that of liberty. Yet while the individual has a moral right to sacrifice himself in defense of such a moral principle, the state has no right to let its moral disapprobation of the infringement of liberty get in the way of successful political action, itself inspired by the moral principle of national survival. There can be no political morality without prudence; that is, without consideration of the political consequences of seemingly moral action. Realism, then, considers prudence-the weighing of the consequences of alternative political actions-to be the supreme virtue in politics. Ethics in the abstract judges action by its conformity with the moral law; political ethics judges action by its political consequences."
Or we can vote in the NDP, and once elected, pressure they hell out of them to change their position. Liberals will not win (and their position is almost lock step with Cons). In this election it is a two horse race, and the other choice is a vote for Netanyahu, basically, with regards to I/P. And that vote also has grave repercussions for many other important issues that affect all Canadians. I understand you have to do what you feel is right, and what you feel is just in your heart, and I respect that. But politics is about more than one issue. And it would be a sad day when you sacrificed the good our country for that of another, sadly, that choice has to be made on this occasion. If you vote anyone else your are throwing your vote away and helping elect Harper, which has grave repercussions for 35 million people. He has one of the worst economic records in Canadian history, unemployment is up, wages are stagnant, dollar is losing value, we are in a recession, exports are down, 8 consecutive deficits and He has racked up a debt over 150 billion. Over 90% of our lakes and rivers are now no longer under protection. He has closed hundreds of VAC offices leaving our soldiers to suffer in silence with no adequate resources to help them transition to civilian life or battle PTSD. He has run roughshod over our democracy, he has destroyed our voice in foreign affairs. , he would have sent us to Iraq, and he involved us in bombing missions against IS, he appointed senators, which he said he would not do, who are now mired in scandal and criminal charges. I mean the list goes on and on and on. So you're going to give up this chance to get rid of Harper, and for the first time our 148 year history to elect a socially democratic government in Canada over one issue? Now is the time to vote NDP. And once they win, then it is time to apply pressure on them to stand on the right side of history. So, please, reconsider, cause otherwise you're simply allowing Harper to form another government, and further destroy this country. Please don't think I am diminishing the Palestinian struggle, but I am a Canadian first, and your vote affects me and 35 million other people. I do not want to wake up on Oct 20th and have another 4 years of Harper. Out of the 3 parties that have a chance at forming a government, the NDP receives the highest marks from CJMPE. A crappy D-. By not voting the NDP you are actually doing the Palestinians more harm, as well as 35 million other Canadians.