Is it MY fault you're stuck in a war zone? 
I add a caveat here... if this Liliane chick is an employee of our embassy in Lebanon or some such thing then she may have a point. I make these comments under the assumption that she is a vacationing Canadian like so many others we're hearing about on the news.

EDIT: I've just confirmed that she is, in fact, on vacation and thus, trying to blame our government for her own lack of planning.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Ms. El-Helou travelled to her native country for a family vacation, but found herself trapped when the bombings started last week.


After getting flown back to Canada on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's private plane, Liliane El-Helou had this to say:

She said that officials told her that they were not ready for that kind of an emergency. “Excuse me, if you are in Switzerland, a country that is not at war, an evacuation plan is the last thing you do for your employees,” she said. “But when you are in the Middle East, a volcano area where war could begin any time, you have to train your staff.”


Well then! Excuse our government for not being your babysitter when YOU choose to go to a country that you yourself know that war could begin at any time!

I commend our government for putting their best efforts into evacuating people and I think those people should be HAPPY for it. If you choose to go to one of the potentially violent hotspots of the world, I think that YOU should have an exit plan in place for when bombs start dropping around you. It's not OUR responsibility!!!

Our government should and does help out where it can, but it is not obliged to SAVE YOUR STUPID ASS nor is it at FAULT when you don't like the way the rescue effort has gone.


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Aww crap! Has Israel gone too far? 
Beating down the Palestinians is one thing. I feel for the innocent civilians getting caught up in the whole thing, but their militants ARE randomly firing rockets into Israeli towns so I understand the retaliation.

But Lebanon? Is Israel getting ready for another all-out war with a neighbouring sovereign nation?

WTF were the Lebanese thinking, kidnapping Israeli soldiers?

Will this once again rally together all the surrounding Arab nations for a massive conflict?

Will this send our gas prices through the roof?

Israel's got nukes, so they can't be taken down. The Arabs know this. So what then are they trying to accomplish?? Armageddon??

Let's all pray this gets smoothed over quickly before it gets entirely out of control.


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Wha Happen??? 
The big story in the news today is the fact that Israel has pretty much pummelled the shit out of Gaza.

I'm just wondering if there's a single Palestinian out there that didn't see this coming.

Consider this alternate scenario.

What if we Canadians were to go ahead and elect the Al-Qaida in Canada party into power. Our neighbours to the south probably wouldn't be too pleased. If our Prime Minister were to then shout "Death to America" from the rafters at every opportunity and then fire a few rockets at Detroit and Buffalo now and then, you can be damned sure the Americans would turn around and take notice.

Surely they'd be a bit miffed and they'd probably stop buying shit from us and sending us shiny new cars.

Then, after all that, if we were to go and abduct a few Americans and start making demands, I think it would be a safe bet that they'd bomb the snow right off us and we'd all be trying to re-build out igloos from radioactive mud.

With that in mind, I don't think I'll be voting for Al-Quaida should they decide to run for office here. It just doesn't seem like the smart thing to do.

Seriously. WTF. Do they actually want to build a proper nation down there or are they just out to cause trouble and martyr themselves???


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