Harper saying right things: “…not a matter of shades of grey; it is a matter of right and wrong”

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I get the Prime Minister’s speeches emailed to me through the PMO soon after he made them.  I always enjoy reading them because they’re almost always very good, but also because it’s interesting to read them unfiltered by the liberals’ news division at CTV, CBC, Canwest Global, Bell Globemedia, and so on; and also of course to compare what he actually said to what I see (or not) in the news. 

Anyway, I liked the sentiment expressed in this excerpt, particularly about the rather typically conservative unambiguous moral absolutes (this is a good thing) vis-a-vis terrorism, which runs decidedly counter to the “nuanced” liberals and their constant moral relativist pseudo-intellectual blather: 

February 6, 2007
Ottawa, Ontario

On the occasion of the biennial Parliamentary dinner of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the following statement:

“Over the past year, we got a pretty sharp reminder that it’s one thing to offer supportive words to Israel when it’s convenient, and quite another to stand firm in its hour of need. Last summer, when Israel came under attack from terrorist groups, this government stood against those organizations and their objectives, and we stood with our friend in the democratic family of nations, the State of Israel.

“A battle between a democratic state and terrorist groups who seek to destroy both it and its people is not a matter of shades of grey; it is a matter of right and wrong. When faced with such threats, Israel will always have a steadfast friend in Canada’s New Government.”

“And just as we support Israel’s right to defend her borders, so too do we support a fair and just future for the Palestinian people. We support the creation of a viable, democratic Palestinian state that will live peacefully beside a secure, prosperous Israel.”


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