Condemning the stand of the Government of Canada: Resistance is a right!

(2 August 2006) - ON AUGUST 2, a special session of the House Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade was called to discuss the situation in Lebanon. The result of the session was that the Committee adopted a motion urging the Canadian government to call for "an immediate ceasefire by all parties." The motion was passed without the support of the Conservative government.

TML condemns the stand of the government of Canada expressed by Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay at the Committee. MacKay blamed Hezbollah for what is taking place in Lebanon, calling the resistance organization a "cancer destroying democracy in Lebanon." Presenting the issue as "terrorism versus democracy," MacKay stated that the Conservative government believes "it is not a difficult choice between a democratic state [Israel] that was attacked by terrorists and cold-blooded killers." He called Hezbollah a "terrorist army" that "has shown no interest in a ceasefire" and is using civilians as "human shields."

The Canadian ruling circles are unleashing a brutal assault on the consciousness of the Canadian people by claiming that support for Israeli aggression is moral while trying to sow doubt about the resistance of the Lebanese people to Israeli state terror by claiming that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.

TML condemns the Canadian government's attempt to disinform Canadian public opinion with its rendering of the situation in Lebanon. Hezbollah is a resistance organization in Lebanon which for decades has been exercising the internationally recognized right to resist foreign occupation. The placement of the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance on the list of terrorist organizations in Canada and the U.S. was for the sole purpose of clearing the path for what is taking place today, the Hitlerite assault on sovereign peoples as the U.S. imperialists seek to assert their control over West Asia and North East Africa.

The Lebanese people are fighting tenaciously to defend the sovereignty of their nation and preserve its existence against an invading army which is hell bent on causing as much destruction as possible. They are upholding the traditions of the national liberation movements in which the lives of thousands of martyrs were sacrificed to liberate occupied lands.

To associate resistance with extremism is disinformation for purposes of conciliating with the role Israel is playing in the Middle East. According to the government's logic, to smash a popular resistance involving a broad range of political and religious forces is worth any amount of death and destruction, and a moral cause.

Under these circumstances the armed resistance of the Lebanese people is the main block to Israel acting with complete impunity. It is the resistance to occupation which is upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter, as it did when through their own efforts the Lebanese people liberated southern Lebanon in May 2000.

If the principles of national sovereignty and the right to self-determination are to mean anything, then there has to be a power which can uphold them against aggression. The resistance to occupation in Lebanon is doing what the big powers refuse to do which is to concretely enforce the principles of the UN Charter in the interests of peace. No one should hesitate in calling a spade a spade and to stand as one with all those forces who are upholding justice and the peoples' right to be.


*TML Daily is the daily on-line newspaper of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

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