Farhan Mujahid Chak, the federal Liberals candidate in Edmonton, doesn’t seem too fond of Israel:
"As time goes on, you develop your views," explains Mr. Chak about his opinions. For instance, while he referred in a 2000 online article to then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as a "butcher," he admits he wouldn’t use that term any more — because it "makes people guarded."
"Rather than blaming, I believe at this point, blaming drives people away. We have to bring the sides together."
Note that he doesn’t say that Sharon is no longer a "butcher". He just says that he wouldn’t use that term any more.Perhaps because when you share views that appear to be racist people might not vote for you.
He doesn’t feel competent to make the same judgements about suicide bombers though:
Does he still consider terrorist attacks against Israel as "erratic act[s] of frustration," as he once wrote? "Taking life is never acceptable," he says. "At the same time, you look at it and say, ‘Am I in a position to morally judge them [the suicide bombers]? Am I in a position to even talk about them?’ In some ways, yes, we are. In some ways, no, we’re not."
Oddly, Mr. Chak thinks the conservatives racist, though he gives no examples:
Mr. Chak admits he overstated things. "The Conservative government’s aim is not, intentionally, to destabilize Poland," he says. Asked about his charge the Tories’ have a philosophy of "racial superiority," he says, "Believe it or not, the Conservatives I’ve met in Edmonton are very racist."
But he is really just trying to bring people together:
Mr. Chak says he realizes he must be more careful with his words. There is a difference, he says, between "how you write something and how other people might take it." Nevertheless, he insists, "for me, most importantly, I want to bring people together. People might think I’m naive for that."
Which he apparently plans to do by insulting everyone with his comments.
Please note: Credit for this goes to Steve Janke of Angry in the Great White North, who is quoted in the story, and without whom you probably wouldn’t know about stuff like this.
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