Stephen Harper: “thou shalt not defend Islam or Iran”

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On February 21, 2013, the MSN reported that Hamilton resident and long-time anti-war activist, Ken Stone, is being harassed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) since he attended a conference on Palestine in Iran and writing his views last year about Iran being a peace-loving country within otherwise troublesome Middle East.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper pro-Israel government’s problem with Ken Stone began after Ken wrote an editorial for the January 11, 2012 issue of the Hamilton Spectator, titled ‘Harper is wrong in demonizing Iran’. In the article. Ken called Harper an “Islamophobe” while claiming that both the US and Israel are much greater threat to the world peace than Iran which has not attacked its neighbors for the last 200 years.

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Prime Minister Stephen Harper characterized Islamicism as the main security threat to Canada. In January 2012, he labelled Iran as the world’s most serious threat to international peace and security. In the first instance, Harper deliberately contributed to Islamophobia, the fear of Muslims and of Islam, which is the intellectual underpinning of the continuing US “war on terror.” Only a few weeks after Harper’s September remarks, there was a deliberate targeting by racists of Hamilton’s Downtown Mosque. Coincidence? I think not. Now labelling Iran as the main threat to world peace, Harper is seeking to prepare Canadians for a role in a possible US-NATO, or Israeli attack on Iran. His government recently placed the frigate HMCS Charlottetown on station in the region,” wrote Stone.

However, nothing Harper said about Iran is true. I visited Iran in October (2011) for an international conference on Palestine, as a guest of the Iranian government. Iran lives in peace with its neighbours and, unlike the U.S., hasn’t attacked any country in over 200 years. It is developing nuclear energy to produce electricity because its oil reserves will run out in 20 years. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) and is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” added Stone. Read the editorial in full, here.

Greg Felton, Canadian author and blogger, in November 1, 2012 blog post wrote: “As Israel’s pro-consul in Ottawa, he serves the Zionist Imperial Authority as well as assorted multinational interests. Harper’s latest act of Zionist fawning was his unprovoked decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expel its embassy staff“.

In September, 2012, Henry Kissinger, a war criminal, presented Stephen Harper with ‘World Statesman of the Year Award’ on behalf of US-based pro-Israel Jewish group, ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ in appreciation for breaking diplomatic relation with Iran. Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star lambasted the Appeal of Conscience Foundation for ignoring Harper’s destructive domestic policies. “The foundation should have known that anointing Harper, who has displayed such a casual disrespect for democracy at home, as its World Statesman of the Year would be seen as a sad joke on all Canadians struggling to protect their democracy.”

Ottawa-based Jewish author, Yves Engler, recently published on Stephen Harper’s subversive foreign policy, title ‘The Ugly Canadian’. On September 19, 2012, Engler posted an article on his blog, titled ‘It’s time to challenge Harper’s foreign policy‘.

In justifying the Conservatives’ move, a number of commentators claimed the 14-person Iranian embassy in Ottawa was spying on this country (it probably was). Yet these commentators ignore stronger evidence suggesting Canadian spying in Tehran. (In his 2010 book former Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, admits to spying for the CIA during his time there, while in November 2006 a group of Iranian parliamentarians called the Canadian Embassy a “den of spies” and the book Unexpected War claims that some Foreign Affairs officials wanted Canada’s headquarters in Afghanistan located in the west of the country “so that Canada could get a better window on Iran”. Moreover, the Conservatives have greatly boosted the 2000-employee Communications Security Establishment, which engages in international spying),” wrote Engler.

No media dared ask whether Canada is a threat to Iran, even though the defence minister recently mused about the Canadian military preparing for an assault on that country. On top of that, Canadian troops occupy a country bordering Iran and Canadian naval vessels run provocative manoeuvres off its coast. Despite all this and the economic sanctions that have been imposed no one in the Canadian mainstream media even calls this what it is, a low level war,” added Engler. Read the entire article here.

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