The response to Elizabeth May’s attack that Stephen Harper’s approach to climate change is “a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis” is interesting. To whit:
Reading a letter from the Canadian Jewish Congress of Canada to the House of Commons during question period, Harper said Liberal Leader Stephane Dion should distance himself from May because her comments had diminished “the Holocaust and using Nazi analogies are inappropriate.”
“It is time for the Liberal members opposite to stand up against outrageous, hateful, mean-spirited comments by their candidate in Central Nova,” Environment Minister John Baird said in Tuesday’s question period.
“It is inexplicable how they could not stand up against people who bash Christians and invoke Nazi-era atrocities.”
Even a cursory reading of her comments reveals that her comments related to the appeasement policy of Neville Chamberlain and not to the genocidal madness of the Nazis, but that is not what you’d believe listening to fools like Stephen Harper and John Baird. Unfortunately, Dion and Layton have essentially followed the misreading and have distanced themselves from her comments, not because they are over-the-top, which they are (though correct), but because they are cowards afraid of somehow being labelled Holocaust deniers.
If global climate evidence is understood correctly by the majority of climate scientists, then not to do something quickly is to behave in exactly the “avoidance of reality” manner that we now in retrospect attribute to Neville Chamberlain. Elizabeth May is right, Harper and Baird are tools and blowhards and Layton and Dion are acting like mealy-mouthed twerps.
Be careful to not step in the leadership.