The first casualty of war after human losses is not only the truth, but also the desire to wait to know the truth.
Nothing compares to the ugliness of seeing civilians die at the hands of people using explosives, but it is abhorrent, as was originally reported on Tuesday’s carnage at Baptist Hospital in Gaza.
While people were quick to use Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments to confirm their narrative, they are now blaming him for something he apparently never actually said.
vThe idea shows that the Prime Minister has not said what some in the media have suggested. Some brought their own narrative – perhaps what they wanted.
But given that Tuesday night’s protests took place outside the Israeli embassy in Ottawa and the consulate at Yonge and Bloor Sts. increased, Trudeau would be well advised to issue a clear statement condemning terrorism. He would also be wise to make clear, with the best facts he has, what did and did not happen in this hospital bombing, as angry protesters appear to be acting dangerously on the basis of incomplete information.
“Justin Trudeau calls Israel’s deadly bombing of a Gaza hospital ‘unlegal’ and ‘unacceptable,'” reads an example of a headline that appeared on a Canadian newspaper’s website. Many more headlines and social media posts followed.
Although he used some of these words, Trudeau never said that Israel was responsible for the carnage. Some assumed he had said that, and so it was spread around the world.
But that’s what he actually said.
“The news from Gaza is terrible and absolutely unacceptable. International humanitarian law and international law must be respected in this and in all cases. There are rules for war and that is unacceptable.”
Did Trudeau mean it was Israel’s fault? It is not for others to put words in his mouth.
While those behind the scenes within the PMO deny that he channeled Israel, only Trudeau and his team know for sure.
We know hHe did not call Israel by name or post anything about it being Israel. He didn’t call it a bomb or air raid.
(Netinyahu’s post above, translated from Hebrew by Google:
“The whole world knew: the barbaric terrorists in Gaza are the ones who attacked the hospital in Gaza, not the IDF. “He who brutally murdered our children is also murdering his children.”)
The Prime Minister’s people in the PMO, who had helped him draft the statement, shared it The Toronto Sun Trudeau never meant to imply that it was Israel. Trudeau has steadfastly supported Israel since the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack, saying the country has the right to defend itself.
There are critics who would like to see him withdraw his support for Israel, but so far he has not done so.
His aides said Trudeau responded to requests for comment on the situation in Gaza and his statement, insisting: was always intended to condemn any attacks on civilians and to uphold the rules of war. For each side.
However, many people did not perceive it that way.
A legitimate argument can and will be made that Trudeau would have been wiser to wait for more facts before commenting on the horrific outcome that resulted in the deaths of children and their parents. It’s never good to make hasty judgments.
But many in politics and the media have done just that.
With so many possibilities being revealed as to what happened – including an accident involving the firing of Hamas munitions – the best course of action is to wait until we know what happened and who is responsible for this horrific carnage.
Other than that, Trudeau didn’t really say what people said he said, or what they thought he said – or what he wanted to say.
If he did, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him. Some may need to apologize for jumping the gun on this. Certainly some in politics and the media should.
But should Trudeau?