February 3, 2003
Re: Globe and Mail - John Allemang poem, "The Angel Ariel," February 1, 2003 _________________________________________________________________ We would like to draw your attention to John Allemang's poem, "The Angel Ariel," in the Globe and Mail's Focus section (February 1) which you may want to respond to. You will find the piece below. "The Angel Ariel" is a grossly unfair, scurrilous attack on Ariel Sharon, and by extension on Israel. Poetic license is no excuse for anti-Israel invective that crosses the line into anti-Jewish stereotyping. For instance, take these lines from the second stanza: "It's said Sharon has changed his ways: He's moderate, not like the days when babies died and girls were raped.." This is a revolting, baseless diatribe. Our concern is not merely that such noxious ideas came from Allemang's pen; it is also that the editors of the paper considered this worthy of publication. We ask you to read this piece carefully and to make your views known to the Globe and Mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] Jerry Johnson, Focus Editor - [EMAIL PROTECTED] Cathrin Bradbury, Weekend Editor - [EMAIL PROTECTED] Ed Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief - [EMAIL PROTECTED] * * * * POETIC JUSTICE By JOHN ALLEMANG Saturday, February 1, 2003 - Print Edition, Page F4 The Angel Ariel What happened to that U.S. scheme To bring to heel their Gulf War team, And keep the doves from breaking rank By taking peace to the West Bank? Instead of getting tossed a bone, The Palestinians got Sharon. Instead of fighting war with peace, George Bush gave hate an endless lease. It's said Sharon has changed his ways: He's moderate, not like the days When babies died and girls were raped And, while the anguished journos gaped, Israel's defender passed the time By shifting blame for his war crime -- But now a bloody résumé Is just the thing to save the day. A few days saved, but look what's lost: Can no one calculate the cost Of letting Sharon loose to fight? As if a show of Israel's might Is all it takes to change the mind Of one who'd leave her life behind And stick a bomb against her chest To be a model for the rest. Tough talk's in fashion, sad to say. Reason by itself can't sway Tired voters who will overlook Suggestions that Sharon's a crook. "A billion here, some bodies there, In wartime, that's not hard to bear." And so we get this Roman pax: If you want peace, then launch attacks.