Raphael Alexander is right on the money:
…Canadians believe strongly in symbolism. It isn’t good enough that Canada doesn’t have the power to influence either the United States or Israel, because we should at least go through the motions of voicing our disdain. Strangely enough, just like recycling or carbon emission programs, it isn’t results we’re aiming for, but placating our own sense of “doing the right thing”. Even if recycling is more energy inefficient and creates more pollution than simply burying waste, it makes us “feel better” about ourselves. Even if carbon emission controls cannot be scientifically linked to a global warming, and even if it could, we couldn’t seriously believe a reduction of one one-thousandth of global emissions would mean a thing, at least it makes us believe we’ve done something [more on our fervent need to “do something” here – MC]. The placebo effect of such conditions is strong within our psyche…
We’ve just got to feel good about ourselves. Talk about building self-esteem. How self-indulgent.
More from Mr. Alexander:
Because London, Ontario, Can Easily Stop The Conflict In Gaza