I got back this weekend from an incredible week at the First World Outgames in Montreal. I had been to Montreal two years ago in May and I hadn't been impressed. This time around, I was blown away. Not only was the city great, but the event was so well-organized and so fun. And it blew Chicago's Gay Games out of the water. My final grade for it was an A- while Chicago got a C+ (and even that was, after Montreal's event, too generous). I'm now really looking forward to the next Outgames in Copenhagen in 2009.
One thing I saw, though, did get to me: 77% of Canadians did not agree with the prime minister's support for Israel defending itself. In Israel and Lebanon, you have a terrorist organization that has been constantly attacking Israel and kidnaps Israeli soldiers. Israel responds with no less force than any other sovereign nation would respond, and Candians think the prime minister should sit on his hands and be quiet. There is certainly a time for not picking sides; but this one is so obvious and clear. I'm just constantly amazed by how many people don't understand the roots of the situation in the Middle East involving Israel.