Commentary  Where’s the full monty on Mads Gilbert?

Re: “Emergency in Gaza” | News | February 8

Humera Jabir’s interview with Gaza doctor Mads Gilbert cleverly omits key information McGill students deserve to know. While I would support a discussion of medical ethics and the need for appropriate medical care in dangerous situations, Gilbert’s background and political involvement should not be overlooked. Gilbert had voiced support for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying in an interview with Norwegian paper Dagbladet, “The attack on New York did not come as a surprise with the politics the West has followed the last decades. I am upset by the terrorist attack, but I am at least as upset over the suffering that the U.S. has caused. It is in this context that 5,000 dead has to be seen. If the U.S. government has a legitimate right to bomb and kill civilians in Iraq, the oppressed has a moral right to attack the U.S. with the weapons they may create as well.” When asked if he supported a terror attack on the U.S., Gilbert said, “Terror is a bad weapon but the answer is yes, within the context which I have mentioned.” Students have a right to full disclosure of the figures The Daily chooses to interview so they can make an informed decision. If students wish to learn more about international events, why doesn’t The Daily use credible sources?

Vicky Tobianah
U3 Honours Political Science and English Literature
McGill Daily News Writer