Saturday, September 30, 2006
Bravo, Stephen Harper!
Canada has a real leader, and a man of principle.
The Egyptians put forth an anti-Israel resolution condemning Arab suffering in the Lebanon war at the 11th Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF) summit in Bucharest on Friday. The OIF comprises 53 member states and 10 permanent observers sharing a French linguistic or cultural heritage.
It was blocked personally by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over its double standard towards Israel.
In a televised press conference, Harper said it was wrong for the OIF to express regret over the loss of Arab life, while remaining silent on Israeli casualties.
Needless to say, la merde a frappé le ventilateur after that, as they say.
Harper's support for Israel and his refusal to accept the Arab-backed amendment demonize Israel provoked outrage from the Arab delegates and nearly derailed the conference.
"We wanted to condemn the war because it was deplorable," Lebanese Culture Minister Tarek Mitri told CBC. "Everyone agrees, except Canada."
Ummm, no, Tarek. Harper is simply smart enough to realize that Israel is merely a surrogate target for the West by jihadis like yourself. And, if condemning the war is your objective, how about a condemnation of hezbollah, who started it by attacking Israel?
I'm waiting, Tarek....
But then, not all western leaders get that.
French President Jacque Chirac, for instance, was pefectly willing to demonize those horrible Zionists."The majority supported the amendment, but Canada was hostile to it," he said in a statement.
He didn't reckon with Harper's steel.
"Canada believes that any resolution has to be balanced, that we should recognize the victims in both Lebanon and Israel," Harper said.
Victims of war "must be recognized regardless of their
nationality", he noted. "We are able to deplore the war, we are able to recognize the victims, but on both sides."
"I think that we all want to avoid is a similar attack on Israel in the future, a similar response and a similar war," Harper added.
Well done, Mr. Harper. Though I have a feeling some of your fellow conference attendees don't share your sentiments.