Thursday, December 21, 2006
Canada's Steven Harper- how a real leader acts
Canada's Prime Minister Steven Harper has to be on the short list of anti-Jihadi western leaders,along with Australia's John Howard.
He's made it clear that Canada's PM won't deal with 'genocidal' Hamas or Hezbollah.
In a forthcoming interview with CTVm Harper said quite plainly that Canada will not hold talks with Hamas and Hezbollah to try to secure Mideast peace.
"We will not solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem, as difficult as that is, through organizations that advocate violence and advocate wiping Israel off the face of the Earth," Harper said.
"It's unfortunate because with Hamas, and with Hezbollah in Lebanon, it has made it very difficult to have dialogue -- and dialogue is ultimately necessary to have peace in the long term -- but we are not going to sit down with people whose objectives are ultimately genocidal."
"I think all of the civilized world is agreed -- and it's not just Canada -- we can't deal with organizations whose principle and only objective is terrorism and the eradication of the other side."
This, by the way, took a certain amount of political courage considering how many Lebanese Hezbollah groupies reside in Canada, particularly in Quebec.
Harper's Conservative government was the first to cut all financial aid and ties to the Hamas government in March, even ahead of the US.
Unlike the US, Canada also suspended its 7.3 million dollars in annual direct aid to the Palestinians...Harper apparently isn't bound to the Saudis like a certain President I could name.
But that's how a real leader acts. You voice your principles and make the actions fit the words.