Sunday, March 12, 2006

Foreign Policy with a Spine

Some good news, for the first time in 13 years regarding Canadian Foreign Affaires: At last! Canada has a coherent Foreign Policy!

Canada voted against a controversial resolution on Palestinian rights at the United Nations yesterday, an early sign that the new Harper government is aligning its Middle East policy more closely with the views of Israel and the United States.

The previous Liberal government had abstained on the identical resolution last year. But on instructions from Ottawa, the Canadian delegation at the UN joined the United States to vote against a non-binding motion calling on Israel to allow all Palestinian refugee women and children to return to their homes.

I particularly liked what Mackay had to say:

It's not a flip to go from neutrality to taking a position," Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said yesterday.

And we finally realize why our Foreign Policy was weak and murky under the Liberal government

Hussein Amery, the president of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, said that unlike the Liberals, the Conservatives did not even consult with Canadian Arab and Muslim groups before making such a significant policy shift.

Say What?! Memo to Mr. Amery: Foreign Policy, be it on the Middle East or Africa or Asia, is aimed at reflecting the views of ALL Canadians not just special interest groups and targeted minorities. Using this twit's logic:

  • When Canada got into World War 2, it should have consulted with members of the Italian and German before looking at things from a wider perspective.
  • Canada should have consulted with the South African community in the 80's when it came time to debate Apartheid.
  • Chretien should have consulted with the Iraqi-Canadian community leaders when it came time to overthrow Saddam.

Foreign Policy shouldn't have to be about pleasing certain ethnic groups in Canada Decisions should be based around your basic national interests that best reflect your values. In this case it was either siding with Democracy (Israel) or radical notion that would force a collapse of Jewish Demographics in Israel (The Right of Return). Besides as Shimon Fogel points out in the article, the issue of the refugees have been agreed to be discussed among the final points AFTER territorial disputes have been settled.


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