Choose your own foreign policy

Jim Travers theorizes on the rise of Peter Kent.

Gaza, a crisis with troubling similarities to the 2006 Israeli adventure in south Lebanon that exposed Harper’s foreign policy inexperience, is being presented subtly to Quebec by Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and aggressively in the rest of Canada by his junior minister and rookie MP Peter Kent… having been burned once by the Middle East, Harper is now letting ministers aim one message at Palestinian sympathetic Quebec and another at more pro-Israel audiences elsewhere.

(Is this really possible? Are left-wing Quebecers unable or unwilling to read what’s being written elsewhere? Doesn’t the Internet render this sort of stuff rather moot?)

Meanwhile, Kent’s previously stated claim to clarity on the issue of humanitarian disasters in the region would seem to put him somewhat out of step with both the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.




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Choose your own foreign policy

  1. I’m surprised Harper is even bothering with the pretence of a Canadian foreign policy, let alone two of them.

  2. As you deploy more and more foreign policies, they gradually blend together into a perfect haze of nothingness. Far easier to defend through lack of comment.

    I’m just a young’un, so I’m sure I’ve missed something, but it’s mind-boggling to me how insane Israel/Palestine policy is in North America. (to be fair, it’s more insane *in* Israel/Palestine) I wonder if things will ever make sense?

    • Man, I was 16 at the time of the Oslo Accords (1993), which were greeted as the definitive Dawn of Peace. This conflict is never, ever, ever going to end, and it’s time we just took it off the front page. Another suicide bombing, another airstrike on a school, another retaliation, another retaliation — who the hell cares anymore? You might as well dig out the newspapers from, oh, anytime in the last 20 years and run those stories. We can’t disarm either side, we can’t talk them down, we can’t — by we I mean the world — we can’t affect anything, and meanwhile both these little nations are simply filling the globe with violent rhetoric. Time to tune out.

      • I continue to follow what’s happening in the Middle East but I think pols are on crack when they talk about getting Jews and Muslims to agree on anything. Never mind going 20 years back, Jews and Muslims have been quarrelling for at least a millennium but we’re supposed to believe that’s all going to be put aside because some Christian leaders from US and Europe wish it so. Pull the other one, dear leaders.

        • Actually Jews and Muslims lived fairly peacefully for a millennium or so. It was the introduction of the Balfour Accord and the foundering of Israel that caused all hell to break loose.

          When I was young and foolish ( late 1960′s ) I actually went to the Israeli consulate in Halifax to check out the possibility of emigration. At the time it was a world o’ wars and it seemed to me that Israel was one of the few places fighting for something worth fighting for. And the kibbutz kids were cute.

          For a number of reasons nothing came of it. And that’s good. Because I was wrong. And young. And foolish.

  3. Huh? I have yet to meet anyone pro-Harper who’s under 35, except for the obligatory bowtie-wearing dweeb in his early 20′s who thinks he’s got it all figured out. Anyway, I’m not pro-Coalition per se, I’m against those who are against parliamentary democracy.

    Painting Ignatieff as anti-Israel is absurd, though not quite as absurd as the idea that Israel would nuke UN peacekeepers. Time to adjust your bowtie.

    • I know plenty of pro-Harper men and women under 35 who are anything but bowtie-wearing dweebs. Of course, I should point out that I live in Calgary.

  4. “Israel has nuclear subs with nuclear missiles”.

    Both wrong.

  5. I listened to an all party discussion of the issue on tvo last night. It was nauseating watching everyone carefully utter banalities for twenty minutes in order to avoid alienating ethnic voting blocs.

    On the other hand, it was interesting watching Peter Kent defend the Israeli policy of excluding reporters from Gaza on CBC. It’s for their own protection, see.

    Wonder what brother Arthur thinks of that line?

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