Sunday, August 03, 2014
The Con Clown John Baird and the Destruction of Gaza
As if the situation in Gaza wasn't bad enough. As if the need for serious diplomacy to end the slaughter couldn't be greater.
As if Canada wasn't enough of a rogue nation in the eyes of the world.
And the last thing anyone needed was the Con clown John Baird pouring more oil on the flames.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has come under fire from Human Rights Watch over comments that “Hamas will be solely to blame for any further loss of life” after a Gaza ceasefire quickly unravelled Friday.
In a statement , Mr. Baird said Hamas had violated the ceasefire and that Israel was forced to defend itself. “Hamas has lost all credibility, and we must continue to work to isolate this terrorist organization that values death over peace,” Mr. Baird said.
Even though there never was a real ceasefire, Israel never halted its military operations.
And all Baird is doing is giving the criminal Netanyahu regime the green light to continue its brutal assault on the innocent civilians of Gaza...
“If Hamas broke the ceasefire, it does not make it responsible for more Israeli attacks that hit schools and hospitals, or kill children on a beach,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch.
“If Canada is so concerned about reaching peace, it should pressure all parties to abide by the laws of war, and demand justice for the horrible abuses that have taken place.”
Acting more like a cheerleader than a responsible diplomat.
At a time when even the new Con foreign minister of Britain is calling on the Israelis to restrain themselves.
The British public is “deeply disturbed” by the suffering of the people of Gaza, Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has said.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hammond said he had received thousands of emails, from a “broad swathe” of people, expressing horror at the impact of Israel’s bombardment on Gaza’s civilian population.
And even though if Hamas values death over peace, so does Israel.
For what else could explain such savage collective punishment?
Or the monstrous scale of the devastation...
And what kind of Canadian leader could encourage more of the same and still call himself human? Or the true representative of a people with a once proud peacekeeping tradition.
But then of course, nobody should be surprised.
When Baird and his morally depraved leader Stephen Harper have always placed the interests of the Netanyahu regime, or their beloved Benny, before the interests of Canada...
Or the cause of peace.
And as Jeffrey Simpson points out, their bellicose or bullhorn diplomacy is isolating Canada from even its own traditional allies.
Where’s Canada gone? It’s a question foreign diplomats posted to Ottawa ask, privately and quietly of course. And it’s a good question, because the current government in Ottawa has distanced Canada somewhat from its traditional allies.
For example, every country with which Canada has been traditionally allied has been calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas “conflict” (or “war” if you prefer). The Obama administration has been using whatever diplomatic leverage it could to bring one about. Canada, by contrast, stands mute, which is to say the government might like a cessation of hostilities (or maybe not for the time being), but will continue to take its cue from the government of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.
Reinforcing Canada's image as a rogue nation, and making the Cons look like maniacs.
For that is how low we have fallen. And this is the bottom line:
What the world needs now is serious diplomacy to stop the devastating destruction of Gaza, and end the intolerable suffering of its people.
What this country needs now is a foreign policy that can make us feel proud, not ashamed to be Canadians.
And we shall have neither until those Con clowns are defeated...
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