October 21, 2003


Anti-Semite berated by Bush, greeted by PM Choices at APEC summit (Mike
Blanchfield, 10/21/03, CanWest News Service)

Jean Chretien shook hands with the Malaysian Prime Minister yesterday but did not condemn him for anti-Jewish remarks that provoked international outrage and earned a personal rebuke from the U.S. President. [...]

Mr. Chretien failed to add his voice to those of the leaders of Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the European Union, who have condemned Mr.
Mahathir for saying that Jews "rule this world by proxy" and that Muslims should rise against them for a "final victory."

"He was there. I shook hands with him like with everybody else," Mr. Chretien said after meeting Mr. Mahathir at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit of 21 world leaders.

Mr. Chretien would not offer an opinion on Mr. Mahathir's remarks when he met later with Canadian reporters.

Later they chatted over a bowl of Vichyssoise...

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2003 9:19 AM

In Canada I've seen Chretien referred to as "The Little Guy from Shawinigan" or something like that. He really does strike me as being a *little* man these days.


Posted by: Southerner at October 21, 2003 9:43 AM

He *really* does not want Paul Martin to be Prime Minister.

Really. Truly. Utterly.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 21, 2003 4:55 PM

hey, I don't want Paul Martin to be prime minister. Really utterly more of the same.

Posted by: john at October 21, 2003 7:02 PM

I invite you all to check out the last paragraph of this story, which gives you an excellent idea of the intellectual depth we are dealing with here.

Posted by: Peter B at October 22, 2003 5:40 AM