July 18, 2006


Canada's `evaluation' accurate, Harper says (LES WHITTINGTON, 7/18/06, Toronto Star)

"We sent a firm message that the extremists who committed cross-border murder and kidnapped Israeli soldiers bear the responsibility for instigating the crises in Lebanon and Gaza," Harper said of the G-8's position. [...]

With the death toll now above 200, mainly in Lebanon where Israeli warplanes have been pounding Hezbollah strongholds, Harper was asked if he regretted using the word "measured" in connection with Israel's military action.

"I think our evaluation of the situation has been accurate," the Prime Minister said at a news conference.

"Obviously, there's been an ongoing escalation. And frankly, ongoing escalation is inevitable once conflict begins."

But, rejecting charges by Arab groups who blame the current crisis on Olmert's government, Harper said, "We are not going to give in to the temptation of some to single out Israel, which was the victim of the initial attack."

He said it's clear that the current upsurge in combat was sparked by the raids on Israeli soil by Hezbollah and Hamas fighters.

the Burnets are in town and we were talking last night about how pleasant it is to have Canada standing with the good guys instead of backstabbing and about how little traction Mr. Harper's critics have bneen able to gain, particularly the press, which he's made a point of being confrontational towards.

It's also amusing to cast your mind back a few years to when the Left and Realists were certain that George W. Bush's unilateralism was doing irreparable harm to our relations with former allies who would never see the world in our stark moral terms. Funny how those nations have instead been electing leaders who see the world the same way and even the Arabs generally support Israeli unilateralism at this point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2006 9:23 AM

It was interesting to see Merkel and Harper at the G-8. W and Tony must have felt a bit more at home.

Posted by: JAB at July 18, 2006 9:59 AM

But Schroeder was paid off well, wasn't he? He now works for some oil company controlled by Putin.

An oil company?!?! Where are the German Greens protesting about that? Oh, yeah. They are too busy protesting the freedom of Iraqis, now that Saddam has been removed from power.

Posted by: obc at July 18, 2006 10:32 AM

Israel's response HAS been measured. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and killed a couple of thousand soldiers, and we incinerated much of their civilian population. Germany never attacked us, and we obliterated half their country (the Russians did the other half).

Posted by: b at July 18, 2006 1:01 PM

Btw: In the G8, everybody ignores Chirac's Israel has over reacted,... Israel's trying to destroy Lebanon. It seems we don't have to do a Kerry to ask international approval for our foreign policy.

Posted by: ic at July 18, 2006 2:52 PM