Friday, July 28, 2006

The new Canadian foreign policies

In Canada, while ten premiers are facing the incapacity to get on the same ground in order to solve the problem known as the fiscal imbalance at a meeting in St-John's, the world is witnessing other condemnable blunders from the Israeli troops during their illegal trip to Lebanon. In the Canadian newspaper of French language La Presse, Richard Hétu wrote that by doing an air strike on an outpost of the United Nations (UN) meant for observation at Khiam (Lebanon), some Israeli soldiers have killed four international observers, including a Canadian, at the service of the UN.1 The other three victims were respectively Austrian, Chinese and Finnish.

Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper is described by Bill Graham, the leader of the Liberal Party, as an "irresponsible" head of government.2 Graham also supports his argument with the fact that because of Stephen Harper, Canada is actually losing its role of peacemaker, because Harper offers a strong support for Israel with his stand that lacks nuances. The previous statement shows us that Canada's foreign policies are, unfortunately, getting closer to the USA's imperialistic foreign policies. Furthermore, the way Stephen Harper handled the crisis in Lebanon was a total mess, because since he wanted to control every single information that he has, he couldn't give a psychological support for Canadians who were seeing the war in Lebanon. In addition to that, his obsession for control brought an unforgivable delay for the evacuation of Canadian nationals. In fact, as it was written in my previous blog entry, an evacuation plan that was left on the desk of Canada's Prime minister remained unanswered for at least twenty-four hours and no margin of manoeuvre was given to Peter McKay, the minister of Foreign affairs.

Many people have argued that the reason why the Canadian government couldn't offer proper services to Canadian nationals it's because our country is, as some political commentators said, "geographically far from Lebanon in comparison with the European countries". Given the complicate situation in the Middle East, the Canadian government, in order to compensate for Canada's geographic distance, could have, before the beginning of summer vacations, concluded a territorial deal with the Greek, Turk and Cypriot government that will allow Canada to put its fleet in the national waters of these three countries only during the period of the summer vacations under their governmental supervision. The point of this deal is not to control the waters of these three countries, but rather to get prepared for a crisis if Canadian nationals definitely need to be evacuated very quickly. Obviously, thinking about such a plan is easy, but the most difficult part will be to convince the government of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Now that the world has seen how the Canadian government is thinking, let it be said that most countries won't be ready to trust Canada in foreign affairs. By the way, here are three blogs that are showing the Israeli's point of view on this military conflict.


2. Live from an Israeli bunker. http://israelibunker.blogspot.com

3. Pajamas Media. http://pajamasmedia.com



1. Richard Hétu. « Un Canadien parmi les victimes », La Presse, Montréal, 26th of July, 2006, p. A1

2. Nathaëlle Morissette. « Harper qualifié "d'irresponsable" », La Presse, 28th of July, 2006

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