Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Liberal MP resigns critic position

Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj resigns. For his recent foray into world affairs:
The Liberals' deputy foreign affairs critic has resigned after an uproar over his statements that Canada should negotiate directly with Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is on Canada's list of terrorist organizations.
How the speech climate has changed as a result of Harper's unequivocal support of Israel in its war with Hezbollah. You can't talk to "Nazis" is the framework the Conservatives are applying to this issue. How absolutely helpful of them. Anyone calling out Kenney for his inflammatory remarks?

Like it or not, Hezbollah is represented in the Lebanese parliament. Democratically elected. So they're a necessary component of any discussions with the Lebanese. They can't be ignored. If an election were held in Lebanon today, they could gain representation. What if they became the majority party in the Lebanese government? We could all stick our heads in the sand and pretend that this is not the case. We can choose to follow the Americans and not talk to Syria and Iran as well. And let's throw in North Korea for that matter. Look how well that's all working out.

The Canadian government should be pressuring the Americans to deal with Syria and stop the arms flow through its territory from Iran to the end user, Hezbollah. How about that? You have a highly touted new relationship of influence in Washington? Use it for something constructive in the Middle East instead of photo-op appointments of Liberals like Wajid Khan. There's a lot brewing in the Middle East. Some think the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict was a trial run for an American run at Iran, long reported to be in the works. That's where the Conservative government should be focussed, not on Liberal party infighting.