Excess Luggage: Disgruntled Canada Wants Back to Iran.
And with excess luggage we mean this: Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion has just told reporters that his government will lift some sanctions on Iran now that a deal has been reached to curb - what he called - its "contentious" nuclear program. And his snobbery doesn't stop there. Dion goes on to allege that "Canada will maintain a level of mistrust for a regime that must not have nuclear weapons, a regime that is a danger to human rights, and is not a friend to our allies, including Israel." The Canadian foreign minister should take note: * When his government decided to close its embassy in Tehran and leave, no one cared. Now they have had a change of heart and want back. Again no one will care. What's so special about their reappearance anyway? * What sanctions is Dion talking about? Technology? Food? Car? Medicine? He can spend a whole month in Tehran to look for a Canadian-made product and still find nothing. The value of Iran-Canada trade is too trivial for him to brag about. * Dion says "Canada will maintain a level of mistrust-" Well, good for you! He can be pretty much sure that Tehran will similarly maintain the same level of mistrust over a regime that abruptly leaves and abruptly returns - just like a disgruntled, irrational and unfaithful partner! But wait a minute. Canada didn't just abruptly close its embassy in 2012 and leave. It also expelled Iranian diplomats from Ottawa and formally listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism! * When asked specifically about exporting civilian aircraft - Bombardier hopes to sell regional jets to the country's national air carrier, Iran Air - Dion said it made no sense to maintain sanctions that hurt such an important Canadian industry!
"If Airbus is able to do it, why will Bombardier not be able to do it? In which way is it helping Canada, or the Iranian people or Israel or anyone that Canada is hurting its own industry?" Dion's comments defy logic and we are lost in translation. We just don't know what to make of it! * Dion claims, "Iran continues to be a state sponsor of terrorism, continues to deny as state policy the very existence of Israel-" The country the Canadian foreign minister is complaining about is now at the forefront of the Real War on Terror in Iraq and Syria, where it has lost some of its best military commanders and elites. If still in doubt, he can ask the long-suffering people of Iraq and Syria. He can even go to Europe to hear the truth from his European counterparts. It's closer to Canada. * The Israel Dion is so keen to defend is a regime that has committed and continues to commit crimes against humanity in Syria, Lebanon and occupied Palestinian territories, including in Gaza - with great impunity and no accountability. If still he insists, he can find out more by going through official reports published by the Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, United Nations, and several other international aid groups and agencies. * Dion admonishes Iran for human rights abuses while he knows his country is helping Saudi Arabia in its generational wars of aggression and terror. The same government that Dion claims is a strong voice for the protection of human rights and the advancement of democratic values, stands accused of signing off on the sales of advanced surveillance technologies and weaponry to the repressive regime of Saudi Arabia. This makes Canada complicit in Saudi crimes, as its technologies and weaponry are being used against the people of Yemen in clear violation of international humanitarian law. All this and more speaks volumes about the irrefutable fact that the comic image of Canada as the "great defender of human rights" does not hold water when it's a matter of counter-terrorism campaign and international humanitarian law. Foreign Minister Dion should keep that in mind when his Bombardier begins landing in Tehran with so much excess luggage.
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|Date:||Jan 29, 2016|
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