02 September 2006

Post-ed Again!

The following scathing letter appears in today's National Post. Can you tell I'm getting a little fed up with the House of Commons' fourth-party leader getting so much airtime to espouse his wishy-washy rhetoric?

Re: Withdraw From Afghanistan: Layton, Sept. 1.
I wasn’t aware that “Canada’s place in the world” was one of a state that shirks its global multilateral responsibilities and abjures international agreements. Only in the make-believe world of the NDP is negotiation with terrorists, whose sole objective is political violence and undermining nation-building efforts in the Middle East, a good idea that can lead to a comprehensive peace process.
A Canadian foreign policy that reflects Canadian values is one in which we actively participate in multilateral efforts to spread democracy and mitigate the threats posed by terrorists and authoritarian regimes. Afghanistan is the archetypical expression of 21st century efforts to bring peace, security and stability to the world. The NDP fails to comprehend this on nearly every level.
Richard McAdam, Halifax.

6 comments:

Jason Bo Green said...

Actually, I'm glad that Layton is getting so much airtime - I love it. It pleases me when really obnoxious fools get to do it in public without even realizing.

RGM said...

See, if it were portrayed as Layton conducting some party self-immolation, yeah go nuts, but people are latching onto this crap and believing it's the truth and a really good idea.

Brian C said...

I guess that I don't feel as strongly about this as you guys do. I mean, we negotiated with Milosevic to end the war in the Balkans. Was that much better? Similarly did they negotiate peace with the IRA? I guess in my mind, negotiating peace stands a bit different than say, oh negotiating the return of prisoners which we kidnapped. If some of the Taliban fighters are simply tribal warlords fighting for different reasons than core Taliban fighters, it may be useful to get them to 'flip sides'. However, don't negotiate with Mohammed Omar.

RGM said...

Milosevic = head of state. He may have been a bastard, but he commanded the legitimate military forces of a sovereign state. That puts him on a different plane than terrorists, who are neither legitimate nor sovereign actors in international politics.

Devin said...

Richard:

You must be very proud...

RGM said...

I have my moments. It's a neat little thing to see my name in print, but I take a lot more pride in getting my thesis done and submitted. Letter took 10 minutes, thesis took a whole summer. LOL