Between the Pundits: Our new foreign policy

Pundits from the daintier side of the aisle have been waxing philosophic of late about George W. Bush’s impending departure and what it will mean for Canada, as Stephen Harper suddenly discovers he’s the last remaining Bush fan/supplicant/lickspittle left in elected office. Omar Khadr will be coming home; we’ll have to open relations with Hamas and Hezbollah, and abandon our knee-jerk support for Israel; soft power will be all the rage again. There’ll be nuance everywhere. You won’t be able to move in Ottawa for all the honest brokering going on.

Well, about that…

Statement by the Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- Today, following the exchange of five captured terrorists for the remains of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, the Government of Canada offers its sympathies to the families of messrs. Regev and Goldwasser and the people of Israel.

The hero’s welcome that terrorist Samir Kantar is receiving stands in stark contrast to the nature of his crime: the brutal murder of Danny Haran, his four-year old daughter Einat and an Israeli policeman.

We offer our condolences to all those affected by terrorism. The Government of Canada considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization and it is listed under Canada’s Criminal Code as such.

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