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Canadian PM Paul Martin is sending Pierre Pettigrew to Arafat’s funeral to represent Canada.

I wish Canada would have the guts to boycott altogeher. But I suppose that’s unreasonable seeing as how the USA, the UK, the EU states, and just about everyone else is sending representation. Canada has never been willing to take a moral stand on anything else, so why would they now?

Martin is also calling for renewed peace efforts in the wake of Arafat’s death, perpetuating the myth that now that Arafat’s gone, the Palestinian people are suddenly ready to renounce terrorism and make peace:

“Chairman Arafat’s influence on regional and global events has been undeniable. While comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians was never attained in his lifetime, chairman Arafat’s efforts, along with those of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, were recognized in 1994 with the Nobel Peace Prize.”

This day is turning into one long gagging opportunity. Even as Israel makes conciliatory statements, the Palestinians are already blaming Arafat’s death on Israel and calling for a renewed wave of attacks, in what is sure to be an emerging power struggle for the Palestinian leadership where the repulsive mark of victory is the number of dead Jews each group can claim credit for:

Hamas’ top political leader, Khaled Mashaal, told Al-Jazeera television by telephone Thursday, “I hold Israel responsible for the crime of killing Abu Ammar [Arafat].” He offered no evidence.

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“Yes, death is an act of God and a man the age of brother Abu Ammar may die a natural death, but all the circumstances which we have seen in the past two weeks and medical reports indicate that brother Abu Ammar had been poisoned,” Mashaal said.

[ . . . ]

“The loss of the great leader will increase our determination and steadfastness to continue Jihad and resistance against the Zionist enemy until victory and liberation is achieved,” Hamas said in statement.

The world just doesn’t get it. Arafat led his people towards hatred. He was a terrorist. He invented much of modern terrorism and he offered it as the only path to his people. None of that will be undone overnight by his death. In fact, with Hamas or the Islamic Jihad standing to gain power from this “tranisition”, things may get a whole lot worse before they get better.

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Well we didn’t have to wait long to see what our new foreign minister’s attitude towards Israel was going to be:

Canada rebuked Israel over a plan to build 1,000 new homes in existing settlements in the West Bank, saying the move hindered hopes for peace with the Palestinians.

Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew suggested that the swelling settlements were a contravention of the internationally-backed roadmap peace plan.

“Canada is very concerned by Israel’s decision,” Pettigrew said in a statement.

“It contravenes international law and goes against the Quartet’s Road Map for peace in the Middle East, agreed to by the parties, which requires the freezing of all settlement activity.”

“Final status issues such as land and borders can only be resolved through a negotiated agreement between the parties.

“The deliberate expansion of settlements in the occupied territories hinders the prospect for achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”

Right. As though the Road Map were still on the radar screen. As though the Palestinians fulfilled even a single obligation of theirs spelled out by the Road Map. As though the “hopes for peace” were still alive and well.

Canada’s official foreign policy: denial of reality.

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Kazemi’s son fights for justice

07.27.2004

The Zahra Kazemi story continues to get media attention, as her son pressures the Canadian government to keep fighting for justice: The son of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is “totally unhappy” about the way Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew has responded to his call for a government commitment to get to the bottom of his […]

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Pettigrew addresses WTO protesters

07.25.2003

Pettigrew to communists: you’re wrong, I’m right: The stubborn opponents of globalization are living in the past while governments fight to remove barriers that punish the poor, International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew said Friday. Protesters are planning to conduct several marches in an attempt to disrupt a three-day World Trade Organization meeting that begins in […]

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