Defecting from a Diplomatic Travesty
Not only was Canada right to send the Iranian diplomatic corps packing; we were long overdue to give up this farce that required "Canadian diplomats to smile when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini’s appointments secretaries spit in their faces," notes Terry Glavin in today's Ottawa Citizen.
Glavin takes direct aim at career Foreign Affairs bureaucrat Paul Heinbecker and his friends who have helped lead us down the garden path. We're done making nice with theocratic fascists intent on sparking the next world war.
My contention was that the rousting of Tehran’s agents from their Ottawa compound on Metcalfe Street and the shuttering our useless embassy in Tehran is at least a good start, and perhaps we might now turn to some more effective means of isolating, containing and ultimately assisting in the overthrow of the Khomeinist despotism that is the cause of all this grief in the first place. I’m hardly going to apologize for holding that view.
Heinbecker pleads for keeping diplomats to the fore because “we need to bear witness to the horrors.” Well no, actually, some of us would rather skip the horrors altogether, thanks. Something like 26,000 Syrians have already been slaughtered. The great Iranian people remain enslaved and they have lost almost all hope of any help coming from the outside world. Their black-turbaned overlords are now at the brink of nuclear-bomb capability. Israel has been brought to the brink of a pre-emptive war that could end up engulfing much of the world in massacres and flames and chaos.