Monthly Archives: July 2011

China not our ally

It’s not Question Period in China. Too bad no one told John Baird.

Our new foreign minister, promoted for political adeptness in difficult portfolios, just turned in a staggeringly inept performance on his first major foreign trip. It wasn’t a problem that on Monday in Beijing he called his conversations with the Chinese government “warm, cordial and productive”. That’s the sort of bumph bureaucrats draft before and politicians sign off on after meetings even if they erupt into yelling or are so dull someone important falls asleep.

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Once-mighty Britannia now virtually unarmed

Britain’s army is now smaller than at any time since the Boer War, its air force at 1914 levels and the Royal Navy as small as Henry VIII’s. It’s presented as sound strategic policy but, Canadians and Americans take note, it really came from the welfare state’s intellectual, moral and fiscal bankruptcy.

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Today’s horrors are modern, not medieval

We can’t ignore the spectacle of a Muslim prayer service in a Canadian public school that segregates girls and subjects those having their period to public rejection and humiliation. We have to deal with it here and now. It’s not happening somewhere else and it’s not happening in some other era.

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