POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY PAUL KNOX IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Thursday, October 11, 2012
COLUMNIST SAYS JOHN BAIRD DOESN'T UNDERSTAND U.N. - SPEAKING AT THE U.N. ABOUT ITS SUPPOSED FAILURE OVER SYRIA: HE GROWLS AND BLUBBERS AND ALMOST NO ONE ATTENDS TO LISTEN - CANADA'S SAD STATE TODAY
Yes, indeed, and what a sad excuse of a foreign minister for a country which has long strongly supported the UN.
But of course his purposes are other than what they might seem from his obtuse words.
His first purpose, always and everywhere, is to support the United States, echoing and mimicking its prejudices and excesses.
Recall, it was the “Baird faction” in the United States that actually violated treaty obligations to refuse paying UN dues for a long period of time.
And it has always been the United States that tries manipulating what it wants out of the UN, giving American actions in foreign policy the plausibility of world support,
But when it fails to achieve that support from the UN, as in its infernal plots in Syria or its war crimes in Iraq, it grabs up its briefing books and runs home yelling about backward forces and lack of American values.
Baird is simply a pipsqueak version of the same thing, and he behaves in this appalling way to gain whatever little nods of approval he may get from the people really in charge of every decision made in his office.
The second purpose is, always and everywhere, to be blubbering support for Israel's outrageous behavior.
Israel has, and has long had, utter contempt for the UN.
Israel's attitude is actually bitterly ironic, because Israeli leaders love to quote the various events in the past which supposedly legitimate their current situation, UN actions being amongst them.
But, at the same time, Israel hates the UN for all its past resolutions holding Israel responsible for acts it doesn't want to be responsible for.
In effect, Israel's attitude is the same as that of the United States towards the UN: it's just fine if it gives me what I want, and it is hateful when it doesn't.
Precisely the attitude of a bully, one with no respect for genuine democratic values or individual rights.
And John Baird is in eager pursuit of the kind of campaign-finance support for his party that always comes from the Israeli lobby when a leader appears to be putting Israel's interests on a par with, or even sometimes beyond, those of your own country.