Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Governing Liberals ask for an accounting from Iran

"What kind of callous, spineless government re-establishes normal diplomatic relations with this kind of regime?"

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper's question yesterday must have rung someone's bell over there on Parliament Hill, because today Canada's external affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew finally asked for an accounting from Iran's foreign minister, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi. Iran's offiical stance has been that Canadian Journalist Zahra Kazemi slipped and hit her head (seriously) before dying in Iranian custody. The Governing Liberals have known for months the true details about Kazemi's torture, rape, and murder, but chose ignore them all the while trying to develop a closer relationship with Iran.

Yesterday Canada asked for an international supervised forensic examination. They even used the word murder.

It's about time.

What's really upsetting (but not surprising) me, is that Pettigrew is claiming with typical Liberal cheek, is that his government has been saying it's been a murder all along. I guess that's why they sent our Ambassador back to Tehran.


April 6th- The only nice thing about the Liberals is that they can read opinion polls, and with a minority government that's more important than ever. With the leaked truth spilling past the gag over the Brault testimony of the Gomery inquiry, the government must be frightened indeed.

Today a Foreign Affairs official announced Canada's pulling out of a "Doing Business with Iran" symposium scheduled for (where else?) Montreal, Quebec next week. the Globe and Mail reports that Agriculture Canada was to be the co-sponsor of the event, providing translators, a-v equipment, and a roster of government experts as guest-speakers.

I can imagine they're looking pretty hard in the PM's office for quick and obvious stuff they can do, to visibly distance themselves from Iran... and distract the masses from Gomery.

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