Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Korean hostages and Canadian Conservatives


Canada disapproves of South Korea's deal with the Taliban to secure a hostage release, Foreign Affairs said late Wednesday.

In a carefully crafted response, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier expressed regret over South Korea's handling of the crisis.

"We do not negotiate with terrorists, for any reason," said a statement issued by Bernier's office.

"Such negotiations, even if unsuccessful, only lead to further acts of terrorism."

Some mornings, actually most mornings, the news just shits me. While I fully think practicing expeditionary Christianity in Afghanistan should qualify for a Darwin Award at the very minimum (and probably some sort of professional intervention), lives are lives. Korean lives are Korean lives and it is in no-way-shape-or-form the business of the Maxime Bernier or the G of C to publicly comment on, no matter how fucking subtly, the actions the Korean government took to protect the lives of its nationals. STFU and deal with it - even if it means you can't act out little Walter Mitty fantasies.

Of course, the obvious question is what actions the Cons would take if the why-are-we-still-fighting-them-longer-than-WW2-later Taleban manages to snatch oh, I dunno, some CIDA or Canadian NGO people. Something tells me they'd be singing a different tune, but I hope we never have to find out (they might sacrifice them or card them for party membership).

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