Bruised on the second ballot by its Portugese rival, Canada called an abrupt halt to its bid Tuesday to rejoin the United Nations Security Council — the country's second international black eye in as many days — and laid the blame for its failure squarely at the feet of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
Canada’s UN Ambassador John McNee made the announcement after the second ballot gave Portugal 113 votes and Canada just 78, both short of the 128 votes required to claim the second of two available seats on the influential council. Germany won the first seat on the first ballot.
Despite recent rumblings about Canada's decidedly Israel-friendly foreign policy, it was Ignatieff, having last month openly questioned whether Canada was ready to re-join the council, who earned the brunt of the blame from both Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and the Prime Minister's Office.
"I do not think that this is a repudiation of Canada's foreign policy," Cannon told a news conference.
"Canada ran a campaign based on principle; we ran a strong campaign. Unfortunately, back home in Canada, the leader of the opposition determined that Canada does not speak with one voice."
Yes, it was a repudiation of Canada's foreign policy and shut up, Ignatieff.
As much as it might sound like a good idea to counteract China and Russia's repeated efforts to screw the world, this is the UN where China and Russia can actually have permanent seats on the security council and where indifference to the rape of Congolese women and the murder of Rwandan civilians can go unabated.
Will this obvious power grab make chiefs more accountable?
Rescue for the Chilean miners is at hand:
The trapped miners while be placed in a one-man capsule that will rotate in a devised rescue shaft. The whole process will take fifteen to twenty minutes per miner. Yikes.
It never ends:
Just free David Chen already.
Another Chinese fellow knows how David Chen feels. China is still pouting:
Lightfoot in art.