In Canada’s interest
Editorial position baffling (Letter, May 13)
The U.S. Congress rightly was hesitant to endorse Obama’s flawed “deal” with Iran. The agreement basically punted the nuclear bomb issue ahead 10 years and failed to address ballistic missiles at all. Clinton made a “deal” with North Korea to give them $4 billion to stop their nuclear missile work and feed their starving people. We all know how well that worked!
The letter writer thinks we should side with European powers and not with the U.S. on Iran. The Europeans are fairly useless these days (think Georgia and Ukraine) and still appear to have a streak of anti-Semitism when framing their policies toward Israel. Canada has relied on the U.S. military for its defence since the Second World War and, except for Afghanistan (where we had to purchase used German tanks to get started), our contributions have been relatively minor for the very good reason that successive governments of all stripes have failed to provide our forces with the necessary equipment.
As of December 2017, we had 43 troops on peacekeeping missions. So, I suspect the U.S. State Department and the Joint Chiefs neither know nor care what Trudeau and Canadians think about the U.S. position on anything. In Trump’s scoresheet, he has brought North Korea to the table and Saudi Arabia and Israel are important Mideast allies for the West.
Benjamin Disraeli, British PM in Victoria’s reign, said: “Britain has no eternal friends and no eternal enemies, just eternal interests.” Words to live by in foreign policy. John Purkiss St. George