In Canada’s in­ter­est

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NEWS -

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

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