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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Harper chooses moral clarity, and the Toronto Star gets nervous

During my freshman year in college, I had an unusual problem; I had become so used to the polluted air of my home region (northern New Jersey) that the clean air of Virginia actually hurt my nose.  This was the first thing to come to mind when seeing how the Toronto Star reacted to Stephen Harper's blast of fresh air in Canadian foreign policy (see Canada File).

Posted by D.J. McGuire on July 25, 2006 in Canadian Politics, International Affairs | Permalink


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Maybe it's just me, but I don't have any idea where your references lead. You do a nice post then link to a site that looks like my grandmothers uphostry and I can never quite find what I was sent there to read.

IE see canada file ... well I can't find it or maybe you meant something else whatever.

Anyway, I find your blog too busy and confusing. I leave it right away.

I am certain that you have something to offer, perhaps if you make more idiot fiendly, I might be able to read and enjoy.

Posted by: Duke | 2006-07-25 9:14:26 AM

Okay, I did fine it. Although I was looking on the side bar for "the canada file".

I naturally thought that it would be an ongoing subheader of some sort rather than a post somewhere down the page.

Posted by: Duke | 2006-07-25 9:24:13 AM

So let me get this straight: Harper is questioning the status quo?

All I can say is: BOUT TIME!

Posted by: Scott | 2006-07-25 9:26:50 AM


Sorry for the confusion. Perhaps if I had stuck to my convention and referenced the seventh item in the post . . .

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2006-07-25 9:34:21 AM


as for posting an entire article which is far easier to read than clicking on a link that may be a private site or a site where to read it you must register by filling out all sorts of info and then wait to receive a email then return to the site to read it --- i think it is a whole lot easier to just scroll down the page although i concede your finger must be very fit

BUT ....

why do you post links(LIKE ABOVE) that merely open up the SAME WINDOW YOU'RE ALREADY ON?

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-25 2:39:28 PM

We all know that is your preferred technique, woodbridge.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-07-25 4:09:43 PM

More power to him. I'm glad we finally have a PM who's willing to proclaim loud and proud and clear who Canadians are, rather than take timid refuge in who they're not.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2006-07-25 7:35:07 PM

There's some very interesting commentary in the Star article. For example: From Norman Hillmer, Carleton University:

"Every government since than has been Pearsonian," Hillmer says. "That's highly flexible, highly realistic, terribly pragmatic."

"There's nothing swashbuckling about Pearsonianism — it's all about caution. Pearson was the ultimate pragmatist."

"Harper's approach, he says, has been very different: more personal, more aggressive, more ideological, less nuanced."

There's that lovely word again - "NUANCED". Give me Harper's clarity any day.

A guy by the name of Nossal supports Harper's approach. He sees the shift as significant:

"Harper is willing to take a steely-eyed view and not worry about annoying certain segments of the population," he says. "His first eye isn't on risk avoidance."

"Nossal disagrees with the idea that this is a lock-step adoption of U.S. policy. Rather, he suggests, it is a reconfiguration of Canada's approach, lining up with different countries in the international system like Australia, Japan and the U.S."

Naturally the Star favours Hillmer and Liberal-like 'caution' [to be polite] as the way to go.

Posted by: JR | 2006-07-25 8:18:11 PM

Four detained in slaying of Canadian aid worker in northern Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
KABUL -- Afghan authorities investigating the killing of a Canadian man who was shot dead in northern Afghanistan have detained four men for questioning, officials said Wednesday.

The man, identified as Mike Frastacky, was found dead in the house of an Afghan national in Nahrin district of northern Baghlan province on Monday, said Mohammad Halam Rask, the province's governor. Frastacky, who suffered three bullet wounds to the chest, was reportedly an independent aid worker, involved in building a school in the area.

Alain Cacchione, an official at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, confirmed the man was a Canadian national.

Gen. Eawaz Khan, chief of police for Baghlan province, said it was not yet clear who had done the killing, nor the motive.

Four persons, including a translator, a body guard, an owner of the house and a neighbour were detained for questioning, he said.

Frestacky's body was handed over the Canadian Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, he said.

The embassy has been in contact with Frastacky's family and were working with Afghan authorities to repatriate his body to Canada, Cacchione said.

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-26 6:17:26 AM


Mike was building the school, with his own money, and donations. He was the entrepreneur and the worker, all bundled into one.

Why did the terrorists kill such a philanthropist worker?

My guestimation, is that he educates girls as well as boys. Taliban does not believe females should be able to read, write and do arithmatic. They believe women should be held captives in their own homes, and slaves to their men folk.

Posted by: Lady | 2006-07-26 9:40:41 AM

the muslim world plan

including here

is forced sterilization the answer or world war on them?

Hannah Ibrahim, who headed north with her four children to escape the fighting, said she wanted to give them a chance to grow up, join Hezbollah and fight Israel.

"Whatever Israel does to us now, we will be back," she said.

A Lebanese MOTHER OF 10, who gave her name as Majadal, said several of her sons were with Hezbollah.

"I not only intend to return home," she said. "I want to continue on to Jerusalem."

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-26 7:41:33 PM

We'll be waiting for them! And, we will be ready!

Posted by: Lady | 2006-07-27 9:20:04 AM

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