Canada stands on principle; Obama goes “meh.”

Posted by: Phineas on July 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

**Posted by Phineas

A couple of weeks ago I could barely contain my disgust over the appointment of North Korea as head of the UN Conference on Disarmament. It seems I wasn’t the only one, and it’s great to see a liberal democracy refuse to participate in this disgraceful sham.

Good for you, Canada:

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is set to announce Monday that Canada is boycotting the United Nations Conference on Disarmament over North Korea’s involvement, a senior government source told Postmedia News.

So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador, was last week named chair of the Geneva-based group dedicated to promoting global nuclear disarmament.

“North Korea is simply not a credible chair of this UN body as its leaders are working in the exact opposite direction,” the source told Postmedia News on Sunday evening.

“Our government feels this undermines not only the Conference on Disarmament, but the UN itself. And Canada will not be party to that . . . Our government received a strong mandate to advance Canada’s values — freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law — on the world stage.”

During North Korea’s term as chair, Canada will not “engage” in the conference, the source said Baird will announce Monday.

Meanwhile for the Obama administration, it’s no “big deal:

The Obama administration will not follow Canada’s lead and boycott a session of the U.N.-linked Conference on Disarmament to protest North Korea’s appointment to the body’s rotating presidency.

“We have chosen not to make a big deal out of this because it’s a relatively low-level, inconsequential event,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday.

In one sense, Nuland is right; UN conferences often aren’t “big deals,” serving as little more than occasions to pad a resume, collect a per diem, and shop for things not available in your own country.

On the other hand, if the United States won’t defend the principles on which the commission and the larger UN were founded in the little, easy instances such as this, who should believe we would care in the big instances? By assenting to North Korea’s chairmanship of the conference and lending that act our prestige by our participation, we also say that North Korea’s serial illegal arms-trafficking is “no big deal” and encourage them (and others) to do even more. It’s an example of the broken-windows theory to international relations.

Canada and the Harper cabinet are right in this case, while the Obama administration again shows its casual, amateurish approach to foreign affairs.

via The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Canada stands on principle; Obama goes “meh.””


  1. Great White Rat says:

    Remember, Phineas, when he was running for president, one of his aides bragged that an Obama administration would base its national security policy on Winnie The Pooh stories. So we shouldn’t be surprised….

  2. Carlos says:

    Because of corruptocrats like Obhammud and such, the U.N. itself is “no big deal.”

    And, as far as that goes, except for the incessant thirst for power and bastardizing our legislative and legal processes in the meantime, neither is Obhammud. Or anyone else in this nefarious and dastardly administration.

  3. Khanduharnadian says:

    Seriously Carlos, “Obhammud”? I would have though living in the US with a name like Carlos would have clearly demonstrated the downside of racism.

  4. Kate says:

    Oh, pooh, Khanduharnadian….pooh and double pooh on you. Suggesting such a thing is double backward racism!

    O Bother…Winnine the Pooh is right. The UN is nothing but stuff and nonsense aside from sending some medical help to children for which they use child labor to collect funds.

  5. Bill Fabrizio says:

    If this is not a “big deal” for the Obama Administration why was it such a “big deal” for him to get the UN approval to go to war (excuse me, go to “kinetic military operations”) against Libya.

    The duplicity at work here is breathtaking and shameless!

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    Besides, Obama gave the UN a donation of 100 billions dollars from the US taxpayer. How could he walk out when the party is all about him ?????

  7. PE says:

    Principle? We don’t need no stinking principle. And we don’t need no stinking class.

  8. Carlos says:

    @Khanduharnadian: I hardly think that characterization is racist. The man/child has not given me (or anyone else) any reason to believe that his real beliefs are not in Islam, and I happen to believe that not only Western culture but mankind is in a death-struggle with Islam, because neither Western culture nor mankind can survive should Islam succeed in creating their world-wide caliphate. One cannot sit in a “church” for twenty years listening to the anti-Christian, anti-American rhetoric that was spewed from that pulpit and sincerely believe the guy is a “Christian.”

    (However, in his defense, my name is not “God” and I will not judge his soul. I am just going on what I’ve seen his actions to be, and they tell me the man is not a Christian.)

    And BTW, aren’t you making a fairly hefty assumption about my racial background? For all you know, I could be Spanish, not hispanic, I could have blond hair, or “Carlos” may not even be my name. You don’t know, neither does anyone else, and that suits me fine. It’s easier to pick out the racists that way, the ones who automatically assume I’m hispanic.

    @PE: and with Obhammud we get absolutely no principle and even less class.