Canada shoots wide, UN posts shutout

Brian Jones
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It’s a good thing Canadians prefer hockey as their national religion, rather than politics, because otherwise this would have been a very bad week for a nation that skated onto thin ice and busted through.

Coach Stephen Harper decided his team would try out for the Security Council at the United Nations. As in 1972, the Canadians showed up unprepared — they skated with their heads down and took a nasty elbow to the head, landing on their butts while the victors, Portugal and Germany, took their place on the bench.

After six successive, successful bids for a spot on the UN’s Security Council, Canada was shut out. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, the loss came at the hands of Portugal, a runt of a country that arguably hasn’t accomplished anything substantial since it trained a young Christopher Columbus how to sail.

Some Canadians, revelling in the Maple Leafs’ early and unlikely winning streak, might not know nor care that Canada tried, and failed, to obtain a seat on the UN’s Security Council.

But for citizens who want their country to be involved in world affairs and tough it out in the corners, failing to make the cut for the Security Council is a huge embarrassment.

Assigning blame

Predictably, fingers of blame were immediately pointed at the coach. Canada’s lousy game plan, not to mention dismal foreign policy, caused the loss, some said.

A new stinginess when it comes to foreign aid was cited. But not a single critic — domestic or foreign — supplied statistics proving Portugal was more generous than Canada in providing aid to developing countries. Indeed, it is impossible to conceive of that being the case. Canadians are so generous that they — inexplicably, mind you — still give money to China.

Conjecture also swirled that it was Canada’s stubborn and regressive stance on environmental issues, namely global warming, that prompted UN members to send Canadians off the ice.

Canada’s approach has been supposedly unsporting — demanding that developing countries, such as China, India and Brazil, also make commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions along with developed countries. And isn’t it odd that, of all those self-righteous nations that condemn Canadians’ shameless polluting habits, not one has volunteered to stop burning oil.

Typically, politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa and at the UN were reluctant to address the real reason support for Germany and Portugal knocked Canada out of contention.

Laughably, the Tories tried to blame comments made weeks earlier by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, as if (1) Canadian political news has any international impact, and (2) anyone out there even knows who Michael Ignatieff is.

News reports this week noted the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference at the UN didn’t support Canada’s candidacy for the Security Council.

Liberals can naively believe that the Islamic countries’ opposition to Canada’s inclusion was due to global warming and African aid.

More likely, it was due to Canada being one of the few countries on the planet to state openly that Israel has a right to defend itself against attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.

So, Canada is humiliated on the world stage.

Meanwhile, Lebanon was elected last year and will sit at the Security Council table until 2011.

And what were they doing this week in that bastion of international peace and brotherly goodwill? Well, thousands of cheering, flag-waving Lebanese supporters lined the roads of Beirut Wednesday to welcome Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the fellow who famously declared Israel should be wiped off the map.

Canadians shouldn’t feel too humiliated.

The UN has become a snake pit of anti-Semites. The funny thing, or perhaps not, is that you don’t even have to be Jewish to suffer the consequences of their anti-Semitism.

Brian Jones is a desk editor at The Telegram. He can be reached by email at

Organizations: United Nations, Security Council, Maple Leafs Security Council.Liberals Hamas The Telegram

Geographic location: Canada, Portugal, Germany Israel China India Brazil Ottawa Lebanon Beirut

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  • Nfld turf
    October 15, 2010 - 22:08

    Settle down there Abdul!!! The country which you are now living in, has freedom of speech and each individual is entitled to their opinion!! Agree or not, Brian Jones and anyone else in this great country, can have his or her say, without fear of being thrown into jail !! We all appreciate your different viewpoint and sarcasm to his article, and that is the way it should be!! The Telegram wouldn't have it any other way. What a wonderful country you are now living in!!!! Leave your anger aside and stick with your sarcasm, because your point is well taken.

    • Abdul Saieed
      October 18, 2010 - 09:07

      The country in which I'm NOW living? Why do you ASSUME that I wasn't born here? And even if I wasn't, you seem to say that my opinions are held to a different degree of scrutiny. I'm merely pointing out Jones' hyprocracy -- am I allowed that in YOUR so wonderful country?

  • Mr. T
    October 15, 2010 - 14:29

    This is disrespectful to a good country, full of great people. Time to pull out of conflicts all over the world, enough of Canadian hero's have been killed in Afghanistan. Canada may not be sending as much aid money due to the fact that we are/were in a recession and money actually had to be spent in our own country, imagine the nerve. Israeli policies may contradict human rights, which is bad for the average everyday Palestinian citizen, however if Israel didn't have a strong military with strong policies they might be annihilated by other goups/countries in the middle east. It's a very complex situation.

  • Shawn
    October 15, 2010 - 13:45

    And Godwin's Law strikes again...

  • Abdul Saieed
    October 15, 2010 - 11:44

    So, what you're saying is that anyone who dares question Israeli policies is a de facto anti-semite. Have you sent your resume to the National Post (or FOX News) where its readers are stupid enough to actually believe this kind of logic? And while we're on the subject of ignorance, who are you to dismiss Portugal as a runt of a country?