“The government of Canada has always stood with those who defend freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” Stephen Harper
Really! Does Stephen Harper win the hypocrisy award of the year for the above statement? This is a guy who helps sell arms to Saudi Arabia, the biggest beheading dictatorship’ in the world and explains his actions by saying this:
"As I've said in the debate, it's frankly all of our partners and allies who were pursuing that contract, not just Canada. So this is a deal frankly with a country, and notwithstanding its human rights violations, which are significant, this is a contract with a country that is an ally in the fighting against the Islamic State.” Mark Gollom, CBC News, September 26,2015.
The “Islamic State” according to a number of reports has been receiving, funding from Saudi Arabia. Does Mr. Harper not know this? And if he does know this, what does that say about his ethics and his principles?
“Citing the former head of British spy agency MI6, London’s Independent newspaper says Islamic State forces are financially backed by wealthy donors in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both of which are Western allies.” Thomas Walkom,Toronto Star, Sept.10, 2014.
The Guardian. U.K. had the headline: “To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia” The article went on to state:
“Our allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.” Owen Jones, the Guardian, U.K. August 31, 2014.
The Telegraph U.K had the headline:
“Qatar and Saudi Arabia 'have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam'” The article went on to say:
“Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a ‘time bomb’ by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq. General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.” David Blair, The Telegraph, U. K. October 4, 2014.
Mr Harper says he is against terrorism, yet his “allies” are reportedly “funding” it. Therefore, I ask the question again, does Mr. Harper not know this? And if he does, why does he persist in supporting them? Surely, he is not a hypocrite on terrorism?
In summing up, if Mr. Harper has no qualms about having an “ally” that reportedly funds terrorism and is a dictatorship instead of a democracy. Then one wonders could our democracy become a dictatorship?
Stephen J, Gray
September 26, 2015.
Articles of interest at links below:
Canadian Troops to “be based in Kuwait.” A country that funds “terrorist groups”