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September 01, 2006

Cotler Discusses Principles vs. Even-handedness


Former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler

In an interesting column in the Toronto Star, former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler discusses Canadian policy on Middle East, arguing that sticking by one's principles will sometimes result in support for one side in a conflict:

a review of the seven principles of Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East, as appears below, makes it clear that the notion that this foreign policy has been — or should be — even-handed is misplaced. Indeed, the notion that Stephen Harper's support of Israel is "one-sided" or "ideological" runs the risk of suggesting that if giving expression to Canadian foreign policy principles means ending up siding with Israel, we should thereby jettison our principles. Who, then, is being ideological here?

Read it all here.

Posted by GI at September 1, 2006 03:21 PM


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