May 16, 2022

Well, Everybody Does It

Stéphane Dion John KerryCanadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion stated that Canada will carry on with the former Conservative government’s contract to supply $18.5 billion worth of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
“Almost all of our allies are selling weapons to Saudi Arabia,” he stated on January 5, 2016, “It’s part of the world in which we live.”
The world in which we live, here in the West, is not the same world to which the armored vehicles will be shipped.
Mr. Dion, to be sure, is neither naive nor ignorant of certain facts. Saudi forces, in light armored vehicles, entered Bahrain on March 14, 2011 to help quash an attempt by citizens of Bahrain, as part of the Arab Spring, to attain some degree of political reform. This reform could, by extension, potentially threaten the stability and power held by the Saudi royal family.
Saudi Arabia is raising the ire of human rights groups with its involvement in the fighting in Yemen. The seemingly indiscriminate bombing by the Saudi Air Force and resulting high rate of civilian casualties coupled with the use of cluster munitions are not facts that seem to concern Stéphane Dion.
The honeymoon is over and the federal Liberals, at least in this case, are towing the former Conservative government’s line of business as usual.


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