For your consideration: Three items of hypocrisy from the government of Canada all occurring in the past three weeks.
Item #1: Organ donation = good. Gay organ donation = bad.
According to the CBC, Canada’s Conservative government changed a federal government policy in order to forbid homosexuals from donating organs. The catch? There’s four of them:
a) The government of Canada neglected to tell key groups and medical professionals involved in minor, unrelated fields — fields such as organ donation — that the organ donation laws had been changed.
b) The government of Canada is still willing to accept homosexual women’s healthy organs, just not homosexual men’s healthy organs.
c) The government of Canada is still willing to accept homosexual men’s healthy organs provided they abstain from homosexual activity for a period of 5 years (although our gay brothers can take solace from the fact that, presumably, the government has no problem with them engaging in ‘relations’ with women during said five year period).
d) The government of Canada is still willing to accept without question wildly promiscuous heterosexual men and women’s organs as well as the organs of heterosexual couples who engage in anal sex.
Item #2: Canada opts out of UN global anti-racism conference because… racism will be discussed.
The government of Canada just announced that it will not be attending the annual UN global anti-racism conference because one possible topic will be: anti-Arab racism and specifically anti-Arab racism in Israel.
The catch? Talking about the racism of our enemies towards us and our allies is fine and good and worthwhile. Talking about the racism of our allies towards our enemies is beyond the pale, a waste of time and, to quote a government official, a “gong show”. Incidentally, the government isn’t alone on this front. Former Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler aptly summed up the party line of both major parties in Canada when he said last year, with a straight face and unquestioned by the mainstream media that:
“the most virulent of hatreds [is] namely, anti-Semitism.” (source)
Thus, hatred isn’t all equal. Hatred towards our allies is the “most virulent of hatreds” while hatred of our enemies is somehow less “virulent” or horrendous.
Or perhaps we’re just reading too much into this. Perhaps all hatreds are equal but some are just more equal than others?
Item #3: Canada says threatening the world with nuclear weapons is unacceptable…. except when we do it.
Last April, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated publicly and unequivocally that given “the kind of values it [Iran] stands for… I think our allies have a completely legitimate case in being concerned about a regime like that gaining access to nuclear weapons.” (source)
Seems reasonable. The government of Canada would never support an offensive, bellicose regime having nuclear weapons. It’s true that our allies may have nuclear weapons, but they would never be offensive or bellicose with them nor would they threaten to use them except, as has been official policy since the end of the Cold War, in retaliation against a nuclear attack.
It turns out that an official NATO panel consisting of highest-level representatives from our nuclear-equipped allies (representatives including Britain’s former Chief of Staff Field Marshal the Lord Inge and the United States’ former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili) have just released a NATO policy document advocating a more aggressive, bellicose and offensive nuclear weapons stances for NATO. This policy document includes reversing long-standing NATO policy and advocating in favour of first-strike, pre-emptive nuclear strategies for NATO. The dossier also advocates “the use of force without UN security council authorisation” under some circumstances (source, source, source)
Just as an aside, if a panel of Iran’s highest officials and generals just advocated Iran adopt such a position towards us, how do you suppose the North American media would react? Do suppose maps would still bother depicting a chunk of land called “Iran” located in between Iraq and Afghanistan?