Prime Minister Trudeau based himself on sound principles when he condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine. But his statement opposing occupation, defending sovereignty and referencing international law, showed how willing he is to invoke these principles when it suits him, while ignoring the same principles when it doesn’t. Read more....
On February 24th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine:
“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
The Prime Minister’s statement follows up an earlier decision to send arms to Ukraine to defend itself. The Canadian arms shipment included machine guns, hand pistols, carbines and ammunition. “It’s important for Canadians and the world to know that Canada will continue supporting Ukraine and its independence, integrity, sovereignty — including its right to defend itself.”, said Prime Minister Trudeau.
However, some critics have pointed out that Trudeau’s decision may be more driven by domestic politics, considering over 1.4 million Canadians of Ukrainian origin, rather than a firm principled commitment to “independence, integrity and sovereignty”.
Others openly mocked Trudeau. “If the Canadian government really cared about fighting illegal occupation and annexation of land, as it’s now claiming to, it would send weapons to Hamas” tweeted Davide Mastracci.
Mastracci’s tweet was bitingly satiric because it shone a bright light on Trudeau’s hypocrisy. Absolutely committed to human rights, democracy, territorial sovereignty, international law, etc. etc, when it comes to Ukraine, but completely absent when it comes to the rights of the Palestinians, notwithstanding oodles of international law.
What about Hamas? – Invitation to OFIP Webinar, March 9th 2022
Hamas is the ultimate boogeyman for the Canadian and other Western governments. Unlike its counterpart in Palestinian Authority, Hamas vigorously defends Palestinian territorial sovereignty and the right to return, promised by international law.
Canada calls Hamas a “terrorist” organization (which, ironically is what Putin is calling Ukrainian nationalists today).
But Hamas is a Palestinian political party with a published program and enjoys a wide following. Learn more about Hamas.
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