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    Looks like from here on out, when people talk about truth, justice, and the American way they'll mean Canada:

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ca...648/story.html

    Canada will boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are “shameful.”

    Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, but officials signal he and other members of the Canadian delegation will vacate the Canadian seats when the Islamic republic’s president approaches the podium.

    Walking out of the chamber is seen as a strong diplomatic show of disgust at the UN — and since the chamber is generally packed on the first day of the annual summit, Canada’s empty seats will not go unnoticed.

    Jesus, between France kicking Somali Pirate ass, and Canada taking a principled stand that it doesn't really have to while our new President runs around surrendering to every third-rate dictator he can find I just don't know what to think any more.

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    Wow, a compliment to Canada. I wonder what that Greg Gutfeld asshole (on that Fox redeye show) will say now???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Looks like from here on out, when people talk about truth, justice, and the American way they'll mean Canada:

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ca...648/story.html




    Jesus, between France kicking Somali Pirate ass, and Canada taking a principled stand that it doesn't really have to while our new President runs around surrendering to every third-rate dictator he can find I just don't know what to think any more.
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    Not typically our style, but i have no problem with this at all.

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    Well sonovabitch, The US grew a spine and walked out too, with ten others.

    The eleven, according to a European source: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and the United States
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    Can't find anything about all the countries walking out - do you have a link??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschman View Post
    Can't find anything about all the countries walking out - do you have a link??

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/700198

    Libya rants, Iran roars, Canada walks out at UN

    Sep 24, 2009 04:30 AM
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    UNITED NATIONS–The day began with U.S. President Barack Obama promising a new era of global engagement. Then Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stepped up to tell the world swine flu might be a plot by drug companies.

    Finally, firebrand Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a furious diatribe condemning capitalism and Israel. Canada and other nations stood up and walked out in protest.

    His remarks capped a surreal day that saw a parade of 32 world leaders address the launch of the 64th UN General Assembly, including those of China, Britain, France, Russia and Brazil.

    As pressure mounts over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, Ahmadinejad used the platform of the UN summit to push back.

    He cited the global recession as evidence "the engine of unbridled capitalism has reached the end of the road" and said corrupted institutions like the UN are "incapable" of reform.

    He railed against Israeli injustice in the Palestinian territories.

    Speaking calmly, and at times contradictorily, the Iranian leader used glowing terms to describe the violence-marred vote that returned him to power this year, calling it a "glorious and fully democratic election."

    And he ended, 35 minutes later, on an uncharacteristically upbeat note, vowing that despite all grievances, Iran was ready and "prepared to warmly shake hands with those extended to us."

    Canada's hands, in particular, were nowhere in sight. As Ahmadinejad took the stage, a senior government minister subbing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper stormed out in a gesture of political outrage.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, standing in for Harper as nearly 100 world leaders gathered to hear Obama map out a new era of global engagement, signalled his intent to shun the controversial Iranian president hours before the fact.

    "This is the strongest form of vigorously denouncing Iran for its violation of human rights, denouncing Iran for its non-respect of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, denouncing Iran because ultimately they don't recognize there was a Holocaust," Cannon told the Toronto Star on the steps of the UN's headquarters in New York.

    Canada was joined in its boycott by the Israeli delegation. Deeper into the speech, the U.S. delegates also walked away. And by the end, barely half of the General Assembly hall was occupied, although many delegations made no attempt to attend.

    The mood was welcoming for the most part, with many leaders congratulating Obama for a keynote speech that signalled the awakening U.S. interest in finding collective solutions for the world's most urgent issues.

    "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone," Obama told a packed UN General Assembly hall. "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

    He said "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism" that swept the globe while George W. Bush was in office is not "an excuse for collective inaction.

    "Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions."

    But the day had its mercurial moments as well, most memorably a marathon rant by Gadhafi that stretched 95 minutes – more than six times his apportioned time.

    Gadhafi, in his first-ever visit to New York, directed most of his fury at the UN Security Council's power structure. But his conspiratorial rhetoric included bizarre asides, including suggestions that "swine flu" may be an evil plot by pharmaceutical makers and the assassination of John F. Kennedy might have been the work of Israeli agents.

    Cannon told the Star he was conducting a bilateral meeting at the time and thus did not attend Gadhafi's speech – sparing himself the need to decide whether it was worthy of a walkout.

    "If you look at President Obama's speech today and focus more on that than Mr. Gadhafi's speech," the day was a resounding success, he said. "(Obama's) call to action where everyone should renew, as he said, the United Nations and get back on track – that in itself was a very strong, positive message."

    In Oakville yesterday, Harper defended the Canadian boycott, citing Ahmadinejad's "absolutely repugnant" comments on the Holocaust and Israel.

    "There are times when things are being said in this world that it is important that countries that have a moral compass stand up, make their views known," Harper said. "Our absence will speak volumes about how Canada feels about the declarations of President Ahmadinejad."

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    US, France walk out during Ahmadinejad's UN speech
    September 24, 2009 - 10:44AM

    France on Wednesday led a walkout of a dozen delegations, including the United States, to protest a fiery speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UN General Assembly.

    "It is disappointing that Mr Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive and anti-Semitic rhetoric," Mark Kornblau, spokesman to the US mission to the United Nations, said in a statement.

    Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States left the room as Ahmadinejad began to rail against Israel, a European source said.

    Israel had already called for a boycott of the speech, and was not present when the Iranian leader began his address. Canada had already said it would heed the boycott call.

    In his address, Ahmadinejad again took aim at Israel without mentioning the country or Jews by name, referring only to the "Zionist regime."

    The firebrand leader, re-elected in disputed June elections, accused Israel of "inhumane policies in Palestine."

    "How can the crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children... be supported unconditionally by certain governments," Ahmadinejad asked.

    "And at the same time, the oppressed men and women be subject to genocide and heaviest economic blockade being denied their basic needs, food, water and medicine?"

    A French diplomat told AFP the Iranian leader's speech was "unacceptable," adding that European delegations had co-ordinated their action in advance if they found parts of the address unpalatable.

    Suggesting there was a Jewish conspiracy, Ahmadinejad added: "It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks."

    And he accused Jews of seeking to "establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the US, to attain its racist ambitions."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Looks like from here on out, when people talk about truth, justice, and the American way they'll mean Canada:


    Good point. This country could learn a thing or two from Canada.







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    Take off, eh?

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    The whole thing is a fucking circus, complete with an actual tent. And they want to strengthen the world court and it's power. Insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal1800 View Post
    The whole thing is a fucking circus, complete with an actual tent. And they want to strengthen the world court and it's power. Insane.
    Dude, it's fucking Moammar. Why haven't we capped his ass yet? Him and his stupid ass tent. I wish Reagan was around to see this. Out.
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    Good point. This country could learn a thing or two from Canada.
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    I was disappinted by the size of the walkout. I thought that most of the world would turn its back on him, but relatively few did. Nevertheless it was a slap in the face to a fool who actually believes himself to be a exceptionally savvy to the machinations of international diplomacy.

    Having said that I am very much in favour of the summit that is to be held in October with the US and co. Policy towards our Mahmoud needs to be multi-faceted. Slap him with one hand and pull up a chair for him with the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristotle View Post
    ..Slap him with one hand and pull up a chair for him with the other.
    I'd be more inclined to slap him w/ one hand and pulll a chair out from under him w/ the other.
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