OTTAWA (CP) - Canada is calling for a ceasefire in the Mideast conflict - provided the right conditions are in place.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay says that means Hezbollah must end its missile attacks on Israel, and Iran and Syria must end their support for Hezbollah aggression.
McKay's comments mirror the one's made by Bush yesterday. Canada's role, if you can call it that, is simply to puppet the American argument and hope that singing in tune will give it more weight internationally. That's it, nothing more to see, nada. Even the British, Amercia's staunchest ally has found occasion to differ with the American position, but not Canada.
Canada is giving Israel free reign to expand the offensive. Canada is sanctioning the further destruction of Lebanon by not calling for an immediate ceasefire. Canada is telling the world that we aren't capable of independent positions. Canada is irrelevant to the equation. Period.
The EU breaks with Canada and demonstrates pragmatism:
In Brussels, meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers called on Israel and Hezbollah to agree to an "immediate cessation of hostilities" followed by international efforts to get agreement on a sustainable ceasefire.
The 25 EU ministers agreed to call for an urgent halt to the fighting, effective immediately. Britain, Germany and others initially were against such a call.
At the EU meeting, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said all ministers agreed to call "for an immediate cessation of hostilities to be followed by a sustainable ceasefire."
Meanwhile, the birds chirp in Ottawa.