Harper ForMin John Baird doesn't like ambiguity. When it comes to foreign affairs he views the world as black or white. No time for trifling shades of grey. You're either a good country or a bad country and nothing in between.
In a wide-ranging end-of-year interview with Postmedia News on Friday,
Baird said the federal government won’t tolerate excuses for those who
engage in terrorist activities, and that Canada will continue supporting
right over wrong.
He also offered no apologies for actions such
as supporting Israel, condemning Iran or criticizing the United Nations —
even if it means an added danger to Canadians travelling abroad with
Maple Leafs on their backpacks.
“We cannot be afraid to take difficult decisions for fear of consequences,” Baird said.
Baird has a predictably infantile view of the world, failing to recognize that his world construct of black and white rarely reflects reality and even less often generates effective results.
Condemning one country's wrongdoings and absolving the other's similar excesses is not a viable approach to dispute resolution but it is the only approach tolerated by the Harper government.