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  •  To understand this action (5+ / 0-)

    you need to understand the Canadian Prime Minister and his junta, er, governing party -- somewhere to the right of Dick Cheney.

    If anyone had a forewarning of war, it would not be Ottawa, and there are no specifically Canadian grievances with Iran. It is an ideologically driven effort to ramp up tensions.

    The right want that tension now, not necessarily a war, because it feeds into the US election. It would allow Mr. Romney to out-Israel and out-hawk the President (something he's been unable to do vis a vis the guy who bombed Libya and nailed bin Laden), who would be trying his best to cool those tensions and avoid a war.

    That's the trap the Right are trying to set, as I see it

    If the President acts responsibly, they will accuse him of disloyalty to Israel and of being soft on Islamists. If it leads to war, they will accuse him of recklessness.

    Mr. Harper, the Canadian PM, is doing his part in this game, and I do hope that the President remembers that if he makes another trip to Canada. Mr. Harper is his committed enemy.

    •  Good comment. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  There are numerous Canadian - Iranian issues (1+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus

      Which I know from my deep research of reading the two articles linked in the diary and in the comments.

      •  There have been over the years, yes. (5+ / 0-)

        If there is anything pressing, other than the fact that various government ministers have been on the circuit vilifying Iran for several weeks, it has escaped my notice.

        In other words, this is a coldly political move for which Mr. Harper has been preparing the country for some time, not an indignant response to a grievous wrong.

        Disclosure. I'm US ex-pat, veteran and Democrat living in Toronto, having lived in Quebec and British Columbia. I know a right-wing asshole when I see one, and Mr. Harper is one.

        •  There's a civil war in Syria (1+ / 0-)
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          If there is anything pressing, other than the fact that various government ministers have been on the circuit vilifying Iran for several weeks, it has escaped my notice.
          •  several parallel motives then (0+ / 0-)

            and anticipating and or planning a more active role in Syria and backlash in Iran.

            In a post Assad Syria,who are the new foreign influences, and do they destabilize the region?

            Iran has sent people for the rebels, is Canada going anticipating that as a problem for Canadians, is Canada going to do Something Unilaterally or push for NATO participation..and  on the same side in Syria.

            Longer term is a weakened Syria going to be an easier airspace for an Israeli-Whoever attack?

            Would a newer or Assad regime be more likely to 'allow' a fly over by Israel?

            Would Assad 'make a deal?'

            destabilized...

            and I am recalling that Israel struck that facility in Syria back a few years ago...when Syria was functioning.
            I need a nap...I mean a map.

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 12:01:51 PM PDT

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    •  Just ignore everything else and buy my CT. (0+ / 0-)

      Where are we, now that we need us most?

      by Frank Knarf on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 12:52:42 PM PDT

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