John Baird is irrelevant. He's a rat, too fucked-up and stupid to realize that he's on a sinking ship. He's an incompetent blowhard and an international embarrassment for Canada. More to today's point, ... his own government's cavalier response to accusations of Canadian complicity in torture render his entire condemnation of the UN and the Syrian dictatorship utterly hypocritical and irrelevant.
Wait. Did I say that his government's response to Canadian complicity in torture has been cavalier? That's incorrect. They have taken this matter very seriously. They have moved heaven and earth to prevent investigation into their war crimes in Afghanistan and they've been very thorough about covering up our complicity in the torture of our own citizens, Abdullah Almalki, Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad El Maati.
You see, that's the way it works in reality. Those three Canadian citizens were tortured in Syria, as was Maher Arar, because our government "security" services told them that they were terror suspects and they even fed the Syrian government questions to ask them while they were whipping the soles of their feet with cables. So, for a preposterous buffoon like Baird to condemn the Syrian government and the United Nations, ... well, he doesn't have the right to be taken seriously.
Let's go through the topsy-turvy world of hypocrisy and irrelevance further, shall we? Baird's irrelevant yammerings were reported in the irrelevant Globe & Mail. The Globe & Mail is irrelevant because, for all their noble rhetoric about freedom and democracy, the newspaper is a hack outlet of hypocrites. There might be (there are) good journalists writing important stories here and there, but the newspaper as a whole endorsed the thoroughly anti-democratic, lying to Parliament, harper government in the stolen 2011 election. To this very fucking day, the shameless, amoral hack John Ibbitson smears his used shit-paper onto the wall of the executive washroom to write fawning praises of this pack of criminals.
The Globe & Mail still prints on its masthead the quotation from Junius: “The subject who is truly loyal to the chief magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.” and then, will write condemnations of Air Canada workers who showed disrepect to Labour Minister Lisa Raitt (by clapping in an exaggeratedly slow and obviously mocking fashion when she walked by), and says nothing about how workers were suspended for expressing their opinion and about how Raitt herself is the epitome of arbitrary measures (using legislation to side with a private sector employer against its workforce and imposing an inferior contract upon Canada Post workers than the one the employer locked them out for not accepting earlier).
John Ibbitson and Marcus Gee can't get it through their thick skulls that they're like some idiot at a dinner table who has shit himself and is making efforts of sophisticated conversation, oblivious to the fact that everyone else is overwhelmed with the stench and regarding them with disgust and contempt. Canada, meanwhile, is so sick a society that we're like a dinner party that's unable to remove the obviously befouled cretin who is yammering away at their place at the table as if all is right with the world!
Anyhow, back to the irrelevant Baird and his babbling about Syria. Syria is a shit-hole dictatorship that even tortures its own children. But Canada and the USA made use of its torture chambers (which the Syrians provided in a vain attempt to curry favour with Western imperialists). The United Nations is, very often, a hideous, hypocritical institution, where many of the world's despotic governments get to have paying gigs for their national elites on various committees and agencies, the bill for which is paid largely by the wealthiest members of the international community. It is indeed a joke that its human rights committee is staffed by representatives from Colombia (the country that kills more trade unionists every year than any other) and Kazakhstan. It's also a joke that the United States is represented on this committee, given its own adherence to the use of torture, arbitrary imprisonment and its multiple attacks on freedom of speech.
Baird is enraged at Russia and China for using their votes on the UN Security Council to block UN action against the Syrian government. At present, the Syrian government is under attack from mercenaries armed and trained and paid by the US government and its allies. The US government is not attacking Syria's dictatorship out of a feeling of repugnance against its torturing and its suppression of democracy. During the so-called "Arab Spring" the US has provided enormous support to the dictatorships in Yemen and Bahrain, as well as continued support to its abominations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The USA is going after Syria's Assad for the same reason it went after Libya's Qaddafi; because they retain some nominal independence. The US political elite is entirely insane and even though their intended puppet-allies in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned into bloody nightmares, requiring US troops to die protecting uncertain allies, these psychopaths imagine that Libya and Syria will turn out differently.
The entire world community is almost completely insane. Russia and China are governed by corrupt, autocratic governments. They're protecting Assad only to preserve a chess piece against the USA's increasingly desperate attempts to dominate the chess board.
Baird's stupid outbursts mean as much to the leaders of Russia and China as the yapping of a papillon through the front window of a house as you walk past on the sidewalk.Baird's an irrelevant hypocrite. The USA is a hypocrisy. The UN is a hypocrisy. Russia and China are hypocrisies. The Assad dictatorship is disgusting. His mercenary opponents are disgusting. The war in Afghanistan is disgusting. It's all disgusting.