From the CBC: "Baird invited to 'make or break' meeting on Syria at Davos"
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include his Iranian counterpart.There's a lot of quotes from third-party foreign affairs critic Marc Garneau (nothing from the official opposition strangely) saying that Baird must go or it's an abdication of Canada's responsibilities in the world.
Norway is hosting the meeting, billed as a 'make-or-break' discussion, on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday.
Invitees include senior political figures from Iraq, Jordan, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and the League of Arab States.
A copy of an internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press, stamped "strictly confidential," says that half the Syrian population — some 9.5 million people — have been forced from their homes.
The internal violence that erupted in Syria in March 2011 has left an estimated 220,000 dead.
I suppose it's good tactics to insist that Baird go or he's irresponsibly ignoring an opportunity for peace. But it's also pretty clear that sending a racist buffoon like Baird to such a serious discussion is worse than a waste of time. At least the scum-bags from France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest, have the potential to take this issue seriously. You know, the Saudis might say; "This might just blow-up in our faces. Maybe we should stop supporting these maniacs." (It's doubtful, but you never know.)
"A Complete Waste of Time" - - - That about sums up Baird's whole existence.