Saturday, August 05, 2006

Harper has 2nd thoughts

Turns out that being George W's punk isn't as much fun as PM Steve thought it would be. Calling Israel's over the top response to Hezbollah "measured" and generally parroting BushCo's line has resulted in protests everywhere he goes, and probably more importantly to Harper, a significant drop in the polls in Quebec. (Quebec support is mandatory to win a majority government in the next election.) So PMS is backtracking just a little, saying the remarks he made 3 weeks ago don't apply to the current situation.

It's not exactly an appropriately harsh criticism of Israel, but at least it's a move in the right direction. Although it'd be hard not to concede that 900 dead Lebanese civilians might be a bit of an over-reaction on Israel's part. In the last month it's become pretty obvious that Israel intends to turn Lebanon into a giant kitty-litter tray, and only a numbskull of the magnitude of George W Bush would call this a "measured" response to 2 kidnappings. So Steve is finally asserting a little independence from George W ("little" is the key word).

Now, if we could just get him to stop that "God Bless Canada" routine at the end of his speeches, I'd be happy. Okay, not happy, but my Outrage-o-meter would register a slight drop.