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Old 09-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #13 (permalink)
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andrew coyne wrote a good piece about this:

Andrew Coyne: What does Canada achieve with its largely symbolic snub of Iran? | Full Comment | National Post

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But if all of these are true today, they were equally true six months ago, or a year, or five years, for that matter. If they make the case for cutting off diplomatic relations now, why did they not then? What has changed in the interim? If, additionally, the government was concerned about the safety of Canadian diplomats in Tehran, why should that concern have suddenly become so urgent? Were they in any greater danger as of last week than they were in the past? If so, how?

And what, beyond spiriting our diplomats out of the country, is to be achieved by this largely symbolic snub? To be sure, symbolism counts in international relations, and if any regime merits such treatment, it is surely Iran’s. But, at both the symbolic and practical level, Iran is already the target of a far more stringent expression of international disapproval, the system of economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

The efficacy of those sanctions may be debated, as indeed may be the underlying question of whether the world can tolerate a nuclear Iran. But if you believe, as the government of Canada plainly does, that such an outcome is unthinkable, and if you believe sanctions are likely to prove inadequate to prevent it, that surely calls for more drastic measures, not less: military strikes, not withdrawing their ambassador’s credentials.
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