Canuckistani Conservative Party Defence Minister Peter MacKay arrived with General Rick Hillier (aka General Hell-YA!) in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to spend Christmas with the Canadian troops fighting terrorists there. Let me repeat that for all the people who have told me that, as a Canadian, I don’t have a dog in the fight against terrorism: He arrived in the Mideast to SPEND. CHRISTMAS. WITH. THE. CANADIAN. TROOPS. FIGHTING. TERRORISTS.
Got it? Good.
While in town, Petey fragged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s argument that terrorism is decreasing because of Iranian actions. (Forget the fact that even Democratic war critic John Murtha agrees that Bush’s troop surge is working — Ahmadinejad argued that Iraq violence has decreased because IRAN is stopping the violence. Maybe if they weren’t there messing around in the first place, they wouldn’t have to stop anything?)
Now poor Mahmoud has us warmongering Canadians picking on him, too. According to MacKay:
“We’re very concerned that weapons are coming in from Iran, we’re very concerned these weapons are going to the insurgents and keeping this issue alive.”
And apparently Mahmoud doesn’t even have control over his own government, as the article cites NATO officials as saying that the Iranian cooperation with the Taliban doesn’t flow from the government as a whole, but rather from groups within the government.
Too bad GW Bush and MacKay aren’t over there in the Mideast at the same time. Both are known for their rugby skills. MacKay used to play pickup rugby on Parliament Hill during his days on the opposition benches. I bet that together they could make short work of Mahmoud on the field — then celebrate with a pint in the clubhouse afterwards. That’s my kind of diplomacy.