Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Wrzesnewskyj's Resignation

Wrzesnewskyj resigned!

About that, I have no complaints.

To be fair, I don't find all of his views completely abhorrent. On the one hand, I certainly believe that Hezbollah should be on the list of terrorist organizations, and I do support Israel's right to defend itself. And while I might find the force used somewhat disproportionate (and only somewhat), the notion that Israel, a truly democratic state with major judicial overview, has been acting as a state terrorist? Ludicrous.

Hezbollah is, however, a force to be reckoned with in Lebanon. Does that mean necessarily that the Canadian government ought to negotiate with it? Probably not. But in any event, he had his views, and he wasn't ridiculous to express them.

He was, however, incorrect to express them, given the views of most Liberals, and the already fractuous state of the party on this issue. With such a deeply divided caucus, it is not the position of the associate critic for foreign affairs to be on the most extreme wing of the party. As a backbencher, I have no problems with him expressing extreme views. As a critic with a responsibility to the party and acting as a representative of the party, his comments have been unacceptable.


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