October 08, 2004

Mr. Blair


This is what a leader does.

The Sudanese government yesterday accepted an ultimatum from Tony Blair to clean up its act in Darfur or face the wrath of the international community.

In face-to-face talks in Khartoum, Mr Blair spelt out five key demands, including the acceptance of a force of several thousand African Union soldiers, which he warned Sudan must meet. Downing Street aides later said that the Sudanese president, Omar Al-Bashir, had assured Mr Blair that they accepted his conditions.

But Mr Blair said it was not good enough for Sudan to say that it would comply - it had to prove its good intentions by actions.

Demands. Not negotiations. Not entreaties. Not warnings to meet to discuss a vote to consider a threat to level multilateral sanctions.


I voted for this man. Twice. I will do so again. And this is why.

In contrast we find Canada's Prime Minister. Weak. Feeble. A man who delivers a whining sermon to an empty United Nations chamber as Europeans - Europeans - meets to sneer at his irrelevance. Canadian "soft power" is exactly as described. Limp. Flacid. Impotent. When Mr. Blair's well deserved reputation for strength and resolve convinces the Sudanese dictatorship to amend its ways or face the consequences he will have saved countless lives. Canadians are a free people and have a responsibility to those numberless millions who are not. We cannot continue as we have done. We must do better.

And then... In related news, I am posting updates regarding HMCS Chicoutimi to my post of October 6.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 8, 2004 08:59 AM
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Tracked on October 9, 2004 09:40 AM

"Canadians are a free people and have a responsibility to those numberless millions who are not. We cannot continue as we have done. We must do better."

Entirely correct. Hail!

Posted by: Alan at October 8, 2004 12:37 PM

Umm... is it just me or does "Hail!" have some twitchy connotations?

Posted by: Flea at October 8, 2004 01:14 PM

I was trying to think of the latin salutation. Wuzzup with hail? Hail, victorious leader! Nuttin wrang wit dat.

Posted by: Alan at October 8, 2004 09:51 PM


Posted by: Flea at October 8, 2004 10:03 PM

Is "Vale" - as in valedictorian - what a good Roman would shout on a departure? I had it in my head that it was and that there was an equivalent on arrival that was related to salutory or salute like "salve". My one year of latin was in 1984-85 so I beg forgiveness for my dim-wittedness.

Posted by: Alan at October 9, 2004 09:17 AM

"Salve" works for "hello" and it is a word that can be enunciated as energetically as the situation demands. And as vale becomes valedictorian so salve becomes salute or salutation.

"Ave" also works for hail (think "Ave Maria") though, perhaps confusingly, it also means farewell.

Posted by: Flea at October 9, 2004 11:53 AM

So that actually stayed in the grey cells despite 20 years of gin soaking. Amazing.

Posted by: Alan at October 9, 2004 12:46 PM
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