12 October 2010

Hey... what's a little blackmail...

...between friends...

Throughout its deployment in Afghanistan, Canada has relied on Camp Mirage in the UAE as a stopover on the way to and from Kandahar and Kabul. But the UAE put an end to that arrangement after failing to secure dozens of new landing slots in Canada for Dubai-based Emirates airline and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

Canadian officials were shocked when Mr. MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff General Walt Natynczyk were told that they could not land at Camp Mirage or even fly over the UAE.
I've got an idea... let's ask a former Liberal Defense Minister what he'd do in this situation.
“The Harper government should make a high-level, last-ditch attempt to persuade UAE to accept a six-month cooling-off period, with a Canadian commitment to treat UAE with respect, for a change, and to negotiate reciprocal airline landing rights in good faith,” Liberal MP John McCallum said.
The Liberal Party of Canada... bending over and grabbing their ankles yet again.

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RELATED: The first thing we do...

...is break out the breathalyzer...
"In a bizarre, rambling interview this afternoon, Michael Ignatieff's Finance Critic John McCallum openly accused the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces of committing war crimes in Afghanistan."
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"Remember also, the three countries that recognized the Taliban's 1996-2001 "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" were Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE."


5 comments:

bullpup said...

Yeah Liberal MP John McCallum, why not set a precedent for the rest of the world, Canada can be blackmailed. McCallum sober the FUQ up. Good on the PM, stand your ground. That's what I respect.

Pissedoff said...

How about we just ban all landing of UAE aircraft in Canada and shut the borders to their peoples.

Problem is this won't happen with this bunch, they are more likely to do what the liberals would.

Neo Conservative said...

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hey... mccallum's sort of an expert on airline stuff.

remember when air canada wouldn't let him board his flight... because he was falling down drunk?

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jwkozak91 said...

The UAE has decided that they'll lean towards the Taliban cuz' sittin' on the fence is getting painful - Dubai's probably where their "donations" get funneled to.

Remember also, the three countries that recognized the Taliban's 1996-2001 "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" were Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Neo Conservative said...

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"jwkozak91 says... Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE."

yup... i'm shocked.

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