Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canada Will Walk Out of Ahmadinejad’s UN Speech (UPDATED)

Canada’s delegation to the UN General Assembly will walk out on Iran’s Holocaust-denying puppet president Ahmadinejad today.

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly's annual debate, but officials signal he and other members of the Canadian delegation will vacate the Canadian seats when the Islamic republic's President approaches the podium.

Walking out of the chamber is seen as a strong diplomatic show of disgust at the UN -- and since the chamber is generally packed on the first day of the annual summit, Canada's empty seats will not go unnoticed. . . .

"President Ahmadinejad's repeated denial of the Holocaust and his anti-Israel comments run counter to the values of the UN General Assembly, and they're shameful," said one Canadian official.

Good on them! If only Obama and his U. S. delegation were that principled.

UPDATE: It turns out the delegations of eleven nations walked out -- Argentina, Australia, the UK, Costa Rica, Denmark, France(!), Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and, yes, the United States. Good on them.

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