Thursday, June 23, 2005

Just like all the others, he's expecting us to be impressed with what he's done here

Is this a sign, however tenuous, of Canadian faith in ultimate American success in Iraq? Canada signalled a renewal of diplomatic ties to Iraq yesterday with the appointment of John Holmes as ambassador to the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country. [...] Canada's embassy in Baghdad was shut down before the start of the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The appointment of a non-resident ambassador to Iraq "represents an important step in the re-establishment of Canada's diplomatic representation" in the country, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said. The move will also assist in re-establishing an embassy in Baghdad and improving delivery of Canada's $300-million program to support reconstruction and democracy in Iraq, he said. It's something, anyway. Not a lot. But something.

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