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.