Even though it is
Carolyn Parrish, a champion of idiotic bluster if ever there was one, I'm having a hard time believing anyone could be this mind-bogglingly obtuse.
Independent MP Carolyn Parrish lashed out again at the Liberal government yesterday-- this time criticizing Defence Minister Bill Graham for sending combat troops to Afghanistan and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan for making "taunting" remarks about Canadians being potential terrorist targets.
Ms. Parrish is furious that Canadians and their politicians have not been consulted about what she calls the new role Canadian soldiers are being asked to carry out in Afghanistan, a role that includes killing, which is not the traditional job of peacekeeping. She warns there will be outrage when Canadians in uniform return home "in body bags."
Ms. Parrish, who was booted out of the Liberal caucus last year after she criticized the government of U.S. President George W. Bush as "bastards" and "idiots," also said she is interested in returning to the Liberal fold, but only if she receives a personal invitation from the prime minister that has no strings attached.
Meanwhile, the opinionated MP spoke harshly about Canada's new role in Afghanistan.
"We're sending in armed troops to kill people (in Afghanistan). This is a drastic change in direction. I don't think anybody has consulted with the Canadian public. The first time Canadian soldiers come back in body bags, you just wait for the outcry," said Ms. Parrish, who was elected as a Liberal in 1993 but has been sitting in the backbenches as an independent MP since last year.
"If this thing gets any deeper in (Afghanistan) and we get a couple of dead Canadians back, I'll vote to bring the government down the first opportunity I got."
Perhaps the member for Mississauga-Erindale didn't receive the memo, but direction of the Canadian military is not performed on the basis of popular referenda. (If it was, who knows
where we'd have troops committed at the moment?) I'm also wondering what she thought Canadian forces have been doing in Afghanistan for the past several years, because it certainly hasn't been peacekeeping in the 'hide in camp and let genocide happen outside the gates' mould. (Also, if "the first time Canadian soldiers come back in body bags" is her litmus test for voting against the government, why didn't Parrish leave caucus over the friendly-fire incident?)
No, there's no way even she could be so incredibly stupid, not unless recently suffering some kind of heretofore-unreported massive head injury. This is sounding more and more like pandering to the riding, with Parrish setting herself up for the possibility (regardless of recent indications she's been invited back into caucus) of running as an independent on the time-honoured vapid populist rabble-rouser platform. That doesn't excuse such bizarre accusations (Calling Rick Hillier "barbaric,"
while simultaneously being upset that he might not have kind words and hugs for terrorists?), though - and, in fact, if this entire line of argument is cynical political maneuvering, that's probably even more repulsive.