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Opposition warns PM over Iraq flip-flop

OTTAWA—Parliament's opposition parties served warning to Prime Minister Paul Martin that any decision to send Canadian troops to Iraq could have profound — and dire — consequences for his minority government.
Opposition warns PM over Iraq 'flip-flop'
Martin 'is going to pay a severe political price,' Harper says


SEAN GORDON
OTTAWA BUREAU - Toronto Star (Feb 6, 2005)

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OTTAWA—Parliament's opposition parties served warning to Prime Minister Paul Martin that any decision to send Canadian troops to Iraq could have profound — and dire — consequences for his minority government.

The Toronto Star reported yesterday that Ottawa is expecting U.S. officials to request a troop commitment in aid of post-war reconstruction when Martin attends a NATO summit in Belgium on Feb. 22. The troops would train Iraqi soldiers.

No decision has yet been made, but Martin is said to be giving the idea serious consideration.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, who has previously stated Canada should stand with its closest allies in the Iraq conflict, lashed out at the Liberal government and said the decision would come at a heavy price. "I sat through an election campaign where the Prime Minister accused me of having secret plans to send troops to Iraq. If it turns out he has secret plans, this has to be one of the biggest election deceptions in history," Harper told reporters.

He added "if the Prime Minister is planning this kind of a flip-flop, he is going to pay a severe political price for it in Parliament."

NDP Leader Jack Layton said Canadians will never support sending troops to Iraq and that it should be up to the United States "to do what's required following their military action."

"This was an invasion Canadians opposed, and to go in at this point, aside from being very dangerous for our troops, would be a reversal of the position Canada has had. We would lose some of the stature as an independent voice for peace globally," he said.

A spokesperson for Martin said the government hasn't received any requests for troops, but acknowledged "we expect the reconstruction, democratic development and future of Iraq to be among the issues discussed at NATO," Scott Reid said.

"Canada was asked by the Bush government to send troops into Iraq nearly two years ago and we declined. That remains the government of Canada's position," said Reid, Martin's director of communications.

The Bloc Québécois provided no public reaction, but officials were privately skeptical of the idea, which they said would scupper the Liberals' chances to gain ground in Quebec.

And because a commitment to sending soldiers to the NATO training contingent in Iraq would coincide with the federal budget, the pressure could continue to build on the minority government.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe has said publicly his party would vote to topple the government if the Feb. 23 budget does not address his party's priorities.


Layton noted that Martin pledged during the negotiations over last fall's throne speech to seek approval from the House of Commons before committing troops abroad. "Let's hope that we're not seeing another violation of another promise by the Prime Minister on the democratic deficit," he said, adding Martin campaigned on a promise not to send troops to Iraq.

If Canada heeds the request, an estimated 40 soldiers could be sent to join the contingent of 300 NATO troops presently helping to train the Iraqi military. Canada sent 20 police officers to Jordan last year as part of a two-year commitment to train more than 30,000 Iraqi police.

The U.S. currently has 150,000 troops in the region, and hopes to scale that back to 135,000 in the coming weeks.

At least 1,447 American soldiers have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Thousands of Iraqis have also been killed with soldiers and police being prime targets of insurgents.

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Saddam will soon become free and take over of Iraq again? 06.Feb.2005 09:40

Shohreh watch 24 fox 12 monday?

Howdy, partner, it's your old friend George W. here in Washington , D.C.



I thought I would write with the hope of learning you are being treated well in your undisclosed location. I see you have a new haircut and are getting a bit grayer; so am I.



Sorry about the Uday and Qusay misunderstanding. Like they said in The Godfather (which I know is your favorite movie), "it's business, not personal." I hope both your sons made it to paradise and found their 72 virgins. As a devoted father, you have to be happy about that! Perhaps they'll find multiple wives and settle down in paradise, and "I hope their first child is a masculine child."



It was a good year for me. You'll be quite proud to hear that I managed to steal another election! My brother, Jeb, came through once again in Florida , and Diebold rigged the Ohio vote count.



Kerry would have driven you crazy with his flip-flopping, and his wife is a "major league" pain in the butt - "big time".



Can you imagine dealing with Kerry? "Saddam, you were with us before you were against us." And his wife might just tell you to go "shove it".


You're lucky you didn't have to deal with all this election nonsense when you were in power in Iraq. Your treachery and deception were pure, and you didn't have that idiot Michael Moore chasing you around, getting these morons all riled up and making a fortune doing it. You would have thrown the dope into Abu Ghraib. Hmm, now there's a thought...



Pretty cool, though, what we did at Abu Ghraib, huh? I bet you're disappointed your sons missed the fun with the red panties, whips, chains, dog leashes and hoods. That Lyndie England is one mean chick; bet she'd have made a perfect mate for your son, Uday, but I doubt she was a virgin. Oh, well, c'est la guerre.



Anyway, I know it's short notice, but I'm writing to invite you to my inauguration on January 20th. Do you think you can make it? Please come; you can even ride with Laura and me in the presidential limousine as we travel down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also stand beside us while I take my oath of office.



I must warn you that there may be demonstrations, but you were great at putting them down in Iraq; perhaps you can give me some ideas? If you have any WMDs left over from the ones we supplied you in the '80s, can you bring some along?



Great party afterwards! The usual $250,000 fee - well, it's on me!



Hope you will accept my sincere invitation and that we can be friends again, just like we were in the 1980s.



However, I have just one small favor to ask:



Please, I beg you, take your damn country back, and get me the hell out of this mess!



On January 30th, those crazy Shia are likely to elect an "Ayatollah" allied with Iran . I don't have enough time to make my brother Jeb the Governor of Iraq so he can fix the election, and Diebold machines only work with electricity. (Billions of dollars, and those Halliburton idiots can't get the lights to work, or even screw in a light bulb, for that matter.) I'm desperate and I know now, like in the movie, I can only come to you for justice, Godfather - I mean, "Allah-Father".



These whiny liberals here are going to crucify me. By January 30th, nearly 1,400 Americans will be dead and over 10,000 wounded, so we can legitimately elect a government aligned with Iran and will possess the largest combined oil reserves in the world. You can't make this stuff up, Saddam, my dear friend.



All my lies, all the deception, all the money and blood wasted, just so we can have in power an Islamic theocracy that hates us even more than you hated us. We were together, fighting precisely this phenomenon, when we supplied you with the WMDs to defeat Islamic fundamentalism in the '80s, only to destroy the WMDs in the '90s, so the radical Islamics can now be elected legitimately in 2005. Now there's a flip-flop that would confuse even John Kerry.



Saddam, my friend, we cannot allow this to happen: we owe it to the good folks of "liberated" and "pacified" Fallujah.



Therefore, I have signed a decree that releases you immediately from prison, grants full amnesty and bestows honorary US citizenship on you as well. Ditto for the members of the Republican Guard. (I must admit I always did love the name Republican Guard; sounds much tougher than Democrat Guard).



Speaking of the Guard, I've instructed our National Guard troops stationed in Iraq to erect a new statue of you in Fardus Square, bigger and better than the one that they (not the Iraqi people) toppled in 2003. Problem is our National Guard troops are so old, paunchy and battle-weary that they may not be up to the task. Do you think we can borrow a few of your "remnants" to do some heavy lifting?



I've instructed Karl Rove to be your campaign manager, so together we can steal the January 30th Iraqi elections, get you back in power and get me the hell out of this mess. My "brain" Karl has already begun to work and has come up with some creative slogans for your campaign. Check these out and let me know what you think:



"Saddam Hussein: Four More Decades"

"Tyranny Beats Anarchy"

"Yes to Fears, No to Queers"

"Vote Baath or Get Hosed "

"Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman... or a Goat"

"Shias will Export Jobs to Iran "

"OJ Killed More Americans than I Did on 9/11"



and my personal favorite



"Are You Better off Today Than You Were Four Years Ago?"



Saddam, hopefully you will accept my invitation to the inauguration. I know we can be friends again, just like we were when Don Rumsfeld paid you a visit back in 1983. I'm sure you will be busy with the campaign, so I do understand if you can't attend. Perhaps we'll see you at Camp David in the spring?



The campaign will be tough, "but when the going gets tough, the tough get going." So get going, and welcome back, Saddam!


No whrere to run 06.Feb.2005 09:54

John

This would not be good for those troops seeking asylum in Canada from the US military policy. There are a number of cases pending of troops who have already refused to go.

sigh...

kkkanada already there 06.Feb.2005 16:27

Ytzhak

kkkanada already has interset in iraq. they make the bullets for u.s. army and the kkkanada police force trains the iraqi police. also, many mecenaries/"security experts" are from kkkanada.

 http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/11/33371.php



Canadian Bullets, Dead Iraqis
 http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/09/30644.php

victortia "local hero"/security expert killed in iraq:
 http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/23817_comment.php#23832