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Canada tells Syrian Opposition No. Must Reject Extremism First
Canada told the Syrian opposition Tuesday it must reject extremism and embrace minorities before Ottawa will recognize its legitimacy as a successor to President Bashar Al-Assad, according to a federal official.
Wow. Go Canada!
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird explained Canada's preconditions for official recognition at a meeting with representatives of the opposition Syrian National Coalition in Morocco on Tuesday, the official said.

"He outlined the importance of rejecting extremism, the inclusion of minorities, and the importance of the role of women in a post-Assad era," said the official, who did not want to be named.

On Wednesday, Mr. Baird will publicly spell out those preconditions during an address before the Friends of the Syrian People meeting -- a gathering of more than 100 countries in Morocco's Marrakesh working to bolster legitimate opposition to the Assad regime.

While France, Britain, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council have already recognized the newly formed Syrian National Coalition, and President Barack Obama confirmed Tuesday the U.S. would do the same, Mr. Baird was taking a more cautious approach.
Posted by:Sherry

#4  Sorry, no swap, guys. But if you happen to pop by because of circumstances at some point... I'll leave contact info with Fred.

Lately, I am recounting my lucky stars. You see, I was in a process of applying for a green card in 2007. And then I saw this TV movie (it was made late 90's), a canuck production, about a couple going to US to smuggle out someone. The border crossing looked like East Germany--barbed wire, guards with submachine guns and trigger-happy... It scared the hell out of me. Not because of it fictional settings, but because I was starting to see trends in US political scene that I was not acknowledging before.

I decided to ICE the application for a few years to see if my impressions are baseless or not.

Unfortunately, the flick now seems prophetic. The GC app is ICEd indefinitely and I am planing to reunite with my daughter on this very Great White North soil.
Posted by: twobyfour   2012-12-12 20:31  

#3  Ever since that big maple syrup theft, Canada has been the stand-up guy on the international scene. On, King! On, you huskies!
Posted by: SteveS   2012-12-12 18:34  

#2  1 toe in the snow, that's all 'ya need. Then BOOM! landed immigrant. Looking good.
Posted by: Shipman   2012-12-12 18:02  

#1  Sure we can't swap regimes. Zero and all his clique for Harper and his buddies straight up?
Posted by: AlanC   2012-12-12 14:33