Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canada leads, but...

...will enough others follow?

In one of the most appropriate public reactions to the conduct of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Canadian Foreign Ministry has announced a boycott of the U.N. General Assembly speech by the President of Iran.
...saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are “shameful.”

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, but officials signal he and other members of the Canadian delegation will vacate the Canadian seats when the Islamic republic’s president approaches the podium.
In fairness, the German Foreign Ministry has asked European nations to walk out "if Ahmadinejad again denies the Holocaust, or makes anti-Semitic statements", but the Canadians are setting the bar higher.

After all, it is a given what Ahmadinejad believes. He restated it only last week.

Will the U.S. or (granted, this would be a surprise) the Japanese delegation walk out when all good conscience says they should?


Afterhours Update:

The speech came and went... and eleven more national delegations walked out, including the Americans. AFP wire has it like this:
Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States left the room as Ahmadinejad began to rail against Israel, a European source said.
Add Canada to that list, as they were already headed out the door as the speaker approached the podium. The Israelis weren't even in the chambers.

H/T to Allahpundit at Hot Air for getting this report out. When compared to the incomplete coverage in this FOXNews report that only cites "Four delegations walked out during the Iranian president's remarks including the United States and Canada", it just goes to show: second source *everything*, folks.

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