July 13, 2015

NDP's Ukraine comments display troubling moral relativism

Marissa SemkiwArchive

With the NDP rising in the polls, it's time to take a closer look at what this party stands for, especially in terms of foreign policy. 

While we can't know for sure how they would govern, we can take some clues by looking at past criticisms. As Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar revealed a tendency towards moral relativism when he said that the Canadian Embassy should not have protected pro-democracy Ukranians during the height of the war in Kyiv because we didn't know which side would win. Will NDP Foreign Policy be guided by a "might makes right" philosophy rather than standing for what is right as Canada has done historically?


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commented 2015-07-15 09:26:25 -0400
woulda, shoulda, coulda, if Dewar’s aunt had nuts, she would be his uncle.
commented 2015-07-14 19:49:42 -0400
The problem with mobs in the public squares is that one never knows which of the factions will endure and succeed, e.g Libya, Egypt. The Bear may have seemed sluggish, but it was not wise to tweak his tail, especially with the example of Georgia.
commented 2015-07-14 16:21:48 -0400
The "FACT " of Yanukovych being democratically elected by Russian Agent Provocateurs who a) didn’t live in Crimea and b) couldn’t understand or be understood because of the language difference between Ukrainian and Russian makes your point a complete waste of pixels.
“The government in Kiev has bombed and continues to bomb civilians in eastern Ukraine. Thousands of civilians including women and children have been killed by this civil war fomented by NATO. Canada’s role may have been small but the blood of these innocent victims is on Harper’s hand.” All I can say is, since you KNOW this for a fact, you must’ve seen it with your own eyes and aren’t just repeating what someone told you “really happened”. I’m glad you made it out safely to post your comments here.
commented 2015-07-14 15:10:25 -0400
Hi Marissa

So where is Cohen wrong on the facts? If you watched the video that I linked below Cohen quotes Daniel Patrick Moynihan who famously said “everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts”.

The FACT is Viktor Yanukovych was a DEMOCRATICALLY elected President. The fact that he may have been corrupt and that he favored closer relations with Russia instead of the EU was not a reason for Canada and NATO to overthrow him in a coup. To characterize this as a “fight over democracy” is completely false – a myth.

Here is another fact. The government in Kiev has bombed and continues to bomb civilians in eastern Ukraine. Thousands of civilians including women and children have been killed by this civil war fomented by NATO. Canada’s role may have been small but the blood of these innocent victims is on Harper’s hand.

One last thing – while this has not been definitively proven – there is reason to believe that Yanukovych was not responsible for the deaths of protesters in Maidan square and that it was a false-flag operation staged by neo-fascists working for the opposition and that this false flag was used to justify the coup .

commented 2015-07-14 12:33:43 -0400
Kevin . . . the professor is wrong . . .
The President who was forced to leave was a Putin operative . . . the neo-nazi stuff came right from the Kremlin . . . it too is blatent nonsense.
What caused ALL these problems ? Could it have anything to do with the Sec State Klinton “RESET” insanity?
Could Russia and Putin’s aggression have anything to do with the feckless weak US President ?
Putin is an ole KGB thug who misses the old of the Soviet Union days . . . he is a threat to his neighbors.
commented 2015-07-14 09:49:02 -0400
Hi, KEVIN KESWICK, I am very familiar with Stephen Cohen’s work, and I stand by what’s I’ve said.
commented 2015-07-14 07:42:03 -0400
While Paul Dewar’s mother was mayor of Ottawa she spent her time on useful things such as declaring the city a nuclear-free zone. We can only imagine the grief that must have caused the Ruskies when they had to re-program all those missiles!
commented 2015-07-14 07:35:46 -0400
“the leading American expert "
Ahhhhh. No doubt he has ‘the’ definitive account.
commented 2015-07-14 04:34:14 -0400
For anyone interested in learning what is really happening in the Ukraine I would recommend watching this video “On the Ukrainian crisis – Why a new cold war” by Prof Stephen Cohen the leading American expert on Russia. Marisa would do well to watch this video before she decides to post another video about something she knows absolutely nothing about. http://www.thenation.com/article/ukrainian-crisis-why-new-cold-war/
commented 2015-07-14 02:51:17 -0400
Marissa is seriously uninformed about this conflict (or is being dishonest with her readers) . The protesters that took refuge in our embassy were not “fighting for democracy”. Does Marissa not know that the President overthrown in this coup was democratically elected? Does she not know that many of the protesters were Neo-Nazi’s? Why should Canada play a role (however small) in overthrowing a democratically elected president?

Obama was behind the coup in Kiev. The American’s gave Billions to the opposition groups. But even Obama realizes he made a mistake and has tried to restore relations with Putin (using Henry Kissinger as a go-between).

The foremost expert on this conflict is Prof Stephen Cohen of Princeton University. In this podcast he explains what is really happening in the Ukraine.


Below is a link to a Bloomberg article about Obama’s secret outreach to Putin. The fact that Harper continues to pursue this idiotic and illegal foreign policy in the Ukraine proves what an amateur Harper is when it comes to foreign policy. He made even worse mistakes by sending our CF-18’s to provide air support for Al Qaeda. We helped bring down Qaddafi and the result is today ISIS is in control of Libya and 1,000’s of Islamists are making their way to Europe in flotilla’s.

commented 2015-07-13 21:19:45 -0400
Well done, Marissa.
What would’ve happened if our embassy hadn’t opened it’s doors? The NDP would’ve crucified the gov’t for allowing these freedom fighters to be slaughtered.
In this rock and a hard place position, take the rock and knock some sense into the left’s thick skulls.
commented 2015-07-13 20:40:57 -0400
Melissa another great post and comment.
Paul Dewar by his comments has made it clear what the NDP is really like. They have been and still are by any definition a communist party, they have been since they morphed from the CCF.
As Melissa said in so many words they were the voice of Uncle Joe here in Canada. The reason they have been a third party in Canada is because Canadians knew this. The NDP left have infiltrated our schools from pre-school through to university and now these young un experienced youth are supporting the NDP. We will have to wait a few years for the young adults do some living, that is raise a family pay taxes until it hurts and be responsible for themselves. I see it amongst my younger friends (above 25 years) who are working they are now supporting Harper and that is heartening.
age 67 Enlightened Conservative
commented 2015-07-13 20:25:27 -0400
Dewer, the guys who would have us do nothing. Think of what Mulcair’s foreign policy would look like.

What Judy said.
commented 2015-07-13 19:51:49 -0400
Excellent report, Melissa…and chilling. Reminiscent of Maggie Thatcher’s autobiography that made it quite clear that the left is pro-Russian, in Britain and here…as noted in your report…especially the N.D.P. In fact she implied that Russians were actually interfering with British policy.

It is a delight to hear your deep, thoughtful reports…you are a tribute to conservative thinking and you clarify issues so well. We need more of you and perhaps less emotionalism and sensationalism…Yeah Melissa!
commented 2015-07-13 18:08:59 -0400
It’s past time to take a good, hard look at the NDP’s policies, period. Fiscal, social, foreign, domestic, et cetera, and ad nauseum. The people who voted the NDP into Official Opposition were voting against the Bloc. It’s past time to show how the NDP governs, be it BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. (It’s too early for Alberta, but other provinces’ histories can show projections for Alberta.) Time to hammer on the NDP as hard or harder than TheRebel has been hammering on the Liberals! People need to know just what they would be voting for, even if they think it would be a protest vote!