The Guardian is picking up some very bad habits, such as explaining away failure. Because of the politically correct pseudo-culture that is a form of cold terror, people never can look at reality. They either explain it away or justify if, or deny there is a problem.
People want to pretend they are prefect and being called on the carpet for their wickedness is some sort of horrific act of terror.
The Guardian has completely misread the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada, coming to the conclusion this spat has nothing to do with Canada, when it does. This was entirely preventable, but the federal regime has now had an established history of virtue-signalling by their own meddling in other country's affairs. The Guardian is sounding like one of those stay-at-mall moms who want to brag about the lazy ne'er-do-well brat, but as brat skips classes and gets bad mark, she has to spin some kind of ridiculous canard how it is everyone else's fault but her kid -- and her. (And as someone who has worked as an educator since 2000, you never see this kind of parental behaviour of students who do well on their own).
But the narrative of excuses The Guardian piles on never ends:
Soon after Donald Trump took office, it became clear that the longstanding relationship between the United States and its northern neighbour was about to change: there were terse renegotiations of Nafta, thousands of asylum seekers walking across the shared border and attacks on against Canada’s protectionist trade policies.
It began when Trudeau was having his photo op "bromance fest" with an outgoing president, who, for the record, has been too busy living his life to weigh in on the matter in public. That was the first slight and a manipulative play of optics to let the incoming president know where he stood in the schoolyard pecking order. I knew then that was going to cost my country a pretty penny. This isn't high school, and even if it were, Canada should have looked to the defunct Spy magazine to a clue about what was in store for them.
But when you have a prime minister whose playbook comes from what works in private school, you know he is going to stick to that juvenile script no matter how badly he will fail with it.
And Trudeau is playing by that book and has been for a very long time. He has been tweaking Trump's nose -- and when you are the leader in charge of the lives of millions of people, it is not about you. That is the agreement: people give you goodwill and power. In return of getting those precious gifts, you give them a better life as you guide them because realistically, you are no match against millions of people. They indulge you.
But the Guardian doesn't get it:
Canada’s lonely stance was swiftly noticed north of the border. “We do not have a single friend in the whole entire world,” Rachel Curran, a policy director under former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, lamented on Twitter.
And that should be a sign. Why isn't anyone publicly showing a modicum of support? Why has the International Bank of Goodwill closed this country's account?
I am certain if Donald Trump was in the same position, journalists would gleefully jump up and down and dutifully explain in excruciating detail all of the reasons why Trump caused the US's isolation, and yet that it is Canada in the hot seat, the Guardian doesn't consider it.
Their silliosity continued:
The United Kingdom was similarly muted in its response, noted Bob Rae, a former leader of the federal Liberal party. “The Brits and the Trumpians run for cover and say ‘we’re friends with both the Saudis and the Canadians,’” Rae wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for the support for human rights, guys, and we’ll remember this one for sure.”
Perhaps Canada should remember all of the times it did the same to other nations and wonder if the silence has a more troublesome reason behind it.
The lack of awareness permeates throughout the article, and the arrogance is never questioned:
In this particular dispute, Canada did not need US help, said Thomas Juneau, a professor at the University of Ottawa. “Saudi Arabia-Canada relations are very limited, so there’s not a lot of damage being done to Canada right now,” he said. “But this should be a source of major anxiety: when a real crisis comes and we are alone, what do we do?”
The relations were hardly limited, and this unfounded assertion should have been disproven. In Ontario alone, the exodus of Saudi interns and students are having a direct impact on hospitals who now have huge holes to fill. Saudis bought our food. The invested in our companies. They had contracts to purchase more controversial things. They could cut off the oil supply, and it would cause serious problems.
This is not a minor spat, and considering Canada already unnecessarily made one with NAFTA, the list of countries who are having their fill of our government's antics are piling up.
But the article's worst flaw is here:
The week’s events have added impetus to a conversation that is slowly getting underway in Canada, Juneau said. “We are starting some serious soul-searching in the sense of what does it mean for Canada to have a US that is much more unilateral, much more dismissive of the rules and the norms and of its leadership role in the international order that it has played for 70 years?”
Notice the blame is being placed on the US -- not on Canada. That means that Canada sees its regime as ineffectual, and hence, a façade. If you are the one who made the error, you have control to correct it by altering the course.
If what you do makes no difference, then you stick to the same script.
And the federal regime has said in public it will keep doing the same things, but expect a different outcome.
The very definition of insanity.
Canada will take a series of serious hits in the coming months, and there will be consequences.
I am optimistic, though. While our journalism industry is unteachable, the rest of the country has an actual learning curve, and has a very good sense of when to change course.
And it will change course, but right now, it is stuck with a government that behave as if it were in private school, and playing conniving games that usually result in mommy and daddy having to bribe school officials into making the problem go away by means of a large charitable donation.
Except now there is no mommy and daddy to clean up the mess caused by a government of knuckleheads who are way too old to be sticking to juvey scripts when the stakes require original and active thinking that reflects reality -- not selfies...