Thursday, June 16, 2005

Pillorella pilloried

No, I'm not the only one who's appalled at the actions of the then-ambassador to Syria.

From CBC:
Former Canadian ambassador to the UN Paul Heinbecker berated his colleague Franco Pillarella for comments made at the Maher Arar inquiry...

Heinbecker spent 40 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He says everybody knows Syria has a bad human rights record and for Pillarella to say otherwise, casts a pall over the entire foreign service.

"I think it puts the Department of Foreign Affairs and the foreign service in a bad light," he said...

He says it is the ambassador's job to know the situation in-country and act accordingly.

Never mind ambassadors, doesn't pretty much any job involve generally paying attention to one's surrounding circumstances?

(Conservative strategists excepted of course. But to my knowledge none of them have been given diplomatic postings just yet.)

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