Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy has published an open letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“Why not discuss these issues with Canadians who understand them, and seek out ways to better cooperate in areas where we agree — and agree to respect each other’s views when we disagree.
“Above all, ignore the Cassandras who deride the state of our relations because of one missile-defence decision. Accept that, as a friend on your border, we will offer a different, independent point of view. “
I may not agree with all of Mr. Axworthy’s personal views, but I fully agree with the his assessment of the danger in creating a widening division between two friendly nations. I truly believe that anti-Americanism, anti-Canadianism really stem from the inability of many people — especially intellectuals and politicians — to deal with opposing values, beliefs, and decisions. When respectful disagreement cannot be maintained, the tools of disrespect may soon follow; racism is just one of those tools.
Hat tip: Mike Kelly