Canada announced today that it won't attend the United Nations' 2009 conference on racism in Durban (South Africa).
The Canadians say the conference will "degenerate into ... expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism."
Canada also objects to Libya being the president of the conference's organising committee, and to the presence of Iran on the same committee.
Is Canada in any position to dictate what a conference on racism should look like?
Their shameful record of Indian genocide hardly make them a credible judge of who and what should be included and excluded at a racism conference.
Canada's Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, Jason Kenney, indicated that his country may be the first to avoid the 2009 Durban Review Conference.
I expect that the US will follow Canada in the near future.
Both Canada and the US have a vested interest in avoiding any limelight being shed on their role in racism inside of their respective countries, and also in the international arena.
Canada and the US are happy being ardent supporters of the kind of racism that Israel perpetrates in Palestine.
So why should anyone be surprised that Canada would coward and run from facing its global peers?
I'm not surprised hey. Good riddance is my thinking.