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Canada needs a history lesson

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28.01.2019

Apparently, Canada's prime minister and foreign minister require a short, instructive history lesson in light of their fulsome, almost giddy, support for the attempted coup d'etat unfolding in Venezuela.

It's not at all surprising that Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have conveniently forgotten when, several decades ago, top Canadian politicians - including Trudeau's late father, Pierre - were livid after a foreign head of state stuck his big, signature nose into Canada's tricky, delicate business, as they go about sticking their pretty, petite noses into Venezuela's tricky, delicate business.

This amnesia is, of course, de rigueur among Western political dilettantes whose diplomatic modus operandi still reflects a grating, colonial-like attitude that dictates to "developing" countries - there's one set of international rules for us, and quite another set for you. So, take heed, rather than suffer the potentially brutish consequences.

While Venezuela and its fractured people rest dangerously on the precipice, Trudeau and Freeland - a pair of so-called liberals - have elected to stand literally shoulder-to-shoulder with renowned "populists" like Donald Trump and Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, as they prop up their youthful marionette, Juan Guaido, as the country's "interim" president.

Now, while it's plain that scores of Venezuelans back Guaido, millions more want the imperious Yankees and Canucks to pack up their sanctimonious lectures about liberty, democracy and human rights and go home.

Watching Trudeau and Freeland scoff at the right........

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