Canadian, Geo-political

Are We Being Told the Whole Story?

Are we being told the whole story?

On the orders of the U.S. for extradition, Canada arrests 46-year-old Ms. Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese national and the chief financial officer (CFO) for Chinese telecom giant Huawei, reportedly the biggest telecom corporation in the world. She was arrested in a flight change in Canada, while on her way to Mexico. Her supposed crime was her accessing the Iranian market in dealings that contravene US sanctions. If convicted, Ms. Meng reportedly faces more than 30 years in a U.S. prison. Trudeau government is supporting her extradition on the basis we are just following the law.

The Iran nuclear agreement, which was seen by the real-world community as resolving the perceived Iranian nuclear threat, was an agreement between Iran and the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union, and supported by Canada.

President. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement and placed new sanctions against Iran, which angered the other signatories. But the U.S. sanctions against Iran are illegal under international law which to my mind makes Ms. Meng innocent of any crime.

Trudeau likes to say that when dealing with the Chinese we always advance human rights and the rule of law. But this is the rule of international law that our prime minister ignores at will as a puppet to U.S. foreign policies.

The Chinese are rightly furious not only with the U.S., but Canada for being a patsy accomplice in an illegal act and an international infraction against China. All the while Canada is looking to diversify our economy by enhancing trade with China including oil delivered through the troubled Trans Mountain Pipeline.

 

Author: Ron Brydges

Born on Vancouver Island and raised as a child in Prince Rupert and as a teenager in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Graduated, not without struggle, from Central Collegiate High School. Got my first post graduate job at a steel and pipe mill in Regina, Returned to B.C. and worked in a fabrication shop, a consulting firm, a northern mine and then went east and lived and worked in Toronto for a machinery manufacturer. Moved to St. Catharines where i worked on contract for GM. Was discharged at 62 and took up writing. Now divorced with two daughters and four grandchildren. There was a life between these lines and some of it will come out in my blogs.