Yesterday it seemed Canada was destined to be the last country on the planet to remove its nationals who've been stranded in war torn Lebanon since Israel began its huge offensive against Hezbollah last week. Naturally, Ottawa's opposition leaders have been hugely critical of the Harper government's perceived slowness to act. The Lebanese community has been hugely critical, quite naturally, since they're concerned about the well being of their loved ones being evacuated safely out of Lebanon.
But the Canadian media, whether over the airwaves or in print have spewed nothing but bile against the Harper government ever since the PM left Canada last week to attend the G-8 summit in Russia. Its over-the-top reportage of how slow the government has been to evacuate Canadians from Lebanon is just one of the overblown items which make us look like a nation of whiners. Consider the news that is now coming out of the U.S., Australia, and Great Britain that they too are finding their governments facing similar criticisms and you'd think the whole western world is made up of complainers.
From the U.S. media, "I can't believe the Americans," said Danni Atiyeh, a civil engineer from Kansas City, Mo., waiting earlier Wednesday with his pregnant wife and sons, ages 6 and 10, for a bus to take them to the cruise ship. "Everybody else has gone home ... We're still here."
From Australian media, "Members of Australia's Lebanese community have criticised the efforts of the Federal Government to get stranded civilians out of Lebanon."
From the U.K., "The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office came under fierce criticism yesterday after evacuation efforts were condemned as woefully slow."
It seems as though we've been through this before in recent years. The Tsunami in Indonesia, and Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf states. It doesn't matter what catastrophe strikes it seems to only take people and the media mere hours before it starts to complain about the slowness to act.
Posted at 05:30 pm by Graeme_MacKay