Canada vs Kerry

by Mark Steyn

The last red line in the western world is made of maple leaves:

Striking a distinctly harsher tone than its closest allies, Canada is balking at lifting any of its sanctions against Iran until the Islamic regime fully abandons its nuclear weapons’ ambitions.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sunday he is “deeply skeptical” of a weekend deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program signed with six leading powers – the United States, Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France.

At least in tone, Canada is positioning itself somewhere between Israel, which has called the agreement a “historic mistake,” and the optimism expressed by the negotiators of the breakthrough deal.

“We have made-in-Canada foreign policy,” Mr. Baird explained to reporters in Ottawa. “We think past actions best predict future actions, and Iran has defied the United Nations Security Council and defied the International Atomic Energy Agency. Simply put: Iran has not earned the right to have the benefit of the doubt.”

But, as in other matters, when Obama and Kerry are offering benefits, you don’t need to earn them.