[The following are excerpts from a report published today on the website of the Toronto Star:]
Prime Minister [of Canada] Stephen Harper evoked the ideals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher in a speech to British parliamentarians that stressed the need for shared vigilance in a world threatened by the “monsters” of terrorism. (...)
Above all, he told Members of Parliament and Lords, “Syria cannot be allowed to become another safe haven for the hydra-heads of terrorism.” (...)
The wide-ranging, 28-minute address to more than a hundred Members of Parliament and Lords recounted the risks British and Canadian soldiers have shared from World War II to Libya.
“Britons and Canadians have pursued what is right in the world, often at great cost,” Harper said.
In a reference to former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, he said Canada and Britain had used military might to save Libya from “massive and imminent slaughter at the hands of the psychotic architect of the Lockerbie horror.” That recalled the terrorist bomb that brought down a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
[I really don't know whether to regard it as sad or as comforting that British Prime Ministers are not the only Prime Ministers to spout nonsense about Lockerbie.]