Michael Ignatieff is opposed to ballistic missile defense. In all sincerity, this is good for him to say, even if it's a bit of a no-brainer. It should be easy to say it, but I imagine Ignatieff got some pressure from some corners because of the North Korean nuclear test. Good for him to ignore it.
See? I am, in fact, capable of writing something not-defamatory about Michael Ignatieff.
Of course, this does contradict - despite what his campaign will say - the clear meaning of Ignatieff's speech to the 2005 Liberal convention, where he endorsed Canada's participation in the missile defense shield. (Please, Iggy supporters, save your breath.) Bizarrely, Iggy framed his endorsement of BMD in the language of protecting Canadian sovereignty. As we all know, the best way for any country to guarantee their sovereignty is to give the Americans everything they want.
So, for Michael Ignatieff, the count is something like this:
Qana, 2006: C'est un crime de guerre, but only if there are no french-speaking Jews in Canada. [Advisor whispers in ear.] What? Aw, fuck.
Missile defense: It's popular in the Liberal party to oppose missile defense, so as long as I need the Liberal party I'll oppose missile defense.
Crap. I wasn't able to keep that up for long, was I?
(link via BigCityLib.)