Canada to ship feminist sniper rifles to Ukraine
We know that these are “feminist” sniper rifles because Canada has a feminist foreign policy, as Sunnydaze Trudeau never tires of reminding us.
This deal was allegedly conditional on Ukraine making progress on cleaning up the rampant corruption that permeates their political culture. I guess someone somewhere told somebody at Global Affairs the clean-up is going swimmingly, and that’s good enough for us.
Here’s a discussion about Ukrainian corruption in Foreign Policy. It’s telling that the Americans are reluctant to send advanced military hardware to Ukraine for fear that the thieves and scoundrels of the Verkhovna Rada would sell it on to their supposed arch-enemy, the Russians.
In spite of their misgivings, the Americans did approve the sale of $40 million worth of US made sniper rifles last December. Those wouldn’t be feminist sniper rifles though, so we still have the moral high ground.
By my estimation the US and Canadian deals combined represent something in the order of 4000+ sniper rifles, to be used primarily against the Donbass separatists. Even if only half the shipments find their way to the Russian mafia, that’s still going to translate into many more dead Ukrainians.
How does arming one side in a civil war further our standing as a champion for human rights everywhere?