Hardeep Singh Nijjar had “blood on his hands” through multiple attacks, a former Pentagon staffer shot back at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on India Friday to cooperate with Canada and ensure “accountability” over the killing of the Khalistani terrorist. “Hardeep Nijjar was not simply a plumber any more than Osama Bin Laden was a construction engineer,” Michael Rubin, who is ex-Pentagon staffer, told news agency ANI.
Blinken said the United States has been in touch both with India, with which it has warming ties, and Canada, a close ally which expelled an Indian diplomat earlier this week. “We want to see accountability. And it’s important that the investigation run its course and lead to that result,” Blinken told reporters in New York, where he was taking part in the UN General Assembly.
Michael Rubin shot back at US Secretary of State over his comments, pointing out that Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a terrorist. “…Let’s not fool ourselves, Hardeep Singh Nijjar was not simply a plumber any more than Osama Bin Laden was a construction engineer. He had blood on his hands through multiple attacks. And therefore, while Secretary Blinken may after the facts, say that the United States will always stand against transnational oppression. We’re actually being hypocritical if Secretary Blinken makes that statement because after all, what we’re talking about isn’t transnational repression. We’re talking about transnational terrorism and what the United States did to Qasem Soleimani and what the United States did to Osama Bin Laden is really no different than what India is alleged to have done in this case,” he told ANI.
Rubin told ANI that Trudeau’s allegations have led to “greater danger” for Canada than India and that India is a far more important ally to the US than Canada.
One more reason that Trudeau is on a slippery slope is that his political popularity ratings are at an abysmal low and he may well be on the way out in the upcoming national polls of Canada, said the ex-Pentagon official. Rubin said that the US can afford to not play ball with Canada and that it can rebuild the relationship after he is gone.
“Justin Trudeau probably isn’t long for the Canadian premiership, and then we can rebuild the relationship after he’s gone,” Rubin explained.
Analysing Trudeau’s missteps, Rubin said, “Prime Minister Trudeau I think has made a huge mistake. He has made allegations in a manner which he hasn’t been able to back. Either he was shooting from the hip and he doesn’t have the evidence to support the accusations he made against the government. There is something there, in which case he needs to explain why this government was sheltering a terrorist.”
Most-Wanted fugitive terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead in a parking lot of a Gurdwara, in Canada’s Surrey, British Columbia on June 18.