I am no pundit, but I think that Michel Ignatieff is in trouble unless he can sing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (or more appropriate to his political vision, AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” and do so with the exact same voice of Bon Scott, with an ear-grinding guitar solo to boot). Watch our current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper — really, this is his best public performance in any arena:
Any speculation about why he chose to sing this song?
One question that came to my mind when watching this was: What is it about a grand piano that brings the love out of fascists?* Perhaps it’s just Nero fiddling again while Rome burns. Harper sings that he needs somebody to love — which raises another question: Why not start with his fellow Canadian, Omar Khadr, abducted to Guantánamo as a teen and subjected to torture? Why has Canada been the only Western nation not to press the U.S. for the release of one of its nationals? Why continue to block his return, even when a Federal Court has mandated it?
Harper sings, and we all laugh. This just as we learn that Canadian troops have killed more unarmed Afghan civilians, in a war in which Canada does not belong, harming people who have never harmed Canada. “I need somebody to love” — then start by loving Afghans, and leave.
(* See pages 16-17 for further background.)