Call it a photo-op, call it grandstanding, but Stephen Harper's kicking the media off the plane to pick up Canadians evacuated from Lebanon in Cyprus solves two problems at once.
It brings a few of our people home earlier out of a war zone than they might have expected, thus getting them out of harm's way in case the war zone expands throughout the rest of the Middle East.
And it also pre-empts the media criticism this action will invariably get. Because the media will sound like a bunch of spoiled whiners who care more for their free ride with the PM than the fate of Canadians stranded in the latest Middle East battlefield.
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