Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rock-solid support for Israel’s actions in Lebanon stems from his firm belief that Canadian foreign policy must be based on the morality of certitude. Put simply, he believes in choosing sides and staying there. He has no sympathy for those who argue that in places like the Middle East or Afghanistan, competing claims must be understood and dealt with in order to come up with workable solutions. In Harper’s moral and political universe, a country makes its alliances with others on the basis of shared core values. And then it supports those countries, no matter what.