I'm sure the two Michaels are lovely chaps & completely innocent of their alleged "crimes". I hope they come home soon. Here's a thing.

If you think a Canadian PM (or POTUS for that matter) has the power to snap his/her fingers & bring a citizen home from a foreign jail...
..., you're a moron. And I don't mean "moron" in the vernacular pejorative sense of "dull-witted", I mean you labour under a quantifiable, calculable & apparently colossal cognitive deficit. Here's the way the world works.

Nations exist in a friend/foe relation (cf. Schmitt)....
"Foe" doesn't need to mean "mortal threat" & "friend" doesn't need to mean "buddy". Friends are those within your community & foes are those without. Within Canada, Canadians have rights & mutual obligations. Outside Canada, nobody owes us jack shit....
Sure, abstract international protocols are binding on signatory states, but you'd be surprised how irrelevant those are when you're in a country run by people not terribly interested in applying them. What that means is that, once beyond Canada's shores, you're on your own...
Canada is part of a tiny rule-of-law oasis in a largely lawless/totalitarian world. You need to understand that when you jet off to far-away climes. Sound like a bummer? Don't dig that threat level? Fine. Stay the fuck home....
Sorry, but the idea that Justin can hold your hand as you trudge down the back alleys of Jakarta is some naive, joss stick-scented, acid-fuelled, psychedelic VW Bug 𝘐𝘧 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘛𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘉𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘨𝘪𝘶𝘮 bullshit. Justin can't do squat for you...
Them's the odds. If you're not willing to take them, stay the fuck home.

See, I don't go to the States unless absolutely necessary. Not because there aren't diverting things to do and see there (despite the unpleasantness of having to be around Americans), but because of this...
If I get stopped in a car by a cop in the US (and not just in the South/Midwest), my complexion means that my chances of coming home in a pine box increase by orders of magnitude for as long as that interaction lasts. There's nothing I can do about it, and Justin can't help me...
I'm not keen on those odds so I act accordingly. Were I ever tossed into a foreign jail, of *course* I would want the government to drop everything & make my freedom its top priority. But I think my inner realist would grasp the plain fact that, no, Chuck Norris ain't on his way.

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