Thursday, January 26, 2006

One Day In Office And New Canadian Prime Minister Is Warring With Bush!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Everyone assumed the new PM of Canada would kneel before American Power. Only he didn't. Instead, he immediately, like a dog, marked territory up in the Arctic by sending a warship there, freaking out Bush.

From the BBC:
Canadian Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper has defended plans to send military ice-breakers to the Arctic in defiance of criticism from Washington.
US ambassador David Wilkins said on Wednesday that Washington opposed the plan and, like most other countries, did not recognise Canada's claims.

Mr Harper said his mandate was from the Canadian people, not Mr Wilkins.

Mr Harper's Conservatives have promised to defend Canada's northern waters from claims by the US, Russia and Denmark.
What with our rulers in Israel wailing about Hamas, this news isn't visible to Americans which is particularily hilarious since we are very dependent on Canada for energy and other necessities.

We imagine all that polar bear territory is our for the taking, forgetting about the entire history of US/Canadian relations which feature periodic wars, to say the least. And to think the Royal Canadian Mounties will dismount and let Bush run them over with his bike is plain silly. Even the Bobbies in England didn't like that.

Or perhaps this is all just another Monty Python episode?

With global warming, the Arctic becomes very different from hitherto, namely not just for dogsleds and kyacks. From the BBC:
Global sea levels could rise by about 30cm during this century if current trends continue, a study warns.
Australian researchers found that sea levels rose by 19.5cm between 1870 and 2004, with accelerated rates in the final 50 years of that period.
Manhattan better watch out. So should much of our coatal areas and forget Florida much less doomed New Orleans! Gone, gone, gone.

And not by mere flooding but from violent storms. Isn't this going to be interesting? While we focus on a few square miles of crummy realestate in the Middle East, we lose huge hunks of America to the encroaching sea?

Gads, time to tell the Canadians to ditch the Kyoto Accords! As if they should care!
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