Discussion in 'Canada' started by Said1, Dec 19, 2004.
More fuel to fire bad relations.
Thank you for the information. I was not aware that Canada had decided against missile defense. Nor did I realize Canada is again going accept criminal deserters from the US military.
Unbelievable! This is an ally? Why doesnt Canada just get it over with and join the EU? Japan, the nation we nuked in 1945, is a far better ally than Canada. The quality of our relationship with Australia makes Canada seem like an enemy. Well...ok. No missile defense for Canada. So be it. American missile defense should only be for allies. Canadians should keep their heads in the sand. Then they might not notice when the sand turns to glass.
Whatever. If Canada does not want to participate in a missile defense program, then that is certainly their right and I don't have a problem with that. Too many Americans view Canada as a ventriloquist's puppet sitting on the lap of Uncle Sam. These people need an occasional reminder that Canada is a sovereign nation and has every right to act in its own self interest.
However, Martin's comments regarding Iraq are highly inappropriate. These comments are not addressed to draft dodgers as there is no draft. So Martin's comments must be interpreted as an invitation for US soldiers to desert to Canada. That is completely unacceptable. Martin is damned lucky I'm not President. If I were, there would be a demand for an immediate retraction and a public apology. If that were not forthcoming, I would shut down the borders, order every Canadian in this country to return home in 48 hours, embargo every bit of trade we do with Canada, terminate diplomatic relations and void every treaty we have with Canada.
Martin must be made to understand that disagreements are one thing, but encouraging our troops to desert is quite another.
How do you figure he's encouraging troops to desert? Seriously, I must be really daft, because I didn't read that way, although I could see how some might.
"In another issue that could cause friction with Bush, Martin said Canada was prepared to accept U.S. citizens who do not want to serve in the war in Iraq."
Think about that statement. Why would a U.S. citizen move to Canada because he or she does not want to serve in Iraq? That would solve nothing. No citizen is currently in danger of being involuntarily inducted into the armed services so for them, emigrating to Canada does nothing to solve the "serving in Iraq" problem - because that problem never existed.
We have an ALL VOLUNTEER armed force. Not a single soul has been drafted. There is no conscription. So the only people who would be able to avoid serving in Iraq by fleeing to Canada are those who are currently members of the armed forces.
yes its in poor taste. they should be assisting the US with booting the yellow bastards back over the border.
Come on Merlyn, I would think you of all people could spot media fluff when you see it.
I was simply relying on that portion of the article which provided a quote attributed to Martin. That cannot be fluffed. If that's not what he said, then a correction needs to be printed.
Either he made the statement or he did not. If he did, I stand by my sentiments. If he did not speak those words, then all these keystrokes have been pointless.
Your keystrokes have not been wasted Daddio, I understand what you are saying. However, I simply feel the statement is somewhat misleading and I do not think deserters would be welcomed. I could be wrong, I would hope not, but it happened once long, long ago.
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