Friday, February 25, 2005

All Your Airspace Are Belong to Us

You might have missed this - Canada has refused to sign onto the U.S. missile defense shield initiative (Star Wars). And guess what the American ambassador to Canada said to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin?

"Who cares? We'll invade your airspace if we want to." Well, ok, not his exact words but close enough to the official transcripts. Here's a story from The Globe and Mail:

Ottawa — Prime Minister Paul Martin said yesterday that Canada has to be involved in any U.S. decision to shoot down an enemy missile in Canadian airspace, but the American ambassador said the country had given up its right to be involved in any such decision.

Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador, made the remarks just after Mr. Martin officially announced Canada would not join the controversial missile-defence shield.

“We will deploy,” Mr. Cellucci said. “We will defend North America.

“We simply cannot understand why Canada would in effect give up its sovereignty, its seat at the table, to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming towards Canada.”...

Maybe it's because Canadians perceive the Bush administration as a pack of INTERNATIONAL JACKALS? Ya think? Anyway, Timmy (any relation to Horton?) at Voice in the Wilderness had this to say:

What a fascinating principal the Bush administration is applying. If we don't sign onto their every boondoggle, it is tacit approval for them to invade our sovereignty at whim. If we don't increase port security to their satisfaction, can we expect the U.S.S. Nimitz to be posted outside Halifax Harbour?

Did you miss the memo on Iraq, Tim? The BushCo cabal is getting pretty good at doing whatever the fuck they want, sovereign foreign nations or not. You also may have missed the accountability memo, Tim - as in, they have none. Or at least they don't think they do.

Keep your government honest, Timmy. Gawd knows we didn't.

Update, 7:20 - RossK's got the full snark 411 (from a Canuckistan perspective) on Ambassadors Yin and Yang at Gazetteer.