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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Tuesday, May 28, 2002

How can I not comment on the blogosphere's topic of the week?


A petition for Damian! Here is a petition to stop the seal hunt and the Calgary Stampede.
A fun quiz!Margaret Wente has a quiz on the ethical state of the Chretien government. Sample question:

(1) Maggie Maier said she had won a $36,500 contract to write a 14-page report on post-traumatic stress in the military for her ex-boyfriend, the Defence Minister, because:

(a) The military was unaware of it.

(b) She is an expert, due to her degrees in epidemiology and statistics.

(c) She is an expert, due to her personal history of environmental illnesses and chronic fatigue brought on by toxic mould. "I had brain functioning problems, memory problems and concentration problems."

The answer is, according to Wente, C.
Proportionately yours? I have a clue as to what Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham considers a proportionate Israeli response to terrorist attacks. Not from any response to my email, but rather from a newspaper account of Israel's apprehension of an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader:

Israel's military tactics have changed. That large-scale invasion has been succeeded by a rolling campaign of lightning raids on Palestinian towns and cities, usually aimed at apprehending specific individuals.

Not so long ago, Israel's retaliatory raids, even those of short duration, also merited automatic condemnation, even from Israel's closest friends.

But yesterday, Mr. Graham was among those who lent tacit support....

Asked whether operations such as the one in Bethlehem help the peace process, he said they can, "if, in fact, they are specifically designed to deal with the terrorist menace. . . . We recognize the need for Israel to have its security, and it must take actions to ensure security."

So it appears that Mr. Graham considers such raids to be a proportionate response. That said, Graham's view doesn't impress Norman Spector, who parodied this a couple of days ago:

"Today, with Ariel Sharon, I was also able to discuss a number of military issues," Mr. Graham noted. "While I cannot share certain sensitive matters, let me say that Canada recognizes Israel's right to defend its pizzerias, but we advise that military operations be proportionate and never result in civilian deaths."

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