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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.


Friday, June 14, 2002

A step forward? General Abdel Razak Yehiyeh, the new Palestinian security chief wants to put an end to militias involved in shooting and bombing attacks on Israelis:

Gen. Abdel Razak Yehiyeh...said he would first engage in dialogue with the armed groups. Yehiyeh did not say how he would proceed if his appeals go unheeded.

I wish him luck. But I can't help thinking of the "Cape Feare" episode of the Simpsons, where Homer hires a vigilante to get Sideshow Bob to leave town:

Man: Now don't you fret. When I'm through, he won't set foot in this
town again. I can be very, _very_ persuasive. [reloads his gun]
[Scene change to a bar]
Man: [whining] C'mon, leave town!
Bob: No.
Man: I'll be your friend?
Bob: No.
Man: Aw, you're mean!

Suicide bomber in Karachi. In front of the U.S. embassy. Apparently, no Americans were killed.

An attacker crashed a bomb-laden vehicle into a guard post outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, killing himself and at least six other people and injuring 45.

The massive blast incinerated a dozen cars, blew a three-metre-wide hole in the compound wall, and sent debris flying a kilometre.

No Americans were believed killed, but one U.S. Marine and five Pakistani employees in the consulate were lightly injured.

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