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Saturday, February 26, 2005

With Friends Like These

Canadian Press has an analysis of Prime Minister Paul Martin's decision not to participate in common missile defense with the United States. Link.
Canada's rejection of missile defense is a historic shift in its relationship with the United States and could have deep unforeseen consequences, analysts warn.

This week's announcement is more significant than Canada's refusal to join fighting in Iraq or Vietnam because, some say, this time the country has rejected a domestic defense plan. One military analyst in Washington says Canada has turned its back on a 67-year-old agreement signed by then-prime minister Mackenzie King and president Franklin Roosevelt to jointly defend North America. (...)

A defiant Martin declared again Friday that the United States must seek permission before firing any missile over Canadian airspace.

He was responding to warnings that Canada has abdicated sovereignty by refusing to take part in the U.S. project.

The top U.S. envoy to Canada - Ambassador Paul Cellucci - says Canada would be "outside of the room" when his country decides whether to fire at incoming missiles.

But Martin said Friday: "We would expect to be consulted.

"This is our airspace, we're a sovereign nation and you don't intrude on a sovereign nation's airspace without seeking permission."

Martin is delusional. Yes, in the unlikely event that a missile is launched at a Canadian city, we might not respond, but if it is heading for the US, there is no way in Hell that we will call him first for permission before launching an anti-missile defense over Canadian territory. At least with France we have a long history of them stabbing us in the back, but with Canada, this is a reversal of a long and friendly history together.

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