posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 06:24 PM
I highly enjoyed this letter...
I'm glad you've decided to get over your fit of pique and venture north to visit your closest neighbour. It's a chance to learn a thing or two.
I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence
system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.
But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker
What I like about this is the way it answers accusations that we're not team players, that we're letting the U.S. foot the bill and defend North
America, and so on... sure, the tone is cynical, but Ambassador Celucci has been pretty close to being out of line these last days.
Basically, it shows that a situation doesn't always look quite the same depending if you're looking from north or south of the border. A lot of
Canadians feel their country has shown its good faith by sending troops to Afghanistan, supporting the U.S. in changes to NORAD, etc. But of course,
these initiatives are small compared to the means the U.S. has, so often they get overlooked, and some Americans get the idea that Canada isn't doing
anything. The perception is understandable, but not quite true.