posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:32 PM
I'm a relative new-commer here and like to lurk. So I'dont know how to multi-quote.
Reading these posts reminds me of what bugs me about every (or very nearly every) american I have ever met. Their air of supperiority and the
accompanying willfull ignorance that they allow themselves because of it.
SO. Not only do I not like your government (don't even get me started!), I don't have a high opinion of the americans I have met, either here in
Canada and in New York, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and everywhere in the New England states (all encounters friendship or business
related). I do have a high opinion of some journalists, writers, activists etc who are working hard to counter the willfull ingnorance referred to
One person stated that Canada would not exist if it where not for the US, another joked that a war would disrupt beer and somehow affect a product
that depends simply on how you cut a pork belly, so not a "Canadian" product at all; another person stated that Canada would be a different place if
the US was not there. I agree.
You see Canada exists as a country not by the force or threat of military might (ours or anyone else's) but by our view of how this little piece of
the planet should be governed and lived upon. Our protection from invasion or attack is largely geographical thanks to two oceans, the arctic and a
very long undefended border with the biggest military in the world at the hands of foolish chest thumpers stomping around an imaginary playground
being a classic bully. Canada is also defended from attack or invasion thanks to our foreign policy. You see unlike the US we are not running around
the world creating enemies by having them submit to our will either economically (WTO, IMF, "free trade", globalisation, the Petrodollar etc) or
militarily. But then again, some of you like to call us "that bunch of do gooders".
As far as the argument that the US would "rush" to our rescue (which world government has such a big grudge against Canada?), I'm not sure I would
want that. Seeing as you never leave. You still have bases in places like Germany. I firmly believe that if Canada ever needs rescuing it will be from
American agression. We have plenty of friends in the world (were in tight with the UN, OAS, the Commonwealth, G7, NATO, etc.) who would not allow it
or stand by and do nothing.
On the other hand, it is Canada who holds a weapon with respect to the US. Far more than beer, Canada is responsible for a large percentage of US
trade and we trade every product you can imagine including raw materials like say, wood, pulp and paper, oil, natural gas, electricity etc. So when
the US refuses to honour four (count them 4!) WTO tribunals claiming that tarriffs on our softwood lumber are illegal and the US gov't owns us
billions back in illegal taxes collected, then I think we should just cut off the supply, for say, a month. The US economy would be in a tailspin at
the next day's opening bell. The US achilles (sp?) heel is the economy and sorry to inform you, Canada holds a major ace up its sleeve.
So yes, you should all care about what Canadian youth (and the not so young) think of the US.
Better yet, you should care about what is at the root of the sentiment and correct it.
Sorry this was so long but this thread hit a nerve.
Oh. And to the person who posted the WAAAAHMBULANCE pic. Thanks! That's a keeper!