Well, it's official. We said 'no.' Yay!
I didn't say I would vote Liberal if we said 'no' to joining in the North American Missile Defense Shield. But the chances of me voting Liberal have increased significantly... Federally.
Provincially... well, not only will there be an NHL season before that ever happens, but Lucifer himself will be lacing up.
Now the big issue surrounding this is Canada 'forfeiting our soveriegnty.'
Ummm, let's see... fuck you, U.S.A.
We are our own nation. We are defending our own air-space. Now if you feel like you have to pick off any Korean bogeys that rain down on Toronto without calling up our Prime Minister, then you are involved in an illegal act. Admittedly, we probably won't make a big stink about it, but that doesn't mean it's not an international offense.
Don't expect us to be thankful for your benevolence.
In fact, this has more to do with maintaining our sovereignty than relinquishing it. If we were cozied up to the big-dog, we'd really be letting it take care of us. At least we're trying to be independent. If the U.S. decides to shoot down missiles that are flying over Canada... well, if they're heading for the U.S. I would pretty much expect them to take them out as soon as feasible - no matter over whose airspace the missiles are. I just hope they have the good grace to clean up the debris when they are done. Doesn't mean that they haven't violated our air-space, and while it's more than likely a moot point, if we had to do the same, I'd expect the exact same attitudes to be reversed.
It is significant that it is moot though. We haven't managed to incite the ire of so many of the worlds other nations. If the States REALLY wants to challenge our sovereignty - however they should so choose to do it - I actually in some dark manner welcome it.
Sure. Go ahead. Treat us - arguably your biggest trade ally - that way if you so choose... it only makes you look worse. And the worse you look the closer you are to having to deal with the fallout of your actions. It's coming. It's coming relatively soon. I hope soon enough that I get to see it happen. Not out of a sense of vengeance or hatred - more because I'm fascinated to see where the chips fall. It is inevitable. The only question is "when?"