Sunday, March 20, 2005

Uh oh ... suddenly I'm getting a bit worried about U.S. military ambitions.

From this piece over at Left I:

In today's news spin, we learn:

"U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a visit to Seoul today that the U.S. has no intention of attacking North Korea.

"'We understand North Korea is a sovereign state,' Rice said."

Gee, that's funny. I was under the impression that Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Panama, and Grenada were all sovereign states, just to name the latest countries that the U.S. has invaded and/or bombed into submission.

Um, yeah ... and if that's the way the U.S. treats countries it does regard as sovereign, how do you think it feels about countries it figures have already given up a good chunk of their sovereignty?

Canada's announcement that it won't join the U.S. missile shield provoked an immediate warning that it has relinquished sovereignty over its airspace.

From now on, the U.S. government will control any decision to fire at incoming missiles over Canadian territory, declared the top U.S. envoy to Canada.

"We will deploy. We will defend North America," said Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

"We simply cannot understand why Canada would in effect give up its sovereignty - its seat at the table - to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming towards Canada."

The response came just moments after Prime Minister Paul Martin ended months of ambiguity Thursday by announcing that he would not sign on to the controversial missile-defence program.

The warning was no slip of the tongue: Cellucci repeated several times that Canada's decision had in effect handed over some of its sovereignty to the United States

Is anyone else up here starting to feel a mite uneasy?

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