Monday, June 06, 2005

Can you explain that whole "air space sovereignty" thing again?

Well, there's this (June 1):

The price of airline tickets between Canadian cities could go up if the United States implements an anti-terrorist strategy that would force domestic airlines to fly new routes far north of the American border, Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said Wednesday...

Washington warned recently that, as an added security measure against terrorism, it intended to require that all foreign airlines passing over the U.S. check the names of passengers against American government watch lists.

On the other hand, there's this (June 3):

A British airliner diverted to Nova Scotia because of a false hijacking signal resumed its trip to New York on Friday after sitting on a Halifax tarmac for almost four hours...

The Airbus was travelling from London's Heathrow International Airport to New York when it sent out the emergency signal.

Hey, no problem, Americans. Glad we up here in Canada could be of assistance, you know, letting you divert potentially terrorist-laden flights into our airspace and onto our runways until you figure it's safe to let them continue. Really, you're welcome. Any time.

CORRECTING THE RECORD: And isn't it adorable when someone lets the freepers out of their basements to stretch their legs, and they take the opportunity to wander over and take a whiz on someone else's web site? How else to explain the commenter here, who writes:

You let terrorists in all the time anyway, what harm would a few more do?

I'm assuming the commenter is referring to the now-discredited myth that a number of the 9/11 terrorists entered the United States through Canada, a bit of nonsense that even right-wing loon Newt Gingrich has now admitted is false:

WASHINGTON (CP) - High-profile U.S. conservative Newt Gingrich has agreed to retract his statement that terrorists involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks entered the United States from Canada. The move came Wednesday after Canada's Ambassador Frank McKenna fired off a letter of complaint.

Gingrich, former Republican speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives and a potential presidential candidate in 2008, "deeply regrets the error," said spokesman Rick Tyler.

"That's become accepted conventional wisdom here. But he'll help to correct the record."

"He wishes he had not repeated that error and had checked it out," Tyler said from Lincoln, Va.

"We're in complete and utter total sympathy with the Canadian ambassador and all Canadians, for that matter."

Gingrich, appearing Tuesday on a Fox News Channel political show, said: "Far more of the 9-11 terrorists came across from Canada than from Mexico."

McKenna, who became Canada's top envoy in the United States last month, wrote Gingrich's comments "perpetuate an urban legend that can take on a life of its own, especially when repeated by people whose opinions are deeply respected in the United States."

"Canadians and Americans are great friends. And great friends can tell it like it is."

"In the interest of that friendship and to set the record straight I ask that you retract your statement."

McKenna noted former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft is on the record saying: "None of the terrorists from the Sept. 11 carnage came to the United States through Canada."

A 9-11 commission report has also detailed how the terrorists entered with U.S. visas and none came through Canada.

Any other freepers want to step up and make public asses of themselves?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good plan to me. Let them blow up in Canada.You let terrorists in all the time anyway, what harm would a few more do?