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Saturday, April 09, 2005
Further Anti-Canadian Propaganda by Expat
This time an American editorialist at the Niagara Falls Gazette scathes Canada for not supporting Bush's military efforts and asks, "Whatever happened to that proud nation?". This, while much of his own country and the majority of the global community are also unsupportive of Bush's measures in the Middle East.
The article is filled with errors and it is clear that David Livingston has yet to learn that Google is his friend. Errors include:
Calling Prime Minister Paul Martin, "Tony Martin".
Claiming that the friendly fire incident in Afghanistan that killed four Canadians occurred last year, when it actually happened on April 18, 2002. Then going on to complain that Canadians refuse to dole out daily condolences when it comes to US casualties in Iraq.
Livingston also writes that he feels the real reason why Martin did not want to participate in developing a missile shield for North America was that he is "worried that a missile aimed at Washington might end up hitting Toronto by mistake". Dude, see the above friendly fire incident that you say "certainly is not uncommon"!
Claiming that the US "is sending their young men and women to die in the place of Canadians" and that Canada is placing a burden on Britain, who has to pick up the Canadian slack in this war. Is this even possible? Can a nation claim that its military is fighting in the stead of another nation who formally does not support the war? Um, no.
The author also claims that America has lost more than 412 times as many men in combat as Canada since 1945. Does it occur to him that the US has been involved in more wars than Canada in that time frame and are much more aggressive when it comes to taking military action?
World War 11 is World War Eleven. World War II is World War Two.
About the only part that Livingston did get right is that the Canadian Armed Forces "have so long been neglected that they are little more than a parade ground police force that is more suited to protecting food shipments than engaging in real battle". I will hand him that, but as for the rest, if you want to sound remotely credible when you spew your hatred, check your facts.
<< The author also claims that America has lost more than 412 times as many men in combat as Canada since 1945. >>
I'm sure it was beyond the author's capability to calculate the percentages of population lost in combat, but I'm sure that Canada's losses during WWI would certainly make the "per capita death" numbers fairly close. I do wish the "Tony Martin" thing was true, though... then we could shout to the PM, "Yo, Tony!" and he could yell back, "Fuggedabowdit!" It would make him much more interesting.