On Thu, 03 Oct 2002 06:35:09 +0800, "Mark Gregson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> said: > > I'll slightly violate a personal (temporary) rule of mine and ask all > on this list who think that Canada needs the US to protect it: > > Please send me a list of Canada's enemies who could invade Canada. > > Your list will be empty. There is no one.
I don't think so. I think the list is far from empty. The list would include many of the same countries that would like to invade Canada. It is just that they are not inclined to try, just as they don't try to invade the US. Part (and I _DO_ know it is only part) of the reason they don't try is _BECAUSE_ of the US. They know that if they tried to invade Canada, they would immediately be attacked by the US. They don't try to invade the US for the same reason. Mexico also benefits from this same effect. The US is known as a country with a very strong military and a willingness to protect their own intrests. (Sticking our nose into other people's business is another topic all together!) Therefore, no country will try to invade us or one of our two nearest neighbors without having a good reason to beleive they can defeat us because they can be quite sure we will repell any such invasion. This subject was tested and proved with the Cuban Missle Crises where the "invasion" was merely the placing of missles in a closely neighboring country with that contry's explicit approval. Do you not think that China would like to invade Canada if they thought they could pull it off? I am quite sure they would, but are smart enough not to seriously consider such a thing. Do you think the old USSR would have liked to invade Canada? I sure do. Again, they could have beaten Canada possibly, but not the US who surely would have stepped in heavily to defend Canada. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't ascribe any altruistic notions to the US government. If England wanted to invade Canada, it is possible that the US could be kept out of the picture if England could convince them that Canada as ruled by England would be a better allie. No enemy of the US could ever do so without immediate US intervention. The US government is very strongly inclined to seek what it sees as it's own self interest. This means that it will strongly protect a friendly Canadien government from any enemy agressors. I feel quite as sure that the Government of the US would _wish_ to intervene if it felt an unfriendly internal faction was trying to take over control of the government in Canada. I don't know if they would convince themselves to intervene or not as that depends on too many other conditions. So, in conclusion, I think the list you stated would be empty is, instead, rather lengthy. I won't bother to try to fill in the list, but if you were to concede my arguements, you would see that it is indeed a long one. Scott -- Buttered bread always lands butter side * Would YOU mistake these as down (Unless it sticks to the ceiling!) * anyone`s opinions but my own? Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Scott McGee) Web: http://scott.themcgees.org/ -- http://fastmail.fm - Choose from over 50 domains or use your own ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================