We used to be rather thin-skinned about criticism in Canada. While
there's still a lot of that, as these letters in today's Flop and Flail
show, in response to the right-wing cult figure Jonah Greenberg's half
tongue-in-cheek column in National Review that Canada should be invaded
for its own good, we're learning to take a joke (and just ignore the
ignorant ramblings of an idjut like Pat Buchanan. At least Greenberg's

 Monday, November 11, 2002 – Page A12

Yerevan, Armenia -- If Jonah Goldberg really intended to portray
Canadians as wimps (Head To The Bunkers, The Yanks Are Coming -- Nov.
9), his article in National Review is, if nothing else, poorly timed.

As his country's massive military prepares to crush a Third World
country, ours remembers those who were lost in past wars. What's
poignant is that at critical junctures in at least the First and Second
World Wars, the United States turned its back on its allies, while
Canadians fought hard.

One might think the U.S. military, or the mindset that governs it, is
only prepared to go to war when  the enemy is virtually incapable of
offering a credible resistance, and only requires allies to give some
semblance of legitimacy to the endeavour.

Monday, November 11, 2002 – Page A12

Port Hope, Ont. -- Bombing Canada, as Jonah Goldberg suggests, with
tongue firmly planted in cheek beside his foot, is not such a novel
concept . . . after all, the Yanks have already had ample practice
blowing up Canadians in Afghanistan.

Monday, November 11, 2002 – Page A12

Toronto -- "If we give away the milk for free, you won't subscribe to
the cow," National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg lamely quips in
his on-line column to induce people to subscribe to his silly magazine.
On the other hand, anyone with an Internet connection is able to read
many of National Review's right-wing rants for free. My question is,
when you can get an unlimited supply of free manure, why buy the bull?

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the
author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the
author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author
may be associated.

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