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Wednesday, October 30, 2002

UNFRIENDLY NEIGHBORS?
What's a deportation or two among friends? Well, plenty, according to Canada, which issued a once-in-a-blue-moon travel advisory for some of its citizens regarding the United States.

This is basically a protest by Ottawa over the ham-handed way in which the U.S. is handling its homeland "security". It's a joke. The only criteria being used is the color of a person's skin, their dress, or their language. I realize no one likes to call it racism, but that's what it boils down to. And when the next terrorist action happens, the only reaction will be to redouble these ineffective measures.

Since the end of World War II, Canada has often been described as being the conscience and apologist for American foreign policy. I'd say this role is being reprised. Whether it has any effect, we'll have to see.

Update: Well, that was quick. The U.S. today said it would ease up on the treatment. Of course, saying it and actually doing it are two different things. We'll see. And we'll see if this leads to some retrenchment in a general sense domestically.