Personally I think Canada should adopt the Swedish model of military neutrality. Works for them, why not us?
Swiss men are required to keep a fully automatic assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at home........(
I don't know if the details are right, but I do agree that the government has something in mind for us. It's quite clear that Russia has nothing to do with this; it's just being used as an excue.
To say you would simply take this incident to the UN, or demand an apology, or shoot the Russian planes out of the sky if it happens again or suspect the whole story is fabricated for the US news media is proof positive that you are basking in the knowledge that if push came to shove you have the evil USA to protect you. Do you honestly think you would be so cavalier and holier than thou if you had to stand on your own? Not a chance. It is the US that allows you to keep your head low and blend in with your surroundings. It's not your people, not your weather, not your food or anything other than your unique geographical circumstances next to us.
Hellooooooo. This type of thing happens every few days and Canada has been flying training missions with the Russians for many years now. As the news companies start to crash as they are now, you are going to find more and more bull****t stories in the news everyday to expand customer base to include the Inquirer types who believe this crap as truth. Pick up a copy of JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY and find out what really goes in the in the military industry.
Are you then willing to take up military service? The Swiss have universal male military service, required. Not only that, Swiss men are required to keep a fully automatic assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at home........(gasp), and to spend a significant amount of their time in training exercises.....and up until very recently, you had to qualify with your rifle before you were allowed to vote.
That is why women in Switzerland only got the vote in the 1970s.....because service to the nation was seen as a prerequisite to having a voice.....
Watch out what you wish for.....
It does work for the Swiss. The last time they fought was in the Napoleonic Wars, when Bonapart passed through on his way to Italy. That was 200 years ago......what other nation can say that? Especially one that has twice in the last 100 years been an island of peace in a sea of warring nations.....the Germans wanted to invade in WWII, but estimated it would cost them 800,000 casualties.....and dropped the idea.
Suckers.....I'm going to make a fortune off this BS play and so are a lot of others.
You are being played!
The North Pole is not ... repeat NOT ... Canadian territory. If you're so brilliant, look at a map. Two questions:
1/...Is there any land within 12 miles?
2/...Do you even know where the North Pole is?
Northwest Passage? That can be argued ... and claimed as Canadian water.
I'm not opposed to conscription, but would rather avoid it if necessary. But if we're going to be apart of a confrontational alliance designed to divide the world into 'us' and 'them', then I'd rather no alliance even if it means conscription. Ideally, though, a world alliance would be preferable whereby all nations promise to defend any nation that is wrongfully attacked, with open membership to the alliance rather than an 'us' against 'them' mentality.
And as for conscription, Sweden does allow for two levels of conscientious objection:
1. To combat duties. You still have to join the military, but they do have a non-combat branch comprising unarmed nurses, communications, firefighters, etc.
2. To all parts of the militaty, for those who oppose even so much as being a part of the military.
Personally, I do agree with conscription if necessary, but only when necessary; but as far as conscientious objection is concerned, I don't know if it would be a good idea to guarantee it. I could see conscientious objectors being the last to be conscripted, and if they must be conscripted, to be given first dibs to non-compbat roles. But to guarantee them the right to refuse to join the military would be going too far in my opinion.
Unfortunately, until human nature changes, or the bad guys get good (see previous phrase)....."confrontational alliances" are a necessity.
Personally, I'd like to see an easing away from NATO in favour of an economic and military alliance of the English-speaking world.....Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, India.........we have a lot in common, and much worth preserving.......whereas Europe appears to be going to Hell in a handbasket.
I never said any thing about the pole and the NWP is far far to the south of our most northern lands.
Guess who made the maps you refer to?
Canada is part of "Space Command" and if we put a sattelite over the pole we can more easily stake our claim against this dug out of the closet Russia excuse....
I wonder if those that reject consciption on moral grounds are still allowed to vote???
The Swiss are an interesting society.