Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair
Canada is the only country in the world that could even hope to get away with this. The United States needs us as much, probably more, than we need them. In addition to that we have a long history of multi-lateral relationships that would cause and require others to come to our aid should we be threatened.
What about relations with the US? Economic relations? The fact that we are talking about the president of one of the most powerful nations in the world, a nation which happens to be your neighbor?
I'm not saying that it would be easy or that wouldn't be repercussions, just that those repercussions are worth the risk.
It is and isn't moot. Bush has diplomatic immunity on this official visit but he does not have diplomatic immunity should he come here on one of his fishing trips. We can also cancel that diplomatic immunity for future official visits as long as fair warning is given. That can be done for Bush and for other members of his government.
this is a moot thread, anyway - bush will have diplomatic immunity on his visit, will he not?
This visit is the perfect opportunity to break the news to him.
multi lateral agreements are useless! You would have been a teenager, do you remember the Falklands War? The US and Canada were wringing their hands hoping the clauses of the various agreements would not be called upon.
The Argentines wanted to invoke the Monroe Doctrine and Organization of American States Defence Treaty and ask the US for help in repelling the British Attach! The US did not want to help the Argentines who were clearly the aggressors and were scared if the British faiied in the attempt to retake the Falklands, the US might have to get involved under the NATO Treaty!
Military planners call this a no win situation since it would have forced us to pick sides. I still have my suspecisions that the old USSR was behinfd the whole thing to start a hot war and divide the European and American (Hemisphere) powers into camps and give an excuse to Start WW #3. Thank God, Maggie Thatcher got back her little islands, the War ended and that was it.
As far as grabbing Mr. Bush, you evidently have never been into a bar fight! Usually when a little guy tries to hit the bouncer, no one comes to the little drunk's aid! i could envision Canada with this US ex-Pres, with a full diplomatic hubris and learning these lessons quite quickly:
1. The Affront to American Pride would bring forth:
A. The rest of the world would whistle while Canada Burns.
B. Say I told you so! (i =other countries)
C. Say way to go Canada while giving lip service.
2. Diplomatic Lawyers would make a fortune. "Please pay us in Gold since the Looney will soon be worthless."
3. The US invades and annexes Canada and makes it part of Texas! Quebec is alllowed to form its own country!
4. Mr. Bush is released and Ross Perot is named Governor of Canada.