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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Your Northwest Passage is on top of my oil!

Have you seen the news item about Canada getting more aggressive about claiming the Arctic and, most especially, the Northwest Passage? The conservative and Conservative Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, went up there recently to establish a military base in the Arctic. This move is to assert Canada’s rights over the region. It’s just a coincidence that Russia recently sent a submarine to drop a Russian flag at the bottom of the ocean. Oh, but wait ... there are more countries involved. U.S., Norway, and Denmark are all competing for subsurface rights. Why?

O-I-L ... lots and lots of O-I-L.

Now, how did your Northwest Passage get on top of my oil? -- G. Bush

This just in:

"The U.S. military has begun handing out decks of cards with pictures of the most wanted men in Stephen Harper's regime. There are 55 cards and they're handing them out so people can identify them.”

From CNN:
Last month, Harper announced that six to eight new patrol ships will be built to guard the Northwest Passage sea route in the Arctic, which the United States insists does not belong to Canada.

U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins has criticized Harper's promise to defend the Arctic, calling the Northwest Passage "neutral waters."
However, it's not that Switzerland kinda neutral ... if ya know what I mean.

If you want to read the entire article, click here.

I find much about this interesting ... for example, Stephen Harper is a conservative and he’s bucking Bush on this one. A nice surprise. At least for Ms. Manitoba. (Never underestimate how much Bush pisses off all kinds of people in the whole wide world.)

And, of course, no one has mentioned those folks who are truly the rightful “owners” ... the First Nation peoples of the Northwest Territories.

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