Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Punching Way Above Their Weight Class

I have often made fun of our neighbors to the north, the Canadians, who have the second largest nation in the world (mainly wind blown icy rocks and bare dirt), about 32 million people, most of them very polite, and combined armed forces with a total of 62,000. In case you can't tell, that's way, way too small. 170,000 would seem a minimum. They have relied on us to protect them for a couple of generations now and used the 'remora' benefit of not having to use much of their tax revenues on the military to build hockey rinks or something.

But the Canucks, if that's not a pejorative term, are with our brave NATO allies in Afghanistan where nearly the only troops who venture out from their redoubts are English speaking--Brits, Aussies, US and the Canadians. And the Canadians have been doing a good job. Really quite respectable. Well done, lads. Nice goal, eh?


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