Red Sky Wednesday December 14, 2005, 0 comments

Take warning.

I woke up this morning to the most spectacular sunrise I have EVER seen, in my entire life. It rivaled the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Of course, the cynic in me, often the most alert part of my mind, dropped an ominous sentence into the top of my mind: Sailor take warning.

Thankfully I’m not on a sailboat, or that nagging little superstitious part of me would have dragged itself out of its stupor and started pushing all those buttons that make people freak out when black cats scoot across the sidewalk in front of them. Nonetheless, I wonder what sort of day its going to be.

Not entirely related, but it dawned on me last night, after watching the American Ambassador to Canada hand out a strong “warning” to the Prime Minister of Canada, that the long standing American policy of interfering with other country’s democratic election system to suit itself is no longer just something that happens to small, third-world countries.

It happens to big ones too. I suspect the current US administration is trying to influence our election and help the Conservative party of Canada get elected. You see, the current Canadian government, which has been in power for more than a decade, is strongly anti-american. It did not support the “war on terror” and while it went out of its way to support the American people after the attacks on New York and Washington, it most it did not support the any military action against any oil-bearing middle-eastern countries.

The reasons for that war aside, the US administration made it clear to Canada that, in its mind, the Great White North existed solely at the whim of America. An undeclared economic war was waged, first against the Canadian beef industry, then against the Canadian Softwood industry. Maybe I’m just speculating, or so far off that I should be ignored. But it certainly doesn’t seem that way to Canadians.

All that aside, The Conservative Party of Canada is far more friendly to US foreign policy than the current Liberal party. The Washington Times called the Conservatives “pro Iraq war” and stated emphatically that should the party become elected, Canada would once again become America’s most friendly ally.

Of course, what the Americans might not have banked on is how strongly the Canadian distaste for the Bush administration is. I suspect these statements by the American Ambassador have more or less torpedoed the Conservative hope of toppling the Liberal government, and has probably destroyed the political career of creepy party leader Harper. Or maybe they did bank on it. Or maybe I need to take my tinfoil hat off, step outside, and enjoy the sunshine.

Red sky in the morning, indeed.


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