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    Canada Rules Out Joining Bush's War on Iraq

    Canada rules out joining solo U.S. attack on Iraq Reuters

    By David Ljunggren

    OTTAWA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - After months of hesitation, Canada finally made it clear on Tuesday that it has no intention of contributing to a U.S.-led attack on Iraq that has not been blessed by the United Nations Security Council. U.S. President George W. Bush has said that if the U.N. backs away from the idea of authorizing force to disarm Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, he is prepared to wage war with like-minded allies in what he calls a "coalition of the willing".

    Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, wary of antagonizing the country's most important military ally and trading partner, has, until now, consistently declined to rule out contributing forces to such a coalition. But on Tuesday he told Parliament that Canada would not join an unsanctioned campaign. "We have not been asked and we do not intend to participate in a group of the willing," he said in reply to a question asking whether Canada would join Bush's "coalition of willing countries" in an attack on Iraq. "The policy of the government is very clear. If there has to be military activity in Iraq, we want it to be approved by the U.N. Security Council," he continued.

    In a speech last week in Chicago, Chretien strongly urged Bush to tackle the Iraq crisis solely through the United Nations. "If they (the Americans) want to go there all alone, they can go there all alone, but we say they must go with the authorization of the United Nations. If they don't, the international system of peace and security will probably be more destabilized than it need be," he said on Tuesday. Chretien and his senior ministers have consistently said that if the United Nations does sanction an assault on Iraq, Canada will take part.

    Whether Canada's over-stretched armed forces could contribute much is questionable, since last week Ottawa announced it would send up to 2,000 troops for a year to take part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission based in Kabul. The right-wing Canadian Alliance opposition party and other conservative critics accuse Chretien of damaging Canada's traditionally close ties with the United States by not lining up more closely alongside Bush. But Chretien is facing unrest inside his own Liberal Party over the issue and is well aware that polls show a large majority of Canadians oppose the idea of joining a U.S.-led attack outside the auspices of the United Nations.

    Foreign Minister Bill Graham on Tuesday reiterated the government's view that Iraq did not have much time left to demonstrate compliance with U.N. resolutions calling on it to get rid of any weapons of mass destruction. Earlier in the day Canadian officials rapped what they described as "unacceptable" limitations imposed upon U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq.

    #2
    Canada is part of that "old world" you know if we accept ever changing American terminology.

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      #3
      way to go Jean
      charah saazon se alag hai mayar mera kay main
      zakham khaaonga tou kuch aur nikhar jaaonga

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        #4
        its about time!
        - I swear to drunk I am not God :-/

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          #5
          Does Canada even have a military?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Stu:
            Does Canada even have a military?
            Tsk tsk...sour grapes.

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              #7
              Well if Canada doesn;t go, I am sure the Pakistanis or the Bangladeshis will be there for the cleanup. No problem..And Stu, Canada does have a military. They however don;t have a navy.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Chaltahai:
                They however don;t have a navy.
                What the heck? Of course we have a navy. Ever heard of the Maritime provinces, ever heard of the units based in Halifax, Nova Scotia ? i guess not, although frigates from there are on routine patrol around the Arabian sea (as part of enforcing the embargo). Canada even contributed, immediately after 9-11, towards the 'campaign against terrorism' at the request of American officials. Hey if the US doesn't want (or need) our help, then don't ask for it and don't criticize Canada when we refuse to join a war not sanctioned by the United Nations.

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                  #9
                  Nadia, do you have a humorous bone in the body? Come on Girl!!


                  Canada Warship Seizes Tanker in Arabian Sea" -- Reuters, Feb. 8, 2002

                  CANADIAN WARSHIP SEIZES TANKER IN... WAIT...
                  CANADA HAS A WARSHIP?
                  Oh Right, and Switzerland Has Nuclear Weapons

                  Arabian Sea (SatireWire.com) Canadian television reported Friday that a Canadian warship in the Arabian Sea had seized a tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iraq, leading many to suspect that the report was a hoax.


                  The Halifax Class frigate Vancouver.
                  Honest.
                  "You're kidding, right? Canada has a warship?" asked U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Like for war?

                  "Does Canada know?" he added.

                  "Nobody was more stunned than we were," said Kali Omari, first mate of the seized vessel. "We saw this frigate steaming toward us, and we were worried, but then we saw the maple leaf on the flag, and we thought, 'Oh, Canadians. What the hell do they want?'"

                  When an officer of the HMCS Vancouver announced that the tanker was about to be boarded, the crew of the detained ship was confused, said Omari, but their confusion quickly turned to anger when they saw what the Canadians sailors were carrying.

                  "They were armed. With guns," said Omari. "Canadians. With guns. And a warship. What is this world coming to?"

                  "They were pretty rude, too," Omari added. "They started asking us all sorts of questions, like 'Where did that oil come from?' But first we wanted to know who gave them the damn warship."


                  According to Canadian defense officials, the Vancouver is one of four frigates deployed in the region to assist in the U.S.-led Afghanistan conflict. The tanker was stopped, officials said, because its cargo of crude oil violated United Nations sanctions, which prohibit Iraq from selling oil unless in exchange for food and medicine.

                  The U.N. said the incident is already under investigation, and promised swift action against those found responsible for giving the Canadians guns. Initial findings indicate that the Vancouver crew may have been watching too many American television shows.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Nadia_H:
                    What the heck? Of course we have a navy. Ever heard of the Maritime provinces, ever heard of the units based in Halifax, Nova Scotia ? i guess not, although frigates from there are on routine patrol around the Arabian sea (as part of enforcing the embargo). Canada even contributed, immediately after 9-11, towards the 'campaign against terrorism' at the request of American officials. Hey if the US doesn't want (or need) our help, then don't ask for it and don't criticize Canada when we refuse to join a war not sanctioned by the United Nations.
                    Nadia . And we shouldn't forget the success of our Canadian Joint Task Force (special forces) in Afghanistan in direct combat. Although our Navy may be small, our troops are highly trained, and very capable.
                    'Music is a moral law. It gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.' -- Plato

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                      #11
                      Fret Wizard, Yes, true, i think. Albeit our navy is small but it tries to make do with the resources that are given to it by the government.

                      If the US doesn't need Canadian services, then that's great. Saves us the time and money from having to go and assist our southern neighbour (when we don't even get credit for it anyways).

                      Chretien's stance vis-a-vis Iraq is great, although i would prefer that he not endorse a war even if it is sanctioned by the UN.

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                        #12
                        ChaltaHai: Stop bothering the Canadian army...it might start crying.

                        master ji master ji, woh jo chalta hai na, ussne meri navy..err dawaat se Toba le liya hai.

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                          #13
                          I heard that there are a lot of Canadian Frigates, especially in the Toronto area. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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                            #14
                            Excuse my lack of knowledge about the Canadian culture.....what is Frigates?

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                              #15
                              Channji: Are we also to excuse your lack of insights into the Seinfeld culture? Not that there is anything wrong with that...EH!

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