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The Amerikanization of Canada?
« on: 2006-12-02 09:59:17 »
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If Michael Ignatieff is elected as the leader of Canada's Liberal Party then it seems that like the USA, Canada too will soon have only to make a choice between the religious right wing and the more religious right wing.

[Following quotes attributed to New York Times Magazine at CS Monitor which was my source for them.]

"The disagreeable reality ... is that there are some occasions - and Iraq may be one of them - when war is the only real remedy for regimes that live by terror."

"To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, even pre-emptive war.... The question is not whether we should ... but whether we can keep lesser evils under the control of free institutions."

"[America] is the last nation left whose citizens don't laugh out loud when their leader asks God to bless the country and ... further its mighty work of freedom."

And one of Michael Ignatieff's assertions may come to seem prescient:

"Congress failed to put the ... case for war to adversarial scrutiny and debate. The news media allowed itself to be managed and browbeaten. The war may or may not bring democracy to Iraq ... but it hasn't done democracy any good at home."
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