Sunday, May 07, 2006

Our Border Problem.....


The only time I ever watch the cable news on television is when I'm travelling.

I mean, I do my best to avoid the bloody stuff, but the codswallop leaks out all over the place.

Especially in airports.

Which is where I caught a chunk of a CNN 'extra-special, no-trouble-in-Aruba, Katrina's-lost-its-ratings edge' feature on 'Vigilante Border Patrols' by Anderson Cooper this weekend.

Of course, Mr. Cooper focused much of his attention on the vigilantes collective desire to stomp illegal Mexican immigrants back to the stone age where they belong.

Which is kind of ironic when you to think about it because, if not for those immigrants, who would be stocking all that cheap ammo on the WalMart shelves and pouring all those 512 ounce bladder-expanding, grande-colossal super/mega Big Gulps that the vigilantes must have in vast quantities to successfully complete their round the clock stomp-a-thon?

I dunno.

But I do know that Mr. Cooper was dead wrong when he suggested that the porous Canadian border will soon lead to a deadly influx of toque-wearing, hockey stick carrying illegal immigrants of Northern European descent into the excited states.

Because I figure that the flow is all set to go the other way - from America to Canada.

And the great majority of the folks that are getting ready to run for their lives will be of a type that we have seen, and helped, before.

It is a group that US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan hopes Canada will continue to welcome with open arms.

"I'm just here begging the people of Canada to force your government, because your government works for you … because your government does not work for war profiteers, to allow our soldiers to have sanctuary up here," she said.

The so-called "Peace Mom" made headlines last year when she staged a month-long demonstration outside U.S. President George W. Bush's Texas ranch to protest the American occupation of Iraq.

Sheehan asked the federal government at a news conference in Ottawa Thursday to create a provision allowing military deserters to flee to Canada so they don't need to apply for refugee status on an individual basis.

Sheehan's 24-year-old son was killed five days after he began serving in Iraq in 2004.

I can only hope that we will continue to have the gumption to do the right thing, just like we did during the Vietnam War, but I fear 'The Appeaser', Mr. Stephen Harper, has other ideas.


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