Sunday, January 02, 2005

So, in conclusion, it's an optical illusion

Behold the pride of Canada, flickering remnant of the smug sense of global relevance and moral superiority: a special-forces military unit that can't be dispatched for its very specific mandate - disaster relief logistics - because the affected areas are too dangerous. They might be fired upon by local guerillas, y'know. Heaven knows we don't want them to have to fire back. I mean, yes, this would seem to be precisely the mission this unit was created for, and the classic Liberal slow-as-molasses response is unsurprising in any event, but the seemingly smoke-and-mirrors aspect of the unit itself is most troublesome. Our military used to be capable and competent enough to avoid such chicanery; not any more, I suppose.

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