Entries by Peter Worthington from 01/2012

Military Believe-it-or-Not

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada

Military history is replete with oddities and trivia. How many casual history buffs of the U.S. Civil War know that U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant would become enraged at horse abuse, while committing Union soldiers to die in droves attacking the Confederates because he knew attrition was on the North's side?

The Ongoing Anguish of Romeo Dallaire

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada Politics

It's only since Afghanistan that Canadians as a people have become appreciative of what their military has done on their behalf. In past wars or UN missions, what soldiers endured largely went unnoticed at home. The fact that it gnaws at Dallaire indicates that he may not understand soldiering the way others do.

Could Ron Paul Re-Elect Obama?

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Canada Politics

Ron Paul is a classic spoiler. No one is sure what he's likely to do. Perhaps not even himself. Maybe it hinges on how seriously he wants Barack Obama replaced as president, because if decides to run as an independent or whatever, Obama's chances for re-election sky-rocket.

The Lady was a Champ

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Canada Politics

There are those who think -- and I am one of them -- that Maggie Thatcher rates as Britain's greatest PM of the past century. Perhaps the greatest ever. Conventional wisdom would side with Churchill in that role, but he was a wartime leader who saved his country from Hitler.

How to Avoid Jury Duty

| Posted 01.11.2012 | Canada

I said I had been an acquaintance and had maintained contact with [serial killer] Clifford Olson for over 20 years; that I considered myself a friend of Leonard Peltier, who was serving a life for the murder of two FBI agents; and I was a friend of the late Laurie ["Bambi"] Bembenk who had been convicted of murder.

St-Denis is No Saint

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Politics

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae implies Lise St-Denis switch to the Liberals is an act of principle and conviction. Phooey. If anything, it seems an act of opportunism because the NDP is going nowhere in Quebec. Anyone who thinks the NDP won't lose seats in Quebec in the next federal election is smoking something that is illegal.

Why Canadians Should Ignore Syria

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Canada Politics

What to do about Syria? It's a valid question, about which there is no valid answer. Perhaps a better question would be, is there anything we (meaning the developed or civilized world) wants to do? The outside world is neither policeman nor colonizer. Syria wouldn't be the pushover Libya was, and if we became involved it could well boomerang when democracy doesn't occur, and a different tyranny ensues.

Haiti's Legacy of Corruption More Damaging than Earthquake

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada
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Even before the earthquake, Haiti got more humanitarian aid than any other country. Haiti's endemic dependency on foreign aid, and its legacy of corruption is a malignancy that still holds the country back from recovery.

North Korean Mourners: They Laughed Until They Were Jailed

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada

According to a South Korean publication, Daily NK, "[North Korean] authorities are handing down six-month sentences in a labor-training camp to those who didn't participate in gatherings to mourn the death of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il." The same sentence is dished out to those who did attend organized grief sessions, "but didn't weep hard enough, or faked their tears, or didn't seem genuine."

The Spy Who's Still Out in the Cold

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada

What, one wonders, are the "secrets" S/Lt. Deslisle would be handing off or peddling to the Russians? We don't have much of a navy these days, and telling the Russians (presuming Delisle was) which dry-dock our four aging submarines (that the British conned us into buying) are being repaired in, can't be a much of an espionage coup.

"Peace with Honour" is Another Way of Saying Defeat

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Regardless of one's outlook, it's pretty hard to see anything emerging from Afghanistan or the Middle East that doesn't represent defeat for America's foreign and military policy.

Republicans Should Save the Drama For Obama

| Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada Politics

The key question for most Republicans is which candidate is most likely to beat the President in November. Gingrich and Santorum (who did well in Thursday's debate) are in a struggle to depose Romney as front-runner -- which encourages the media to push the idea that a cliffhanger looms in today's vote. This may be wishful-thinking.

Forget Russia. Chinese Spies Are the Real Threat

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Politics

As far as Canada is concerned, Chinese industrial and social espionage is more active, intense, and threatening than the Russian version. Among our Chinese community, tales of Beijing's intrusion are more common than rare.

The Endless GOP Road Show

| Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada

It's often difficult to figure out who wins a political debate. And so it is with the seemingly endless road-show debates by the four contenders to be the Republican choice for president next November. If Romney didn't gain lustre on Monday, Gingrich certainly lost some -- even though he now leads Romney in Florida polls by an average of seven per cent.

Oh Please! Suspend Tim Thomas?!

| Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada

Boston Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas chose not to visit the White House with the rest of the team. Horrors! Can you imagine the uproar among Boston fans for even considering the foolishness of suspending the best goalie in hockey for a personal choice that has nothing to do with his professional life?

Why Canada Will Never Legalize Assisted Suicide

| Posted 01.25.2012 | Canada

Despite poll results that 67 per cent of Canadians support legalizing assisted suicide, it's unlikely to gain traction in North America in the near future. The reason: We aren't convinced those who would make life-death decisions would do so in the applicant's interests and not the bureaucracy's.

Whoever Wins Florida, at Least Fewer GOP Debates

| Posted 01.27.2012 | Canada Politics

Florida is for real -- involving two time zones and strong pockets of national security conservatives, social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. Perhaps the biggest change since South Carolina is the sudden fear -- and "fear" is not too strong a word -- among Republicans that Gingrich might seal the nomination.

Don't Discount Obama's "Luck Factor"

| Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada

Just how "good" at his job U.S. President Barack Obama is remains unclear. What isn't in dispute is that he can be lucky. At the moment his luck is spelled S-E-A-L.