Entries by Peter Worthington from 03/2012

Hillary's Hands-Off Approach to Syria: Spot-On

| Posted 03.01.2012 | Canada

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the world on the crisis in Syria, and basically said it is up to Syrians to solve their problem with the Assad regime. Once military action is involved, the dynamics of any crisis change, and consequences are invariably unpredictable. And usually disappointing.

Why No One Can Stop Israel From Bombing Iran

| Posted 03.02.2012 | Canada

When Israel has been threatened in the past, the outside world (friendly and unfriendly) has urged restraint and to not to take direct action. Invariably, in such cases, the outside world has been wrong. Had Israel taken such advice in the past, it probably would not exist today.

Grieving Over the Ghosts of Championships Past

| Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada

How can it be, I wondered, that the largest, most vibrant city in Canada has difficulty getting a professional team into the playoffs, much less winning all the marbles?

What Rush (and Others) Could Learn from Rae about Saying Sorry

| Posted 03.06.2012 | Canada

So far it's been a year of dirty campaigning, but what stands out are the apologies. Bob Rae did the gracious thing, and reversed taking swipes at Vic Toews and the government, and John Baird apologized to the NDP. Rush Limbaugh could learn a lesson about saying sorry from these guys.

Putin: The Devil We Know

| Posted 03.07.2012 | Canada

From a Western point of view, no other candidate in the race would have been preferable to Putin. We know him, he knows us, and neither faction is likely to miscalculate with regards to the other. Putin seems the only leader on the horizon with the necessary resolve, know-how, and ruthlessness to make the country work.

Mitt's SloMo Race to Victory

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Canada

What's remarkable about Romney is these primaries, is how he can be lagging disastrously in some states, and then in the last week or 10 days before the primary, surge to overcome a 15-point deficit (as in Ohio) and win by a narrow margin. But a win is a win -- 72% to 12% in Massachusetts is no greater a win than 38%-37% win in Ohio.

World Ends With a Bang Because of a Whimper

| Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada

The trouble is, the Iranian leadership is not Pakistani, nor Indian, nor like any other nuclear regime. If Iran has nuclear weapons, one can be assured that some terrorist organization will also get access to them. What if Hamas had an Iranian-made nuclear device?

They Now Drop the Puck Where We Used to Drop Artillery

| Posted 03.10.2012 | Canada

It's unlikely that Don Cherry has ever heard of it, even though it's the sort of thing that would appeal to his sense of history: rough, tough, no frills, no tears, and lots of guts.

Canadian Sub Program Belongs in Octopus's Garden

| Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada

We had no submarines in WWII, but still sank 27 U-boats. Post war, we bought Oberon class subs from the British, which again, had difficulty functioning properly. Most were decommissioned soon after purchase. The Onondaga, last of the Oberons, was sold for a pittance to become a museum in Rimouski.

Racism, Doggie-Style

| Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada

Currently, Ontario legislation identifies Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, and "a dog that has the appearance . . . substantially similar to any of those dogs," warrant being banned, or killed. To put the above in human terms, that's akin to deciding guilt on the basis of appearance, not behaviour: It's a Ku Klux Klan law.

Post Afghanistan Massacre, A Lesson for U.S. and Syria

| Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada

One message that resonates loud and clear over the U.S. soldier who flipped his lid in Afghanistan and murdered 16 people, is that the U.S. should avoid at all costs getting involved in the Syrian rebellion. And why should they? Let the Syrians get rid of their oppressor. America may help pick up the pieces, but the last thing it needs or wants is another war.

Suing the Tobacco Industry? Smoke and Mirrors

| Posted 03.15.2012 | Canada

Finally, a long-delayed class-action suit has reached the courts in Quebec, where a couple of million smokers are suing the tobacco industry. Surely a tobacco user should bear some responsibility for the disease or affliction that hits him because he refused to stop smoking, or was so addicted that he (or she) hadn't the will or stamina to quit?

The Integrity Commissioner Lacks ... Well, Integrity

| Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada

We've been told a regional manager at Human Resources misused public funds to buy massage chairs disguised as office supplies, faked his expense accounts, took home flat screen TVs, was guilty of gross mismanagement, and of bullying his staff. Nice guy, eh?

Canada Fails at Helping the Ukraine

| Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada

Last week Ottawa held a conference to discuss the state of democracy and freedom in Ukraine. Absent from the Canadian Standing Committee was Liberal MP Chris Alexander, former diplomat in Moscow who understands Russia-Ukraine relations better than the whole Harper Cabinet and NDP caucus.

With or Without Kony, Child Soldiers Are on the March

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada

Though the Kony 2012 threw them into the spotlight, there's nothing new or unusual about child soldiers. Ask any Canadian veteran who faced units of Hitler Youth towards the end of WWII, and you get an idea of how dangerous these kids were, how fearless and ferocious. Sometimes the only way to deal with them is to kill them.

Is the New York Times Afraid of Islam?

| Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada

The New York Times recently ran a full page ad attacking Catholicism and urging people to "consider quitting the Catholic Church." When Pam Geller submitted a mimicking ad about Islam, the Times refused to run it.

What is So "Humane" About Humane Societies?

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Canada

It may come as a shock to many that the "new" improved Toronto Humane Society (THS) is viewed by a leading defender of animals as a "Kill Shelter." This, after the celebrated 2009 "raid" by the OSPCA on the THS that resulted in new management and (presumably) greater care of animals.

Time to Put a Nail in Lenin's (Public) Coffin?

| Posted 03.23.2012 | Canada

Today there's a growing mood in Russia to remove Lenin's preserved corpse from display in a tomb on Red Square, and bury him under a mass of concrete. Younger generations of Russians want what the West has, thumb their nose at tradition, have confidence in themselves, are wary of authority, and couldn't care less about Lenin.

The Jays' Underdog Status May Win Them the Playoffs

| Posted 03.24.2012 | Canada

If the Jays do make the playoffs, no matter who they are matched against, I'd not bet against them. I think (hope) they are one of those teams that are comprised of players who thrive on adversity and achieve more than their individual talents warrant.

"Pull Her By the Ear, Beat Her By Hand or Stick"

| Posted 03.27.2012 | Canada

The 160-page book, A Gift for Muslim Couple, is rumoured to be sold out in an Islamic book store in Canada and seems more Monty Python than something that borrows from the Quran or sayings of Muhammad. In fact, it is based on dictums of Sharia law which is no laughing matter.

Trayvon Martin's Death Is About Bloody Murder, Remember?

| Posted 03.27.2012 | Huffington Post

The shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida is now a full-blown, international racial incident of the type the election of Barack Obama was supposed to defuse. Events are spiraling out of control, and who knows the eventual outcome? Meanwhile, what about Zimmerman, the vigilante shooter?

Canada's Largest Social Housing Project Favours the Rich?

| Posted 03.29.2012 | Canada

The focus of the fuss over the Regent Park revitalization is that Councillor Pam McConnell snagged one of the prime, 1,200-square foot condos for $400,000-plus, while many former residents were moved out with the assurance that they could return -- a promise that was reneged on.

Iran: How to Behead the Threat

| Posted 03.30.2012 | Canada

One way to persuade Iran to abandon efforts to develop nuclear weapons would be to assassinate Iran's leadership. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the symbol of Iran's nuclear intentions, and if he were to vanish, it's likely the goals of the replacement regime would be different. Better than launching another war.