Friday, May 19, 2006


Is the Worm Turning?

First we have the Senate pass a bill that states English is the "national language."

Even over overheated claims by the Democratic leader Reid that it was "racist."

Then we have Howard the Prime Minister of Australia addressing the newly-conservative parliament of Canada saying things like this:
Australian prime minister addresses packed Commons, lauds U.S.

Howard, the first foreign leader to visit Canada since Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives took office, delivering a rousing speech to a joint session of Parliament in which he lavished praise on the United States as a global power, lauded an alternative to the Kyoto protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, and cautioned that nuclear non-proliferation shouldn't be used to hinder Canada and Australia's uranium industries.

"Australia, as you know, is an unapologetic friend and ally of the United States," Howard told a Commons chamber that's heard all-too-frequent criticism of Washington in recent years.

Fresh from a visit to the White House, Howard told a chamber packed with Tory MPs, staffers, lobbyists and party functionaries - but noticeably light on Liberal Opposition MPs - that the U.S. "has been a remarkable power for good in the world.

"And the decency and hope that the power and purpose that the United States represent in the world is something we should deeply appreciate," Howard said to sustained applause.
Howard, picking up on the theme, told the Commons that "terrorism will not be defeated by nuancing our foreign policy.

"Terrorism will not be defeated by rolling ourselves into a small ball and going into a corner and imagining that somehow or other we will escape notice."

He also cautioned U.S.-bashers.

"For those around the world who would want to see a reduced American role in the affairs of our globe, I have some quiet advice. That is, be careful of what you wish for. Because a retreating America will leave a more vulnerable world."
Then, Canada's new government did this:
The Conservative Defence Minister intervened personally to stop the Royal Military College of Canada from awarding an honorary degree tomorrow to a retired American general who has been highly critical of the Bush administration.

Gordon O'Connor ordered officials at RMC, the Canadian Forces' training academy for officers, not to award a doctorate in defence studies to U.S. General Anthony Zinni.

"Our original plan was to give an honorary degree to Gen. Zinni at this week's convocation ceremonies," John Cowan, the principal of RMC, told the National Post. "That plan has since been revised.... There were concerns in Ottawa about the timing."
Are things looking rosier in the Anglosphere?

In spite of years of determined effort by the disloyal media-entertainment complex?


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