Friday, February 25, 2005
A day after opting out of the U.S. ballistic missile defense shield, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin reiterated Friday that Washington must get permission from Ottawa before firing on any incoming missiles over Canada.
"This is our airspace, we're a sovereign nation and you don't intrude on a sovereign nation's airspace without seeking permission," Martin said.
He is also wrong, by the way, as a matter of international law. If Russian bombers were flying over Canada toward Chicago, we would be within the law to engage them over Canadian airspace. If that were true in the case of enemy planes, which can be turned around, it must be true a fortiori of ballistic missles.
Fortunately, I'm not the only person who thinks that Paul Martin is a barking moonbat:
Stockwell Day, the Conservative Party's foreign affairs critic, laughed off Martin's demand that Washington would have to alert Ottawa before taking out an incoming missile.
"These missiles are coming in at 4 kilometers ( 2.5 miles) a second, and if the president calls the 1-800 line and gets: `Press 1 if you want English, press 2 if you want French, press 0 if nobody's there ...' I mean, it's crazy."
UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Canada Free Press is, er, not pleased.