Unauthorized incursion into their airspace does not make good neighbors

27 Feb

On Thursday, I mentioned that Canada doesn't think the Missile Shields make good neighbors. Today, I came across a better illustration of the point:

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.

This was in response to comments by the US Ambassador that the US was going to fire its missiles without or without Canada's participation. I'm glad Canada is taking a stand against unilateral action, which Canada knew the US was going to take either way. As a side note, when the Prime Minister of Canada says something that is important enough to write about, the headline of the story shouldn't refer to him as "top offical." He the fricken PM, he deserves the extra two characters it takes to say that.

Link: Top official: U.S. can't fire missile without OK

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