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Friday, February 14, 2003

Oh Canada!

You're not trusted, Canadian Prime Minister Chretien tells U.S.

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, speaking in Chicago, tries to explain to Bush how his belligerency looks to the rest of the world, and why they might not like it.
"The price of being the world's only superpower is that its motives are sometimes questioned by others," Mr. Chrétien told his audience. "Great strength is not always perceived by others as benign. Not everyone around the world is prepared to take the word of the United States on faith."

The Prime Minister spoke just hours after U.S. President George W. Bush urged U.S. allies to "show backbone and courage in the face of true threats to peace and freedom."

You know what, Chretien just did!

PS: I see no mention whatsoever of Chretien's speech in either the New York Times or Washington Post web sites.
PPS: If you really dig for it, the Chicago Tribune has an article about Chretien's speech, but they don't mention the part quoted above, leaving the vague impression that Chretien is pretty much with Bush all the way.
PPPS: Thanks to Allan in Ottawa for sending me the link to the Globe & Mail article!