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Editor’s Notes

As others see us . . .
The Sunday Telegraph, a conservative
British newspaper salutes Canada

Kevin Myers writes, “Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.  And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.” — 798 words.

Wary Iranian UN ambassador urges
George W. to heed his own advice

Javad Zarif, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations. writes in The International Herald Tribune, “Before the United States invaded Iraq on false pretexts nearly four years ago, the overwhelming view of analysts and diplomats was that war would plunge the region and the world into greater turmoil and instability. Echoing the views of my colleagues from the region and beyond, I told the Security Council on February18, 2003, that while the ramifications of the war could go beyond anyone's calculations, "one outcome is almost certain: Extremism stands to benefit enormously from an uncalculated adventure in Iraq." — 852 words.

‘Sticks and stones can break our bones,
but words can really hurt us’

Joseph S. Nye Jr., professor of international relations at Harvard, writes in the International Herald Tribune, “Britain recently banned the words "war on terrorism." Late last year, the Foreign Office told cabinet ministers and British diplomats to stop using the phrase. According to the London Observer, the shift marks a turning point in British political thinking and underlines the growing gulf between British and American approaches to the continuing problem of violent Islamic militants. Why would America's major ally, a country with troops fighting alongside us in Iraq and Afghanistan, take such an action?” — 779 words

Bush gang fails to make case
to justify attack on Iran

The long-awaited Baghdad briefing had plenty of props. There were two tables stacked with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, a PowerPoint slide show and, perhaps most importantly, a particularly nasty weapon known as an EFP, or explosively formed penetrator. A trio of American military officials led the show. Their mission: rolling out the administration’s case that Iran is supporting attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. . . . But if their job was to provide proof of Tehran’s involvement in Iraq’s bloodshed, they’re unlikely to convince the doubters with what was shown Sunday, February 11, 2007. — 1007 words.

Fatherly advice . . .

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

The far north has both Kabloona and Kabloonamuit

Kabloona is an Inuit word for white Canadians who live in the far north. And Kabloonamuit, which means “people of the white man” is the word for those Inuit who try to imitate white people and their ways.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright,  True North's  Doctor of Punology, says, “The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

Michael Garvin, True North’s Doctor of Hintology says, “Don’t sell your house just because you’ve got a door with squealing hinges. Don’t burn the place down. Forget the sledgehammer. Just buy a can of vegetable oil spray. Canola will do. Spray it on the hinges and presto(!) the annoyance is gone.” Need a hint? Ye need but ask to receive. Professor Michael Garvin will be happy to oblige.

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