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Democratic Declaration of War

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Submitted by Bob Badour (Canada), Jan 25, 2006 at 10:48

If Canadians elected a governing party whose primary campaign platform was the invasion of the United States of America and the forceful murder or expulsion of all Americans, Canadians would expect Canada to gird for war.

After all, the election outcome would mandate invasion.

The hypothetical election outcome would constitute a de facto declaration of war, and Canadians would rightly expect their representatives to immediately begin the process of making de jure the expressed will of the people.

In the event of such an outcome, I would expect America to defend its border, and even to seize assets vital to the interests of the United States. I would expect America's Navy and Army, for instance, to occupy sufficient portions of Canada to secure the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Welland Canal, the James Bay Hydroelectric facilities, natural gas pipelines, etc. In short, I would expect the United States to oppress the Canadian will to harm America.

Canadians might object to the occupation, but those same Canadians would have already demanded their elected representatives pursue war thereby rendering moot any objections they might make.

The President and Congress have the moral and legal obligation to protect the security of America. Failure to protect the border and strategic assets would constitute a failure to meet the most basic of responsibilities with which the People of America entrusted them.

While one might object that the hypothetical election outcome is farfetched, I doubt many Americans or even Canadians would find fault with the subsequent logic.

It seems quite clear to me that a duly elected Hamas government gives Palestine the mandate to wage war and the elected leaders of Israel the moral and legal responsibility to take whatever measures are necessary to protect Israeli interests. Those who suggest otherwise dissemble because they too wish to harm Israel for whatever reason motivates them.
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