Monday, November 29, 2010


I am torn over the recent wikileaks.

On the one hand they are private communiques. Would I like it if my emails, IM's, or text messages were made public? No. Who would.

Yes, they were from the government not an individual but why should that be any different? Hell, think of what we tell others about friends, family, co-workers, people we have interacted with. Would you want everything you said made public? Of course not.

On the other hand some of them are damn interesting as is the damage control. As are the people getting pissy about some of the leaked documents. :)

When it comes to the stuff released/mentioned about Canada so far is ... laughable. The comments about "knee-jerk anti-Americanism" by Canadians was made by ... a Canadian. Former CSIS head Jim Judd when talking with a US State Department official. The yanks didn't say it.

The other Canada related one floating around that makes me laugh hasn't even been released yet. There is a lot of speculation, or warning, that some of the as yet unreleased ones will contain talk about the "inferiority complex" of Canadians. Why not wait and see what it actually says and in what context before getting excited? Oh wait, that is a sign of an inferiority complex.

I am a Canadian and BOTH of those statements are TRUE to a degree. Canadians often have a knee jerk reaction about things that can be anti-American. Why that happens would be more interesting to look into than the fact that is appears in a US diplomatic cable. Also, many of us do have an inferiority complex when it comes to the US. Hell many Canadians actually define themselves as Canadian by saying it means they aren't American. Neither statement is a surprise.

If those are the worst things to be found related to Canada in the wikileaks then the US has nothing to worry about vis-a-vis the US and Canada.

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