I’m not sure if this is the correct forum for this, I don’t think it’s a General issue, it may be mundane and pointless, but this seems like the best place to post this.
I’m a Canadian. I’ve never been a citizen anywhere else, but during my 44 years of existence, I’d estimate I’ve spent at least 3 to 5 years on US soil either working or visiting.
The recent conflict in Iraq, and specifically Canada’s position on it has been the source of many discussions and arguments at work and after hours.
In every case, I never fail to run into someone who maintains that we, as a nation should have wholeheartedly endorsed the US position on this conflict and sent in troops to take part in the same way the UK did.
These people firmly believe that our failure to do so has somehow pissed-off our American friends.
I don’t believe this is correct.
I have gone out of my way to try and explain to these folks that our mistake was not so much in refusing to participate, but rather in our “sitting on the fence” response.
To make my point, I’ve used the following analogy:
If you invite me to a BBQ on the weekend, there are only two valid responses:
“Yes I’ll be there”, or “No, sorry I can’t make it.”
Either response should be acceptable.
But if I respond with:
“Yeah, I’ll be there, but only if my Astrologer thinks it’s a good idea.”
Well…you get the idea…It’s doubtful I’ll be invited to any future parties, right?
Anyway, my question to y’all is:
Am I right? Would we have been better off just stating a firm NO instead of our wishy washy response of waiting for the UN to tell us what to do?