Oh no. If you thought that Stephen Harper's bumbling Cons had shamed us enough in the eyes of the world, wait until they stage this noisy pantomime.
The mock village, complete with a small souk and peopled by nearly a dozen Afghan actors, will be created in the courtyard of the Canadian embassy, halfway between the Capitol and the White House. A handful of Canadian soldiers and, Col. Martin hopes, U.S. Marines will arrive to “see the village leader” just as the IED blows up, “critically injuring” at least one Afghan, who will get immediate first aid from a Canadian medic.
Because let's face it, whether you support the war or not, when the American media get a hold of this one they'll be laughing at us all the way from Choogabooga to Uzbekistan.
And that's if things go right. If the sound of explosions echoing through the city doesn't cause mass panic. Or passing motorists don't see men running around dressed like Bin Laden, stop their cars, and open fire on the "terrorists."
And then the Americans will take a closer look at what we're doing in Afghanistan compared to what they're doing. And wonder what this blowhard is talking about:
“If this works the way I want it to, more Americans will know what Canada is doing in Afghanistan,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Martin, a military attaché at the Canadian embassy.
“Unfortunately there are still a lot of Americans … who don't know about how great the Canadian commitment is,”
When we've got about 3,000 troups there and they've got 60,000. And we're pulling out while they're staying FOREVER.
But what bothers me almost as much as this cringing display of our national inferiority complex, or the waste of money, is how tacky it's going to look. So in the interest of saving some face I'd like to suggest a few ways to make this exercise a little more realistic.
(1) Bring in a bunch of real Afghan police officers, so they can stop traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue and demand money from the drivers.
(2) Fly over a real warlord so he can set up a scary but educational exhibit with the skulls of his enemies. While offering handy tips on how to grow opium...and how to beat your
(3) Provide some much needed musical entertainment, by hiring a genuine arm fart musician to play for the guests ...
Because if that doesn't work, the next time you travel to the United States.
Forget all that stuff about Canada being a proud nation.
And don't forget to pack your bags...
Oh Harper you klown what have you done to us?
And when can we give you the HOOK?