When you live next door to a paranoid colossus, it is hard not to get drawn into its fantasy life. Canada has for some months been pondering how to go about generating its own "no fly" list to keep dangerous people off airplanes. Canadian papers now report that the country is making progress -- though its anxious neighbor isn't likely to cheer their results.
Somehow I don't think my U.S. government is going to be happy with such a display of sanity. After all, as the Boston Globe pointed out in a recent editorial on the Bushies' "security" theater:
Meanwhile, somehow the U.S. no fly list keeps extending its tentacles into Canadian life, despite the government's careful deliberations.
Now they are screening evacuees from the Israeli assault on Lebanon (which has killed 8 Canadians.) According to the Ottawa Citizen:
Hell of a time to learn you have one of the thousands of names mistakenly included on the list as the rescue ship pulls away...