The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, March 28, 2003

Canadian Troops Operating in Iraq

... the National Post did run the story today, that it did. The troops that are working inside Iraq are probably a half-dozen Canadian officers that are with the British Marines on what would normally be an unremarkable troop-exchange program. Of course, this raises interesting questions, ones that have been lingering since Prime Minister Chr├ętien announced that Canada would not participate in a war on Iraq. If Canadian soldiers on personnel exchange are operating in Iraq, is Canada effectively at war with Iraq, or are we not because Canada has no control over these officers duuring the troop exchange? Beats the bejeezus out of me. The anti-war New Democrats have asked the Speaker of the House to rule on whether the Prime Minsiter is in contempt of Parliamnet for telling the House that he would not commit troops to the war, when, in fact, some Canadian tropps are technicaly participating. At least the Speaker is a walking Parliamentary rulebook -- he had a subscription to Hansard (the official record of what was said in Parliament) when he was a teenager. And I thought that I was weird when I was in my teens...
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