Up-coming, Canada Quandary ...
Every so often, something especially surprising shows up on This Old Brit's rickety old radar screen -- even if it appears it's avoided dectection by much more modern model's monitors.
Here's a headline that hasn't exactly had hoards of reporters and/or bloggers banging on about it. Unless anyone here knows different of course.
Canada makes show of force over disputed Arctic territory
By David Usborne in New York
Published: 24 August 2005
Can't say I can recall at all, Canada calling out it's warships before. Can you?
Three Canadian warships were steaming through Arctic waters as Ottawa displayed a new and almost bellicose determination to protect the sovereignty of its northernmost boundaries.
Dear, dear, dear -- it appears it's actually an Arctic-aggro alarm. And according to the Canadians this whole conflict-quandary-caboodle is all down to those darned Danes from Denmark. Hmm. And we all thought that Vikings had vanished, eh?.
... a tiny island that has become the subject of diplomatic head-butting between Canada and Denmark. Both claim the barren rock, named Hans Island.
But wait, there's more.
.... with the melting of polar ice providing access for shipping, the government is anxious about possible territorial rivalries with Norway, Russia and the United States as well as Denmark.
Global warming's set to strike in more mysterious ways than most had ever imagined, it seems. Take a quick peek at this.
The melting ice, attributed to global warming, could even open the legendary North-west Passage, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific, to shipping. Canada and Russia are at odds over areas of the continental shelf in the region, with its potentially important mineral and oil deposits.
Meanwhile, the United States wants the Passage to be under international, not Canadian, control. There are also fears of clashes with the US over riches beneath the Beaufort Sea which extends northwards from the coasts of both Canada and Alaska.
It's said it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Well, if this doesn't sound like there's a distinct chilling in the North American air -- I wonder what does?
At first glance this story might seem sort of funny. At second ...... well, we'll simply have to wait and see.
Ottawa is to launch a satellite to orbit above the Arctic to monitor shipping.
Add an aerial alarm to that aqua alarm. What in the world is really going on here?
You may well ask.
There are also fears of clashes with the US over riches beneath the Beaufort Sea which extends northwards from the coasts of both Canada and Alaska.
Get the full story at the UK's Independent :