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Lonely Planet (by Marie Cocco for Truthdig)
Lonely Planet

Posted on Apr 12, 2007
By Marie Cocco

WASHINGTONIn the goofy 1995 movie Canadian Bacon, a U.S. president beset by political problems brought on by the end of the Cold War cooks up the improbable idea of turning the American public against its amiable northern neighborbetter to have an enemy abroad than a restive electorate at home.

In the run-up to the invasion of Canada by an oddball band of provocateurs led by a Niagara Falls sheriff, the White House public-relations apparatus dreams up all sorts of reasons to, well, hate the Canadians. They are alleged to be excessively clean, annoyingly polite and as unnervingly bland as an Anne Murray song. And after all, the national security adviser points out, When have you ever heard anyone say, Honey, lets stay in and order Canadian food?

Well, when? For that matter, when do most Americans think of Canada as anything other than a frozen haven for winter sports, maple syrup and cheap prescription drugs?

The misconceptions and outright ignorance we have about Canada are surpassed only by our collective refusal to learn much about anywhere else in the worldunless, that is, Americans are at risk because of what many perceive as an incomprehensible animosity abroad. This American myopia is a trait that non-Americans find particularly grating.

Maybe all this is beside the point for a nation more titillated by the raunchy coverage of Anna Nicole Smiths death and the racist pratfalls of Don Imus. Despite a documented surge in interest in foreign news after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we seem to have fallen back into a bad habit. We carebrieflyabout the rest of the world when it experiences war, pestilence and natural disasters. And were especially attentive if Americans are dying in a military conflict or held hostage by ranting terrorists. ......(more)

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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-12-07 10:32 AM
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1. Having Lived Within an Hour of Canada Most of My LIfe
Travelled there, stayed there, and enjoyed it, worked with Canadians and Canadian emigrees, all I can say is that Canada is the nation we'd LIKE to be, if we weren't still fighting this stupid Civil War over and over again. Although the Free Quebec people are doing their best to split Canada, it still works a lot better than we have recently.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-12-07 12:13 PM
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2. Agreed....
As someone who's lived literally across the river from Canada, that country, and the Netherlands, are closer to my "ideal society" than any others.
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