This pretty much speaks for itself, which is good when you're trying to get back on the blog wagon for the first time in many months (from the globeandmail.com). I didn't want to bold the entire middle paragraph, but it is priceless.
Posted by anatole at September 28, 2006 11:03 AM
"The United States Coast Guard have started to patrol the Great Lakes with machine guns mounted on their vessels and are conducting live-ammunition training drills on the U.S. side to prepare officers to combat terrorists flooding across the border from Canada by boat." [emphasis added]
"'We're trying to be prepared in case something happens,' said a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Robert Lanier. 'I don't know what it is, but I know I want to be prepared for it when it happens. We need to conduct these live-fire exercises so we are prepared for whatever it may be. If we are not prepared for it, there are going to be questions about why we weren't prepared for it.'"
[...]"As for the shaky status of the world's longest undefended border, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambra Dickie, said that Canada and the United States signed a written agreement three years ago articulating that moves to arm U.S. law-enforcement vessels with light machine guns in U.S. jurisdiction do not violate the spirit of the treaty. That treaty, the argument goes, was drafted to ensure peace in the Great Lakes by forbidding weapons of war such as cannons on sailing ships.
'We don't have any cannons or rocket launchers or anything like that,' CPO Lanier said." [emphasis added]