In a column in the Globe and Mail, concerning whether or how the Middle East will disrupt Donald Trump's presidency, John Ibbitson raises a troubling question. "All of these presidents," Mr Ibbitson say, speaking or Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barak Obama, "brought, at the least, goodwill to the question of how … Continue reading A troubling question of perceptions
Readers in America and the Philippines and some other places might not know about Boxing day but it is part of the Christmas holiday tradition here in Canada.
I wish all my readers, around the world, a very Merry Christmas. I have a special wish for our most gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, for our governor general, David Johnston, for prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and, indeed, for all parliamentarians who serve us so well. I also wish the joys … Continue reading Merry Christmas
Two items caught my eye in the news this past week: First, the Globe and Mail reports that "In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law. In doing … Continue reading Regarding Israel
... and I, at least, will be spending a day or two with my friends and family, enjoying good food and drink and company. My thoughts are with some friends who are away from home, in places like Iraq and Kuwait: quiet professionals, serving Canada in the finest of all our military traditions.
In a column in the Toronto Sun, Candice Malcolm asks: "Are we heading toward another World War?" My short answer is "No, but ..." I have said, several times, that there are three danger zones: First: In the South China Seas there is a danger that a US military commander could misinterpret or misunderstand a … Continue reading Are we heading toward another World War?
Margaret Wente, in a though provoking column in the Globe and Mail, which is well worth the read, raises the issue of a "slippery slope" between a "right to die" and, potentially, she thinks, to a "one size MUST fit all" approach ... a sort of variant of the "zero tolerance" approach about which I have … Continue reading If there should be a right to die, must there also be a duty to accept “assisted” death?