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The submarines would also present a target for terrorists. They attack with vans, plans and cargo containers (okay, this last one I got only from movies, but you never know…). There is little a diesel-fuelled submarine will be defend against known terrorist capabilities, so that’s rules them out.
That leaves foreign fishing boats, Green Peace and Whales as they only potential targets left for Canadian Navy. Do we have a Captain Ahab leading Canadian Navy? Doubtful, since there are some Canadian boat tours that add Whale sightseeing as an incentive to pay good money for a three-hour tour.
That leaves Spanish fishing boats. They have continuously ignored warning by Canadian government about fishing in their waters. The fishing industry is in decline, with Maritime Provinces being most affected, as they have become Canada’s own 3rd world nation. Could Canadians have paid 750 million dollars to deter Spanish? There own version of a new cold war? There is no other explanation for it. No other reason for it, other than to scare away Spanish boats, or fish from under Spanish boats and drive them to Canadian nets. Either way, after a quarter of a billion dollars in initial cost, with hundreds of millions more in maintenance and repair costs, and now 1 human life, Canadians are paying dearly. To be insulted for your national defense is one thing, but to have a government force Canadians pay for upkeep of those insults is more than just a slap in face, it is a reason to fight back.
Gary Whittaker is the editor of T.E.N Magazine, a webzine with balls. Check out more articles at http://www.tenwebzine.com