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Russia Seizes Pole: Beware Canadians Driving Lighthouses

by | 4th, August 2007

RUSSIA has stuck a flag under the North Pole.

Canada’s foreign minister, Peter MacKay, dismissed the Russian claim out of hand: “This isn’t the 15th century,” he said. “You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, we’re claiming this territory.” It isn’t the 16th century either, or the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th, in all of which many a territorial grab was made by going ashore and planting a flag.

Don’t mess with Canada:

Vladimir Putin and his submariners would however be well advised not to underestimate the Canadians, who have proved capable of seeing off the mighty US navy. There is a record of a dialogue between them and the USS Abraham Lincoln, a 100,000-tonne nuclear aircraft carrier, which asks the Canadians to divert 15 degrees north to avoid a collision. “Negative,” says a Canadian radio voice. “You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.” The US captain describes the awesome assets of his battlegroup and demands compliance “or countermeasures will be taken”.

Canadian reply: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”

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