|Fear not, mon ami. Justice and freedom will come to North Carolina.|
But in this insecure world, peacekeeping remains important. Canada needs to consider its responsibility to protect when a country to which we have long had ties of amity and trade is plagued by:
- constant street violence, often provoked by police forces out of control
- a Muslim minority targeted by a Christianist government that accuses it of disloyalty;
- a politicized judiciary, many of whose members are unapologetically loyal to the ideology of the governing party.
- endemic ethnocultural strife and semi-official discrimination based on skin colour and/or linguistic background.
- women denied basic healthcare, kept out of high office, and frequently demeaned by the head of state and senior officials.
- government officials complicit in illegal detention and rendition of immigrants, even in the face of valid court orders.
- voters' lists that have been manipulated and legislative seats ruthlessly gerrymandered for partisan advantage by the governing party.
- a head of state dubiously elected but supported by a compliant legislature, and intent on wielding personal authority unrestricted by traditional political norms or the rule of law.
I'm not talking about Mali. I'm talking about the United States of America.
Hey, you know they would do the same for us whenever they thought it necessary.