Friday, July 04, 2003

How many for Canada?

Marcus Gee of the Toronto Globe and Mail sets new standards for presumption:

Yesterday in Monrovia, a crowd gathered outside the U.S. embassy for a pro-American demonstration. Yes, you read that right: pro-American. For the past week or so, Liberians have been coming to the embassy to beg U.S. President George W. Bush to send troops to their chaotic country. ''George Bush, save Liberia!'' they shout. Or: ''Send the Marines to guard us.''

In a world ablaze with anti-Americanism, the Liberians' plea for U.S. intervention is more than just a curiosity. It is a golden opportunity.

On what empirical basis does Marcus Gee conclude that the world is "ablaze with anti-Americanism"? In my own experience that are literally billions of people who would undergo considerable hardship to become or have a chance of becoming Americans. Including Canadians. Did you hear that, Marcus Gee?

And to back that assertion up, I propose an empirical test. In any Third World country at all, bar none, including Arab countries, let's ask give a sample of the population whether they would rather move to Toronto to read the Globe and Mail or move to New York to read the New York Post. If Marcus Gee's assertion is correct, the vast majority would want to go to Toronto. In fact, the vast majority would go anywhere but the United States. If Marcus Gee were right. But of course, he is wrong. More people probably want to go to Sydney, Australia than to Toronto, Canada. And significantly more people would prefer to live in Buffalo than Toronto.

How many for Canada? Eh?