November 27, 2002
THE BLOODY WOGS ARE ATTACKING; CAN I BORROW YOUR RIFLE?:Military considers sharing heavy-lift aircraft: Germany leads consortium that would pool resources for strategic airlift (Mike Trickey, November 27, 2002, The Ottawa Citizen)
Defence Minister John McCallum says Canada is looking at the possibility of entering a "time-sharing" arrangement with NATO allies as a way of obtaining heavy-lift aircraft for the group of countries who need them, but cannot afford them.
Germany, which has dramatically scaled back plans to buy 70 A-400 transport planes because of economic problems, has committed to leasing several C-17 Globemaster transport planes as an interim measure and to leading a consortium of a dozen nations that would pool airlift resources.
Canada has little to offer aside from an aging fleet of smaller Hercules' transport planes. Canada was forced to rely on U.S. and British transports to get troops and equipment to Afghanistan last year, which is why, Mr. McCallum said, the German idea is attractive.
Nothing better exemplifies the precipitous decline of the West than stories like this, which reflect a conscious decision to abandon the long term defense of the state and its citizens in favor of universal social programs that "benefit" the individual. What has died in these countries is any sense of the nation as a shared enterprise, requiring sacrifice and self-denial for the sake of the common good. All that matters anymore is where everyone's next government service is coming from. But when the crunch comes, and they realize that everyone can't simply feed off the public teat and their states begin to decline into economic and social chaos, they won't even be able to defend themselves from the predators who will come to feed off of the corpses. Yet it's our leader who's a "moron?
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2002 9:37 AM