Friday, March 17, 2006
If this is Friday, I must be in Smithers...
I'm very glad to hear about the new Human Rights Council. Much needed.
Thanks for dropping by.
Seriously though, the Marshal Islands. Hmmm.
Let's see, visited by American Whalers in the 1800's. Protectorate of Germany until 1914, when the Japanese took over. Liberated by the US in 44 and 45. Part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (administered by the US), along with someplace called Palau (why is that name familiar?). Self-Governing in 1979, independent in "Free Association" with the US. 3.1 Billion in US aid, and we get to target one of their Atolls with Missle Tests from California until 2066.
Certainly as independent as Belorus was during the Cold War.
I'd have to check, but I believe they are also memebers of the "Coalition of the Willing", dedicated to freeing their (far distant and non co-religious) cousins in Iraq.
That Marshall Islands thing somehow reminds me of a cartoon I saw once of a chef with brass knuckles making "battered chicken." They really don't have that many humans to abuse the rights of, so they must really be hardcore into it.
I liked your joke.
And the photo, as always.
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