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Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says
Toronto Star ^ | Apr. 11, 2003 | CP (uncredited)

Posted on 04/11/2003 11:38:35 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings

Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says


OTTAWA (CP) — Canada is willing to send RCMP officers to help restore order in Iraq but nobody's asked for them, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said today.

"We've sent RCMP officers to Haiti and elsewhere," Chrétien said during a news conference. "If it is a contribution that we can make, we will do it. If they want us to do something else, we will do something else."

But Chrétien said Canada can't just send police officers without some preparation and planning.

Looting continued in Baghdad for a third straight day today. Marines were starting to enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew in parts of the city, but officials said they were not going to take on policing duties.

Looting and lawlessness spread to other Iraqi cities as the last remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime fell.

Chaos is not unheard of in the immediate aftermath of war, Chrétien pointed out.

"In Kosovo, there wasn't an easy transition either," he said. "When there's that kind of change that occurs, there is chaos for a certain period of time. I don't know exactly what they intend to do or what kind of intervention they are planning. We are certainly prepared to help out as soon as possible."

In a television interview, Deputy Prime Minister John Manley said more than Mounties could be involved in such a contribution. Municipal officers have also been involved in establishing and training police forces.

"This is something that we have some experience and expertise in and it's something that if the world community judges that that's where we can best help, then Canadians should be prepared to do it," Manley said.

The prime minister said he has been given no reason to believe U.S. President George W. Bush will cancel his planned visit in May, when he is scheduled to address Parliament.

While reaffirming his decision not to support the war, Chrétien said it would be understandable if the trip were postponed, given Bush's agenda these days.


TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: canada; coalition; dudleydoright; interimauthority; iraqifreedom; looting; mounties; policing; rcmp; reestablishingorder; saddamhussain
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Victory has 1000 fathers.

That said, the RCMP would be a useful addition towards rebuilding an honest law enforcement service in Iraq.

1 posted on 04/11/2003 11:38:35 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings
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To: No Truce With Kings
... and the horse your Mountie rode in on.
2 posted on 04/11/2003 11:40:01 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: No Truce With Kings
>JUMPING ON BANDWAGON ALERT!!!!!!!<

Everyone loves a winner.
3 posted on 04/11/2003 11:40:15 AM PDT by mlbford2
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4 posted on 04/11/2003 11:41:05 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: No Truce With Kings
Thanks... but no thanks. Canada can keep their 'redcoats' at home.
5 posted on 04/11/2003 11:41:19 AM PDT by Luke
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To: No Truce With Kings

6 posted on 04/11/2003 11:42:17 AM PDT by ambrose
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To: No Truce With Kings
Never mind.
7 posted on 04/11/2003 11:42:27 AM PDT by Bahbah (Pray for our Troops)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

8 posted on 04/11/2003 11:42:44 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: No Truce With Kings
I'll believe it when I see it.
9 posted on 04/11/2003 11:43:41 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: No Truce With Kings
However, due to budget limitations they will be armed with sharp sticks and clad in loin clothes. No tattooed RCMP volunteers will be accepted.
10 posted on 04/11/2003 11:44:19 AM PDT by ijcr
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To: No Truce With Kings
Send Canadian bacon instead.
11 posted on 04/11/2003 11:45:03 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: San Jacinto
Send Canadian bacon instead.

No, no more women at the front.

12 posted on 04/11/2003 11:46:02 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: MadIvan; Snowyman; headsonpikes; kanawa; Black Powder; Don W; carla007; xp38; Happygal
Ping.
13 posted on 04/11/2003 11:46:16 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: No Truce With Kings
Dudley Do-Right to direct traffic in Baghdad????????

V


14 posted on 04/11/2003 11:48:32 AM PDT by Beck_isright ("QUAGMIRE" - French word for unable to find anyone to surrender to)
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To: No Truce With Kings
More from our "Johnny Come Lately" allies. Personally, I think they can go fly a kite!
15 posted on 04/11/2003 11:48:36 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says

Too little, too late a-hole canucks!

16 posted on 04/11/2003 11:50:06 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: No Truce With Kings
Canada is willing to send RCMP officers to help restore order in Iraq but nobody's asked for them, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said today.

"We've sent RCMP officers to Haiti and elsewhere," Chrétien said during a news conference. "If it is a contribution that we can make, we will do it. If they want us to do something else, we will do something else."

Sounds to me like Mr Chrétien got the busy signal when he dialed the White House.

17 posted on 04/11/2003 11:50:51 AM PDT by RJL
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To: No Truce With Kings
Not a bad idea. But they will have to lose the red jackets, buy them body armor, and arm those guys with assault rifles.
18 posted on 04/11/2003 11:52:31 AM PDT by carl in alaska (Hey Jacques!....What are you trying to hide?)
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says

Right, just as soon as it snows in Baghdad for the Mounties to use their dog-sleds!

19 posted on 04/11/2003 11:53:56 AM PDT by Jambe
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To: No Truce With Kings
I have nothing against the mounties, but I really don't see where their training, equipment, and experience would be of much use in Iraq.

We'll give them a call after we invade Finland.

20 posted on 04/11/2003 11:55:22 AM PDT by dead
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To: No Truce With Kings
Do you suppose they would've offered if we were under chemical or biological attack? Piss on them, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey,...I can go on & on & on.
21 posted on 04/11/2003 11:56:08 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: conservativecorner
More like they'd have the RCMPs granting political asylum to all the bad guys, just to French things up.

Chretien is like Clinton. Anything to cause problems for his successor and to leave a legacy.

22 posted on 04/11/2003 11:57:05 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: carl in alaska
FYI, at work RCMP wear body armor, dark blue (or black?)police uniforms and carry Smith and Wesson pistols. I know that at least some of them are trained with rifles and shotguns.
23 posted on 04/11/2003 11:57:58 AM PDT by NYFriend
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To: No Truce With Kings
In another war related casualty today; Canada hit the ground when they tried jumping on our bandwagon.
24 posted on 04/11/2003 12:00:09 PM PDT by schaketo (Canada now takes Iraq's place in the "Axis of Evil"!)
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To: No Truce With Kings
Isn't that nice !.. now that the work and expense is getting close to done, the French, Germans, Russians and now even the MOUNTIES are ready to step in!
25 posted on 04/11/2003 12:02:02 PM PDT by arly
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To: NYFriend
I figured they didn't wear red on the job. There's a Canadian company that makes an excellent assault rifle. I think the British Royal Marines use that rifle. They will need to issue one to all those guys, even if they just keep it in their humvee most of the time. Baghdad is going to be one heck of a dangerous place for several years.
26 posted on 04/11/2003 12:02:05 PM PDT by carl in alaska (Hey Jacques!....What are you trying to hide?)
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To: NYFriend
kanadian kops, : umm, good day mr mullah, eh? .hey hoser, come back with my beer. anyone seen my tuke?
27 posted on 04/11/2003 12:02:18 PM PDT by tm61
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To: No Truce With Kings
But Chrétien said Canada can't just send police officers without some preparation and planning.

Well then, why didn't Chrétien plan and prepare for it? He should have had units ready to go in. At this point it is just grandstanding!

28 posted on 04/11/2003 12:04:05 PM PDT by F-117A
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To: No Truce With Kings
"Canada is willing to send RCMP officers to help restore order in Iraq but nobody's asked for them, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said today."


They are probably all western Canadian Anglo-phones who are pro-American that Chirac wants to get rid of.

Why doesn't he volunteer some Quebecois to check out any poison gas we might find??
29 posted on 04/11/2003 12:04:28 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: NYFriend
FYI, at work RCMP wear body armor, dark blue (or black?)police uniforms and carry Smith and Wesson pistols. I know that at least some of them are trained with rifles and shotguns.

They're trained and carry fully automatic weapons when necessary, along with the body armour. The Red tunics are ceremonial.

30 posted on 04/11/2003 12:06:10 PM PDT by IvanT
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To: carl in alaska
"Baghdad is going to be one heck of a dangerous place for several years."

I doubt it will be any more dangerous than, oh, Toronto, in a few months. By that time the Fedayeen Saddam and Special Republican Guard thugs will all be dead or gone. Most of the criminals in Iraq were recruited into those organizations. Kill them and you have a pretty crime-free environment.
31 posted on 04/11/2003 12:07:29 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: No Truce With Kings
Sorry, Canada. You're a day late, and a dollar short...Sorry, that shoud be 1 month late, and one mmmeeellllion Canadian dollars short.
32 posted on 04/11/2003 12:08:17 PM PDT by goose (Work is the curse of the drinking class...Oscar Wilde)
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To: ambrose

Man that picture gets me steamed, every time I see it I want to smash things. While I like Jonah's writing and read him regularly, why'd he have to use that pic of all things? This is just about the biggest insult I can imagine.

33 posted on 04/11/2003 12:09:54 PM PDT by IvanT
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To: No Truce With Kings
Did anybody check with Nell?
34 posted on 04/11/2003 12:10:19 PM PDT by Consort
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To: IvanT
We're not the Mounties
We're handsome ,we're brave, we're strong
We're not the Mounties, cos we enforce the law
You can try to run but you can never hide
Unlike the Mounties we always get our man
We're not the Mounties
We're handsome ,we're brave, we're strong
We're not the Mounties cos we enforce the law
You can try to run but you can never hide
Unlike the Mounties we always get our man
We're handsome ,we're brave, we're strong
Cos we enforce the law
You can try to run but you can never hide
Unlike the Mounties we always get our man
Hey Jacque you're the man

35 posted on 04/11/2003 12:15:06 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: No Truce With Kings
I hope you're right. But there are so many people with scores to settle, and so many rival factions and clans in Iraq that I can see some serious fighting going on there for a few years. But in a few months Baghdad will probably be no more dangerous than South Central LA, and the heavily policed areas will be as safe as Toronto.
36 posted on 04/11/2003 12:16:46 PM PDT by carl in alaska (Hey Jacques!....What are you trying to hide?)
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To: No Truce With Kings
This is something that we have some experience and expertise in and it's something that if the world community judges that that's where we can best help, then Canadians should be prepared to do it," Manley said.

Hate to break the news to you big boy … the world community ain’t runnin’ this popcorn stand. We are.
37 posted on 04/11/2003 12:17:29 PM PDT by schaketo (Canada now takes Iraq's place in the "Axis of Evil"!)
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I dunno why he can't get that thru his thick skull.....
38 posted on 04/11/2003 12:23:01 PM PDT by IvanT
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To: IvanT
"They're trained and carry fully automatic weapons when necessary, along with the body armour. The Red tunics are ceremonial."

Hell, even the OPP (Ontario's version, the Ontario Provincial Police) are armed with automatic weapons "when necessary." Last Friday the 13th run in Port Dover (A big motorcycle/biker happening) the roads had checkpoints with cops wearing body armor and armed with MP-5s.

Anyways, scoff if you like, but the RCMP have experience with international policing (Haiti, Kosovo, etc), part of their job being to help train/re-educate local police to more of a north American way of conducting business. You could do worse. Of course, if you want to do it all yourselves, be my guest.
39 posted on 04/11/2003 1:07:23 PM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: IvanT
I actually agree with you; it's likely many Mounties would've been happy to serve. The Canadian "leader," Chretien, and his followers are the persons to blame.

That National Review cover was indeed in rather poor taste.
40 posted on 04/11/2003 1:11:51 PM PDT by CarmelValleyite
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To: No Truce With Kings

Sgt Preston and King! Did he have a dog? Well now that's what we need...sopme mounted Mounties and their steeds ready to do battle with other mounted soldiers.

Gee thanks Cretin!

Richard Simmons, the actor who played Sgt. Preston died a few months ago I believe. RIP.

41 posted on 04/11/2003 1:15:33 PM PDT by eleni121
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To: No Truce With Kings
Canada is willing to send RCMP officers to help restore order in Iraq but nobody's asked for them, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said today.

Hey Jean: Shut up and tell the Mounties to start packing. Since when did Canada need permission?

42 posted on 04/11/2003 1:19:59 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Puppage

43 posted on 04/11/2003 1:24:46 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Puppage

44 posted on 04/11/2003 1:28:15 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: CarmelValleyite
The Canadian "leader," Chretien, and his followers are the persons to blame.

Canada needs a regime change.

45 posted on 04/11/2003 1:30:21 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Canada needs a regime change.

Indeed we do. In conversation with my conservative friends months ago, we were lamenting the fact that the old b*stard was planning on staying on, rather then retiring. I suggested that it could be a good thing, because he's senile and he'll end up turning off Liberal voters. Unfortunately, that has indeed come true, only at the expense of also pissing of Americans to the point that our relationship is suffering. Our government is in for a big surprise come the next election I think.

46 posted on 04/11/2003 1:35:06 PM PDT by IvanT
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Canada.....Stay the H--- home! You didn't help, but now you want in on it! To all of these self-seeking %$$#$*(&s, you can just rot in H!
47 posted on 04/11/2003 4:49:50 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: IvanT
Our government is in for a big surprise come the next election I think.

I sure do hope so! I agree totally on the picture Jonah used. It's a shame to insult the very people who are probably on our side.

I spent 8 long, awful years being completely misrepresented by the Scumbag, and I have great sympathy for the many, many Canadians who feel the same under Johnny Cretin. We've always been friends. We should remain so and let the Quebecois or whatever they call themselves pound sand.

48 posted on 04/11/2003 4:52:00 PM PDT by Sal
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49 posted on 04/11/2003 5:03:15 PM PDT by Cloud William
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To: IvanT
Exactly. The Mounties aren't wimps. (Neither are the armed forces. Ill-equipped, yes. Wimpy, no. Remember that sniper in Afghanistan.) But it doesn't help sell magazines to put a picture of Chretien and three bureaucrats on the cover and call them wimps. That would be like putting four chickens on the cover and calling them chickens.
50 posted on 04/11/2003 5:49:49 PM PDT by omega4412
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