Tuesday, August 02, 2016
This is PR with a wry twist. Denmark and Canada both claim a postage stamp island in the arctic. Since the 1980s, the military of the two countries have planted flags on the island and left bottles of liquor for the other side to find. The argument between the two nations has been going on since 1933. One would expect that it might be settled by now, but boundary lines can foster fights that fester for generations. There is no good reason for either country to claim the island. It has no value although the arctic as the globe warms is taking on a new importance. One can hardly believe that military personnel assigned to claiming the island take their jobs seriously. They are doing the bidding of their political masters. One hopes the liquor is high quality.