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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Peaceful International Cooperation 



As we know, in exchange for the American Welcome Mat at the South Pole (so the Russians could retrieve their stranded bi-plane), the Americans have been offered the services of a Russian icebreaker to better destroy the unruly sheet ice that has accumulated behind the gargantuan iceberg B-15A and that has made it quite difficult to bring in the yearly supply of fuel and chicken nuggets.

The greatest thing about goodwill and peaceful international cooperation is that every culture has its own cute and quirky little way of describing the infinite harmony and brotherhood of our selfless respective nations.

There's the press release by Novosti, the Russian News and Information Agency, in which the huge American supply ship is called a "motor vessel", the U.S. icebreaker is "unable to handle" the job, and so "the US authorities turned to the Russian government for help" in which the Russians offered their "larger" icebreaker. The press release is exciting, but we really need read no more than the headline:

RUSSIAN ICE-BREAKER KRASIN HEADING FOR ANTARCTIC TO RESCUE U.S. POLAR STATION MCMURDO

Thankfully, there's more objective sources of information, notably, American ones, like the always-cheerful Antarctic Sun that describes peaceful international cooperation much differently. In startling contrast to the shady ex-Soviet press release, we find in the objective American news coverage that the Americans merely "contracted" the Russian icebreaker to "assist". FYI, did you know that this will be the first time that our Russian pals and us have "worked together" on icebreaking operations since the Cold War? Now back to you, Fred.

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