Meanwhile, the struggle to build a semi-democratic society in Afghanistan is not going well. Unless enough pressure can be applied to the regime, it could be death for one man who did the outrageous: converted from Islam to Christianity. Thank God we don't live an a barbaric nation where religious intolerance reigns. On the other hand, if you live in the U.S.A., then you'd better thank God -- or else you may be one of those evil-doers the Patriot Act was designed to sniff out. Americans, it seems, don't trust atheists. And if you're a Canadian bound to or from another country, be very careful about changing planes at a U.S. airport. Like Maher Arar, you could be kidnapped by U.S. authorities and "rendered" to somewhere like Syria to be tortured, even if you're completely innocent.
Be smart, stay at home. Even better, move to Alberta, where the government has so much money, they're throwing it at everyone and everything in sight. And if you decide to stay put, don't gripe about Albertans' good fortune. As Finance Minister Shirley McClellan pointed out, "This wasn't luck." You bet it wasn't. Albertans worked hard to put all that oil into the ground. They deserve to get rich.