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    Post A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Denmark and Canada both claim some uninhabited Islands and water between Greenland and Canada. The islands are closer geographically to Greenland. Neither country has anything there, but Inuit hunters from Greenland often travel to these islands. That's two reasons why the islands should rightfully belong to Denmark. Canada's only position is "those islands are ours, because we say so". Denmark sent a Naval vessel to the disputed territory some time ago and the sailors planted a Danish flag on the soil of the island, although the sailors probably did on that on their own and were not ordered to.

    So the question is, who should the land belong to? Opinions and comments invited



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    here are excerpts from an article about this issue that appeared in the Canadian press a year ago:

    A Danish invasion?

    Denmark claims water, land as theirs

    ...Denmark is claiming some Canadian land as their own... Denmark is trying to rewrite the territorial borders between Canada and Greenland....the Danes say Hans Island, a small uninhabited island in the Kennedy Channel between Greenland and Ellesmere Island, clearly belongs to them...another dispute lies around three kilometres of water between Greenland and Canada...the possibility of oil and gas in that area is at the forefront of this challenge...

    http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspaper...30_03dane.html


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    Here is an excerpt from another article explaining why these islands are important:
    The question that arises is why this island is so important? In and of itself, the island is remote. However, its location affects the manner by which the maritime boundary is determined between northern Greenland and Canada. In turn, this international boundary takes on significance for three reasons. First, these waters contain important fish stocks including turbot and shrimp. The boundary will affect the northern divisions of this resource. Secondly, it has been reported that Greenland Inuit have been crossing over to Baffin Island to engage in illegal polar bear hunts. The Canadian Rangers have been dispatched to Baffin Island but have not caught any of the alleged hunters. If it proves to have been a long-term habit, it is conceivable that the Greenland homeland government could argue that the hunt is an established right. Thus, any boundary dispute between Canada and Denmark could exacerbate that situation. Thirdly, the impact of climate change is expected to cause substantial warming of the Polar region. Thus, while the region is remote and inhospitable, this could change rapidly as the region warms.

    http://www.naval.ca/article/Heubert/...e_Vikings.html
    hail Arminius

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    If Denmark takes possession of this island, perhaps it will convince Canada it actually ought to give its military enough resources to defend its territorial integrity. The fact that a country as miniscule as Denmark could easily take this island from Canada by force (if the US didn't intervene) is awfully pathetic.

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    The thing is, the island is disputed. It isn't Canada's land, Canada only claims it, and it only claims it on paper. Denmark wouldn't be "taking the island from Canada" because neither country really owns it as it is.

    Considering neither country owns the island, the question is, should the island belong to Canada or Denmark? If we examine the facts, we see that the island lies between Ellesmere Island and Greenland, and it is closer geographically to Greenland. It is uninhabited, and the only people who go there are Inuit hunters from Greenland. The island's name is "Hans Island", which is clearly a Danish name, implying that whoever named this island was a Dane and not a Canadian. Canada's only claim to the island is "the island is ours because we say it is", sort of like Stalin's "Viipuri is the USSR's because I say it is", despite Russia having no real claim to Viipuri at all.


    This isn't Canada's only territorial dispute of course, and it certainly isn't the most important one. A far more important one is the USA's claim that the Northwest Passage is International Water, while Canada claims it to be Canadian Water. There's also the another dispute with the USA about the line between Canadian and American Waters North of Alaska, which is important because of potential oil reserves. Then there are the disputes with Russia over land and water in the far North.

    Thank God Canada isn't a belligerent nation, because they have lots of territorial disputes!
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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Greenland should have it.

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    I hope they invade the rest of this crappy country, we badly need a political regime change.

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    If it becomes more serious it is at these times that a Nordic nation need support from the others via the Nordic Council (Nordisk råd in Danish).

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDas
    It isn't Canada's land, Canada only claims it, and it only claims it on paper.
    It's ours, it is, and we wants it!

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Quote Originally Posted by Skadi Ju87
    Greenland should have it.
    Humph! Don't expect us to help you out, if you're ever threatened with an invasion by New Zealand.

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Quote Originally Posted by Telperion
    Humph! Don't expect us to help you out, if you're ever threatened with an invasion by New Zealand.
    We are practically been invaded by them now...(in a quieter more sneaky way)

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    Post Re: A Danish Invasion (of Canada)!

    Yeah, kiwis and Tasmanian Devils stink!

    But I hope you are all aware that Greenalnd has the highest murder rate in the world. If they took over Canada there'd be murder and bloodshed, as you could not convince them that Molson is beer.
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