Hamlet discusses territorial claims in the North Pole

The power vacuum created by the weakness of the American government is allowing tensions to build in places that were once stable and settled. Nothing is forever stable and settled but the instability is happening now – first between China and Japan and now between Russia and Canada – because the Chinese and Russians have estimated that Obama is a paper tiger who will not defend America’s traditional allies in any serious contest of wills. These are just testing, testing, one two three, testing; the real stuff is to come.

So here is where we are now at: Canada plans claim that would include North Pole. Hamlet also once discussed territorial claims involving the Poles:


Good sir, whose powers are these?

They are of Norway, sir.

How purposed, sir, I pray you?

Against some part of Poland.

Who commands them, sir?

The nephews to old Norway, Fortinbras.

Goes it against the main of Poland, sir,
Or for some frontier?

Truly to speak, and with no addition,
We go to gain a little patch of ground
That hath in it no profit but the name.
To pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it;
Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole
A ranker rate, should it be sold in fee.

Why, then the Polack never will defend it.

Yes, it is already garrison’d.

Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats
Will not debate the question of this straw:
This is the imposthume of much wealth and peace,
That inward breaks, and shows no cause without
Why the man dies. I humbly thank you, sir.

God be wi’ you, sir.

And once again worthless rock although it does contain Santa’s workshop. This is from the above article and not Shakespeare.

‘We’re talking about the center of a large, inhospitable ocean that is in total darkness for three months each year, thousands of miles from any port,’ he said. ‘The water in the North Pole is 12,000 feet (3,650 meters) deep and will always be covered by sea ice in the winter. It’s not a place where anyone is going to be drilling for oil and gas.

‘So it’s not about economic stakes, it’s about domestic politics.’

And therefore will be garrisoned to the hilt. The more interesting question is whose side will Obama be on? Given his near hundred percent record of failing to support America’s traditional allies, that it will be the true north strong and free is far from certain.

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8 Responses to Hamlet discusses territorial claims in the North Pole

  1. Popular Front

    Will it become like the dispute over the Spratly Islands, where one soldier standing in a concrete bucket attached to a lump of coral is regarded as a ‘sovereign garrison’?

  2. Popular Front

    I wonder if this Arctic posturing is going to be comparative to the Spratly Islands 5-way territorial claims, where on soldier standing in a concrete bucket attached to a lump of coral is regarded as a ‘sovereign garrison’.

  3. Ant

    To understand the mind of Obama, which varies relatively little from standard idiot leftist orthodoxy as it does with most “liberals”, Hilary Clinton included, you have to try and imagine the workings of a mind who could come up with the Obama/Clinton “RESET” button stunt.

    That spectacularly embarrassing piece of diplomatic idiocy, not to mention sheer naked incompetence (their Russian translation of “reset” actually read “overcharged” to the Russians), pretty much sums up where the Obama maladministration has been coming from.

    I believe for a period the neurotic Russians dismissed it a brilliant ploy to soften them up for some really hardball diplomacy.

    Instead, much to their grateful amazement, the Obama maladministration has performed on a sharp downhill trajectory from there.

    The litany of damage Obama has inflicted and is inflicting on US interests, and the interests of its allies, can not be fathomed today.

    You just have to consider his appointments – Kerry, Hagel, Rice being the key ones – to understand that it is his deliberate ambition to diminish the power and influence of the US globally and, with it, the general force for good and stability it has been.

    All to the cheers of most of the US media who salivate over his every utterance and deed.

    It literally is quite unbelievable.

  4. Note that Canadas’s claim is based on the continental shelf.Thats the same basis on which we make against East Timor in respect of the Timor Sea and which they think is so unfair.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    And therefore will be garrisoned to the hilt.

    Ya just gotta love Shakespeare for a good and handy extended metaphor.

  6. Cold-Hands

    While the North Pole itself may be unsuitable for drilling with current technology, extending Canadian territorial limits to that extent will put accessible oil and gas fields under Canadian control. So while the NP itself is purely a symbolic trophy, it is only the cherry on top of this ambit claim.

  7. Robert O.

    Perhaps Santa Claus neither wants to be a Russian nor a Canadian citizen. On a legal basis he must have precedence having lived there peacefully for centuries.

  8. stackja

    In July 1941, five months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the first American task force of World War II departed for Iceland. Until then, the interest and attention of the War Department had for the most part been focused in the direction of South America. As War Department planners saw it, sending troops to Iceland was not an element of the hemisphere defense policy and current military strategy. The decision to undertake the operation was made by President Roosevelt in early June, not as a new course of policy but because the circumstances attendant upon the particular step made the taking of it at that time seem desirable. After the President made the basic decision to send troops to Iceland, the War Department faced the task of appraising the feasibility of the operation in the light of what was being done elsewhere at the same time. The decisions that the War Department was then called upon to make were difficult and crucial.Early in the European conflict both the British and the Germans had recognized what the Vikings had demonstrated ten centuries before, namely, that Iceland was an important stepping-stone between Europe and the New World. Hitler several times toyed with the idea of a descent upon the island and laid preliminary plans for it; but to forestall such a move British troops, soon joined by a Canadian force, had landed in Iceland on 10 May 1940. Icelandic annoyance with the British and Canadian garrison, and British losses in the war, which made a withdrawal of the Iceland garrison seem desirable, plus American concern for the Atlantic sea lanes, combined to bring Iceland within the American defense orbit.

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