J. W. Carpenter
I'm not Polish, but I did think this mug rocked.
I read Cerber’s article today, where I discovered that apparently I have the ability to cause a world spanning alliance to cater to my whims. Let me assure you, I do not. Beyond boosting my ego, the article was another shot across the bow in the war of words that have characterized the relationship of the United States with the rest of EDEN. Unfortunately the problem with all of this is that everyone thinks they have a grievance with the other party and in a situation where everyone believes they are right everyone usually loses.
Cerber has every right to be unhappy as a person who has contributed immensely to the foundation of the EDEN and as a soldier who fought for the freedom of the United States. I can’t say I was happy with the US decision to pull out and I think it spoke to the relative maturity that recriminating withdrawal was taken as the path of least resistance. It would have been harder to overcome our differences but it would have prevented. It’s a testament as to how the bad things in a relationship can overcome the monumental good we did as an alliance in the summer.
But I cannot say that Canada is exactly a happy country with EDEN either. Cerber mentioned in his article that I forced EDEN to attack the United Kingdom against his wishes. I am sad that it has not been mentioned that Canada pushed so strongly for that because we had activated MPPs from the entirety of Phoenix in order to save the French campaign. Canada put itself out for Poland and Spain under the assumption that our allies would help us with our situation, since we rescued theirs. When it became evident that we could not count on our allies for support when it came to things we wanted to do it was an extremely disappointing day. However, we moved on. Ultimately we knew that if push came to shove Spain and Poland would defend us if the worst did happen.
This is the one thing that has saddened me throughout what we’ve seen in the media and with the US withdrawal is a loss of confidence in the ability of EDEN to hold itself together. As has been said eventually even the most glorious of Empires fall, but for us to participate in the division of this alliance on the eve of V2 with all the strategic implications that are at play. We could have resolved this behind closed doors, as adults, and moved on. For whatever reason we did not and we are paying the price for it. After all, what truly has Poland gained from losing the US as an ally? What has the US gained by losing you?
Maybe that’s the way that alliances go when they start becoming offensive alliances instead of purely defensive. It is always harder to convince nations to help another country invade rather than defend. But standing united now, more than any other point in our history these last 8 months, is critical to every EDEN country’s future.
In V2 Canada will be one of the very few countries with Titanium, and as such will become an important strategic holding for the alliance. And unfortunately there has been some speculation that Canada will leave EDEN entirely and join the US led alliance monogamously. Yes, Canada has a special relationship, a brolliance, with the United States. Under fire together, we fought and bled for our homelands side by side, its an experience that won’t be taken away. We will always stand with the America, but let me say this unequivocally:
Poland and Canada will remain allies as long as Poland wishes to be so.
Poland will have access to Canadian titanium, as long as Canada controls titanium.
Canada will not leave EDEN for another alliance.
Canada has not forgot the sacrifices made by Poland and the very fact that we owe our liberation to many EDEN countries. Beyond current differences between friends, it is easy for me as the President during WWIII to remember how supportive Poland was for us and what your true friendship means. You did not have to help us, but you did.
And my ideal scenario would be for us to sit down, and even if EDEN cannot welcome back the United States into the alliance, that we continue and remain as an alliance to have military relationships with the United States. Whatever the personal differences, we must work together to resolve them maturely and quickly. Going into V2 as a team, all of us, is in every countries best interest, Poland, the US, and Canada.
We have common history, mutual interests and shared goals. And for what its worth, Poland and the United States have common history, mutual interests and shared goals. Whatever happens in the future, believe me when I say that Canada will remain at your side and I know you’ll stand by our side too.
6 time President of Canada
Former EDEN Distinguished Advisor
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