July 14, 2014
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[Editor’s Note: The following is by TDV’s Mexico-based education correspondent, Jorge Gato]
As an American, I always had the feeling our northern neighbor was nice. Too nice. I assumed Canada simply played the good cop to Uncle Sam's bad cop. Brushing up on Canadian political history to test this hypothesis, I found Canada lauded as seminal in international peacekeeping, its greatest achievements being multilateralism, globalism, and the upkeep of international institutions. After all, it was Roméo Dallaire's actions under the auspices of the United Nations who single-handedly saved upwards of 30,000 Third World lives. I certainly don't wish to detract from Dallaire's work, because blessed are the peacekeepers.