"The fact that (North Korea) is prepared to arm itself and prepared to threaten to use such armaments ... is something that we should be gravely concerned about," Harper said at a joint White House news conference with Bush on the president's 60th birthday.
"Missiles that are fired in the direction of the United States constitute a threat to Canada."
Bush had earlier suggested a hypothetical scenario in which a North Korean missile fired at the U.S. might go astray and land in Canada.
"(North Korea) could be seemingly firing a missile at the United States - this is all speculation - that could be headed toward the northwest of our country and it wouldn't take much for it to get off course," Bush said.
Almost everyone agrees that North Korea constitutes a threat that needs to be addressed. Had Harper simply argued why the world community must deal with this rogue nation, I'm sure most would find little criticism with that logic. However, for Bush and Harper to use a stray missile as legitimate reason for Canadian concern, only serves to sensationalize the entire threat. Once again, paranoid diplomacy seems to be the preferred route for the Bush administration, even when cold reality is at their disposal.
Someone should inform our Prime Minister, that when our neighbour starts an unprovoked war that alienates much of the world and fans the flames of extremism, it too "constitutes a threat to Canada".