CANADA: The Interference

Along with the normal heritage of broken noses, trick elbows and collapsible knees, old football players often take with them into later life the habit of explaining contemporary events in terms of gridiron metaphor. Last week Canada's Secretary for External Affairs, Lester Bowles Pearson, onetime University of Toronto football coach, said at an Ottawa banquet:

"Unfortunately, international affairs has become a contest these days, with the East lined up against the West. I think it is probably right to say that the captain and quarterback on our side is Uncle Sam. I am not sure exactly what position Canada plays.

"Very often...

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