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Russia Got Bigger Yesterday

Let's be honest, 6,592,800 square miles is all well and good. But come on, it's not that big. Well, in a marvelous gesture of old school imperial...



Let's be honest, 6,592,800 square miles is all well and good. But come on, it's not that big. Well, in a marvelous gesture of old school imperial bravado meets new school technological wizardry, Russian scientists sent a submarine two miles below the ocean surface to plant a titanium flag on the Arctic seabed at the North Pole--an area with a catastrophically low supply of titanium flags. It's part of an effort to authenticate Russia's claim to the Arctic floor and all the delicious oil therein. Of course, some uppity Canuck had to rain on the parade from across the sea:

"This isn't the 15th century," Peter MacKay, Canada's foreign minister, said on CTV television. "You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say, ‘We're claiming this territory.'"

This isn't. And you can't. And yet, didn't they?