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No Civil War in Canada

07/10/2014 10:56 am ET | Updated Sep 08, 2014

Neither a coup nor demonstrations threaten the regime. Flow of refugees to the U.S. not expected.

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Die neu formierte Special-Force-Tourist-Attraction im Dienst für das Land (Foto: Jamie in Bytown/Flickr.com/CC BY-SA 2.0)

A view through the cities of Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver these days reveals hasting people. They carry all they can and try to get in contact with friends and relatives with their smartphones all the time. Peace makes its way and no one tries to escape. The situation seems to be hopeless.

Still no violence

Unarmed civilists greet strangers, a scout helps a pensioner (Hank, 75) to the other side of the street. "Unbelievable," says the man calm, "all these different haircolors, dresses and religions. But still no violence." The situation escalates when a student appears with a sign "Free hugs." "No man can stand that!" curses Hank and runs to a suddenly appearing military unit. But instead of interfering, they take pictures as a tourist attraction.

Ban Ki-moon helpless

In one of her rare public appearances, head of state Queen Elizabeth II showed no weakness: "I will not capitulate or step back from my position, as long as the opposition does not demonstrate violently." The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon reacted helpless: "As long as no bullet is fired, we cannot send any blue helmets into the potential crisis-area."

No refugee-camps built

The situation in Canada heatens up. Democracy seems to be stronger than ever before, a dramatic turn is not expected. Meanwhile the U.S. built no refugee-camps at the borders, still hoping that diplomacy can prevent the worst case.