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  Canadian Military Mobilizes for War with Denmark

September 28, 2005: Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin today announced that he has ordered the Canadian military to mobilize for the impending war with Denmark over the disputed Hans Island.

Both nations lay claim to the 1.3 square km (half a square mile) Hans Island, located between Canada's Ellesmere Island and Greenland, which belongs to Denmark. The dispute stems back to 1973, when borders drawn between Greenland and Canada ignored Hans Island.

Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, said that full force deployment will be swift. "Both our tanks will arrive at Ellesmere Island by the end of the week, supported by our full contingent of three Huey helicopters," he said.

Canadian ground forces, comprising of two slingshot battalions and one archer battalion, will accompany the tanks.

Air superiority might be a problem, the General pointed out, saying, "Our De Havilland Vampire fighter jet is currently grounded awaiting spare parts from the Imperial War Museum in London."

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller said that Denmark is still hopeful for a peaceful solution to the dispute. "War is an absolute last resort," he said, "especially when you are faced with overwhelmingly superior forces."

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