However, there were a few lines spoken by Harper today worth noting. This part:
“Which gives some proof to the old saying: ‘a handful of soldiers is better than a mouthful of arguments.’And this part:
“For the Gaddafis of this world pay no attention to the force of argument.
“The only thing they get is the argument of force.
“They used to claim that in international affairs, and you’ve heard the quote many times: ‘Canada punched above its weight.’I don't think anyone disputes that it took force to remove Gaddafi. We entered this conflict, however, under a UN Resolution which was significantly humanitarian in its undertaking.
“Well, to punch above your weight, you first have to be able to punch.
Harper's bellicosity today is certainly a new tone to be hearing from a Canadian prime minister.
Update (8:50 p.m.): See also Aaron Wherry's item on the origin and possible meaning of the quote Harper used above, the "handful of soldiers" line.
Update (11:35 p.m.): A reader who speaks German sent me the original quote (below - in German). She assures me the "always" is indeed missing from Harper's version of the quote. So if he were quoting it accurately, it should properly have been: ‘a handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.’ Something that was therefore omitted out of error or perhaps because the PM did not want to go that far. Thought I would add this here because Aaron Wherry wrote earlier tonight that "...the original musing seems to read that a handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments."