Remembering Why History Repeats on Me...
In an erie foreshadowing, in Canada's first war overseas, the Boer War of 1899-1902, women and children and ordinary civilian farmers, were the target and principal victims.
Ultimately some 26,000 Boer women and children would die in a war where only 4,000 of their fighting men folk died.
In Canada's Afghan War far more Muslim civilians have died than fighting males, and according to UN records the number of innocent victims increases with every year.
From the Most Joyful and Ennobling Voices to Ever Grace the Canadian Landscape
- Oct. 12, 2010 - Canada's Day of Shame
the 24.3% Prime Minister
In November 2010, Harper made a shockingly glaring attempt to curry favour with powerful Jewish Canadian financiers - he's desperate for their support for the next election - by claiming Canada was rejected by UN voters because of its strong pro-Israeli stand, which is nothing if not a shabby aside that other countries are anti-Semitic. Yet both Germany and Portugal, who each got huge UN votes, are in truth - what's that? - no more anti-Semitic than Canada, and Germany is as loudly supportive of Israel as Canada has ever been. It's a new low in Canadian politics, and the mainstream media are slow in calling Harper on it...
October 12, 2010 will forever be "the Day to Remember," in the 21st century, as marking the absolute nadir in the history of Canada's relationship with the non-white, non-Judeo-Christian Peoples of the World, whom God placed in the greatest abundance on the planet.
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Below a lone voice in the wilderness - now that Rick Salutin has finally been fired by the Fascist fanatics at CTVglobemedia - the Toronto Star's inimitable Haroon Siddiqui, who proves with every column that he stands far, far above, the Glen Beck wannabe, toadying trolls of Canada's mainstream media, as simply the finest practitioner of his art in North America. Admittedly, his columns betray that he remains at heart, a profoundly decent human being, by any standard, anywhere in the world...
Remember Today, the Beloved Country
My father learned to be a soldier at Kingston’s Royal Military College and served honourably in the second of the 20th century’s great wars. My uncle died in it soon after wearing pilot wings for the first time.
Spare two minutes of silence this morning for them and for so many others whose lives were twisted or lost. Spare another moment today to mourn the country they never hesitated to defend.
My father’s Canada was big-hearted at home and away. My uncle’s country was a known force for good when evil wore fascist uniforms and built gas chambers.
This country is no longer their country. Canada’s wrenching blood and money sacrifices in Afghanistan, the struggle throwing the most immediate of today’s dark shadows, falls short of sustaining a once brightly shining image.
There are many things my father and uncle wouldn’t recognize. They wouldn’t understand a country where patriotism is partisan, where men and women in uniform are used as political props or where death and sports are shamelessly conflated on Hockey Night in Canada.
Left behind by marching time and rising cynicism, they would be rattled by the deconstruction of duty into small, mean, marketable pieces. Reduced to anachronisms, they would be confused and saddened by even greater change.
Surely nothing would startle them more than the loss of trust in this country. Asked to make what should have been an easy choice, the international community overwhelming chose Portugal over Canada for one of the prestigious and powerful, if temporary, seats on the UN Security Council.
Neither a shaky stand on principle nor fevered recriminations hide the sleeve-tugging truth. A nation born in the Vimy mud and distinguished by its peacekeeping gift to a world in crisis was collectively weighed against a feathery alternative and found wanting.
Decades after Vimy, the ‘50s Suez peacekeeping solution and five years into a sharp ideological shift, this country had no convincing story to tell. Instead of taking its assumed place in the vanguard of countries finding solutions, Canada is now dismissed as a backslider and obstacle to progress.
Harsh or not, that judgment was not rendered on the strength of an unequivocal commitment to Israel. Not even the most tortured analysis of secret UN ballots successfully links that defeat to such a singular — and convenient — cause. Canada is a minor Middle East player. Other countries firmly aligned with Israel didn’t rally to Canada’s UN bid. And it’s a poorly kept state secret that Ottawa rhetoric is rooted in crass domestic politics, not high-minded foreign policy.
No, Canada fell from global grace because it is no longer a modest but constant light among nations. Rather than holding steady, it flickers in the gusting winds of great challenges — among them, Arab-Israeli peace, African poverty and climate change — that are to this generation what world wars were to our parents and grandparents.
Some will say this is a time for remembrance, not assessment. Perhaps that’s so.
Still, all those comrades-in-arms whose memory will momentarily be restored to life this morning did more than stand in the way of all that was clearly wrong.
They also put down their lives as markers on what they believed was right.
That courage of widely shared convictions is now missing from a Canada where polarizing divisions are recklessly wedged wider for party advantage. It’s that vacuum the world saw when it took an unflinching look at the country my father and uncle mercifully never lived to see.
Canadian Show Trial
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5 Million Dollars Compensation
We believe that the Government and People of Canada should pay wrongful death compensation to every beneficiary of a Canadian man or woman in the Canadian Forces who died in Afghanistan.
Numerous wrongfully prosecuted or imprisoned people have received millions in compensation, for only a few years in a nice Canadian prison:
- Maher Arar 11.5 million (Can Gov)
The greatest misuse of the Canadian Forces in history, leading to the entirely predicted wasted lives of over 150 Canadian soldiers, should clearly be a case for criminal and/or civil litigation by lawyers representing the rank and file.
It was done to profit special interest groups of all kinds.
Canadian military lobbyists, who have made hundreds of millions from a war in Afghanistan which the vast majority of Canadians have opposed from the beginning.
Propagandizing professors who get all expense paid trips by the military in exchange for promoting the war.
Journalists and generals who have made a killing - sorry - writing books about this Great Canadian tragedy.
All of them can now spend their millions and live high in fat city, while...
Over 150 Canadian boys and girls lost their lives, thanks to a totally dumb and wrong-headed war, set up by their dumb politicians and generals, all of whom were demonstrably more stupid than the average Canadian voter, about this most sordid chapter in modern Canadian history.
Still, those pandering to the special interest groups - in spite of their wretched mistake - will grow old and fat on their pensions and retainers from war contractors.
The boys and girls who paid the ultimate price, for the grievous mistake of others, get a cold grave, and a minute on Remembrance Day.
Utter shame... Indefensible shame...
Compensation for the wasted dead is the bottom line. Soldiers have every right to be used properly by their political and military leaders. When used with clear and demonstrable negligence aforethought - let's just make that stupidly - they should sue the Government of Canada.
A $5 million lump sum, for the wrongful death of each Canadian veteran, killed in Afghanistan, is a small price to pay out of over 20 billion that no one had a problem finding to kill Muslims.
Let's see if politicians and generals believe the praise for the dead heroes they constantly talk about. Or are just blowing smoke, as many suspect...
Let's see if there is really genuine remorse for dead veterans in Canada, or just personal riches for the wealthy, ruling classes... and hot air for everyone else...
Here is a poppy as a down payment for the many more Canadian Forces men and women, privates, corporals, and sergeants, who will die in Afghanistan from hostile action because of their combat operations, in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015...
You can thank the inspiring words of John McCrae... whose poem, "In Flanders Fields," was a clear and passionate cry for revenge, and a pleading call to renew the bloodshed, and to "take up our quarrel with the foe..."
He was heard...
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The Former Remembrance Day
Every year, on Remembrance Day, people go through the motions, and take a minute, out of their year, to remember veterans of past conflicts who gave up their lives in wars that their politicians have arranged.
And politicians, who are more to blame for the deaths than anyone else, demand to be in the front line of those laying wreaths, and speaking pompous platitudes, for the lost generations of young people, then go off to plan sending the next batch to a premature death... on behalf of their business cronies...
And then there are those people saluting the hearses that carry Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, from the airport in Trenton, ON, to the morgue in Toronto...
It was all too much for our Poet Laurier...
Why, he asks, are all these people making a show of paying their "respects" for people who can't see, or benefit from their ostentatious display of "concern?"
Why isn't all that effort - and all the money - going to preserve the cause to keep the living alive, both Afghans and Canadians. And billions more needy people in other parts of the world?
Instead, Canadian politicians, businessmen, and industrialists, have arranged that tens of billions of dollars be spent to buy war materiel - from guess whom? - all for only one purpose, to kill Afghan Muslims, untold thousands of whom - women, children, and men - have died at the hands of Canadian soldiers, slavishly following the dictum of Canada's top general, who, early on, announced to the world the reason for the Canadian Forces going off shooting in Afghanistan.
"We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."
- Canadian General Rick Hillier (July 14, 2005)
It certainly goes a long way to explaining why Afghans are fighting back, big time, in bigger numbers, and with greater effect, with every passing year... to reclaim their homeland from the foreign white Christian invaders... like Canada's General Hillier who openly and proudly said he was coming over to command a death squad to kill Afghan "people."
"Anyone who goes into another person's country to kill,
Many noted Hillier's careful choice of words. "People" of course, includes women and children. And they have been killed in Afghanistan in huge numbers by the Coalition forces and the hell they have unleashed. The UN says more civilians were killed in 2009 than ever before.
"One person's collateral damage, is another's fiancée!"
- Linda McQuaig, Toronto Star
And presumably, since local people are bound to shoot back at foreign soldiers who do that, this will ensure a steady supply of sacrificed young Canadians that we will have to remember, on Remembrance Day... Good creative thinking General Hillier...
Yet most of the people on the highway overpass support the general's promotion of the killing of Afghan Muslims, and wish for more of the same.
The Afghan War, started by George Bush and the American industrial complex of business opportunists, has been going on longer than World War I and II combined, and the white Christian guys are losing - big time - to the local Muslim pajamahadeen.
God - in spite of what good Christians like Rosie and Christie would have you believe - is not always on the side of the Christians. And this time He has good reason.
But do give them all credit where it is due...
In wonderful fulfillment of the credo of Canadian General Hillier, who bragged loudly that "our job is to be able to kill people", tens of thousands of Afghan Muslim women, children, and men have been shot, exploded, dismembered, and burned to death. Untold hundreds of thousands of others have been maimed, disfigured, and blinded for life, thanks to over 20 billion dollars worth - and growing - of Canadian bombs, bullets, and shells unleashed in Afghanistan. And this year - after 8 years of war - civilian deaths, according to the UN, are worse than ever.
Above the headline on Oct. 3, 2009, after Canadians killed a 14 and a 16 year old, callously dismissed by a Canadian general, in a press conference, as "fighting age males." Just how many 14, 15, and 16 year-old "fighting age males" does the Canadian general have in his forces? Just another example of why Canadian generals are held in such contempt, at home and abroad...
This Canadian Globe article, with his words, is now posted on Arab language web sites all over the world. So Canada is becoming famous...
No wonder more and more Afghans, and increasing numbers of the 1.5 billion Muslims, world-wide, hate Canadians more and more every day, and new recruits flock to the Taliban, with vengeance in their hearts, and IEDs in their pockets. Canadian generals, like the drone happy, wedding targeting Americans, are clearly feeding the insurgency, with their hateful words, as well as their deeds...
But, on Remembrance Day, especially, we should never forget, there are real benefits to Canada, see below.
All because of the destabilizing destruction of a horrific war that war profiteers like George Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, and their Coalition of the Willing to do the Killing (CWILLKILL) have imposed on Afghanistan. Still, God is seeing that they're losing the fight to the local Afghan patriotic "rebels."
In desperation Canadian and American generals cry we need to change our strategy immediately. Oh, and what do they suggest?
"We need lots more troops to win" shout the generals leading CWILLKILL. Win what? They can't say.
Just like generals going way back, just more troops to do more killing...
All of this, of course, is a no-brainer, which is where generals come in... With a few hundred thousand more American and Canadian troops, the military situation might change, a bit, for a time. The killing of Muslims would certainly increase. So, it's not all bad... At least that would make Hillier, Rosie, and Christie, happy...
And the people on the bridge agree.
Hypocrisy? Stupidity? Revenge? Christian religious fervour? Or all of the above...?
Or, as our Poet Laurier suggests, they just want more parades and time off work...
Hey, we can guarantee, lots more coming up, of both...
Take up our quarrel with the foe...
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King was notorious for consulting with spirits, and his dead mother, to decide on in which direction he should guide Canada.
We know, for a fact, in spite of all the smoke and mirrors, that Prime Minister Harper is also consulting with spirits, and is looking up, and consulting with John McCrae left, Canada's most famous war poet, on whether he should pursue peace in Afghanistan - as most Canadians want - or more war and bloodletting - as his rich and powerful corporate friends want.
Alas, John is also Canada's most famous "war-mongering" poet, writing a ringing plea for revenge, and urging his countrymen to keep the butchery going in the name of the already dead...
Which is why the Prime Minister has taken a special shine to McCrae of late. His closest advisors assure us that he has already taken McCrae's advice.
"Take up our quarrel with the foe;
From the moment Steve Harper (PM) and Peter MacKay (Defence Minister) promised, unequivocally, that they would have Canadian combat soldiers leave Afghanistan in 2011, we said, over two years ago, that the conning Prime Minister and MacKay were lying, would never do it, and had, from the beginning, not the slightest intention of following through on their promise to Canadians.
Though the toadying calumnists of the Mainstream Media played along with the patently dishonest government con - hook, line, and stinker.
Not one chose to write, or warn about, the predictably obvious coming double-cross, but, year after year, played along with a policy to prolong the war in Afghanistan that Harper, MacKay, and the Media Moguls, clearly wanted.
Not one cloying calumnist challenged Harper and MacKay's credibility on the issue of whether they really intended to pull out Canadian troops in 2011, as they were always saying, but wrote as if they were principled men, who meant what they said, instead of consummate con men who had a long history of lying.
(Globe & Star editorials have called Harper a liar numerous times, but not on this issue.)
Now, two years after we laid out the exact "countdown to the coming con" sequence, which we predicted the devious duo would follow to justify their complete turn around, their public relations ploy is coming into play exactly as we said, in every detail...
And Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Red Tory Liberals, claims astonishment, saying this totally predictable development comes completely out of the blue... Up which orifice has he had his head since he was anointed Liberal leader by backroom party hacks funded by corporate cronies, who just like Iggy, love war, and just a little torture, just a tad too much?
Small wonder Canadians would rather throw up, than vote, or read the paper...
And no other nations would vote for Canada for a seat at the UN...
HOW WRONG WE WERE - TWO YEARS AGO!!!
On Nov. 13, 2010, the Steve Harper Canadian Government finally admitted - following the exact modus operandi we had predicted OVER TWO YEARS AGO - that Canadian military troops would remain in Afghanistan for several more years, even though the Prime Minister had resolutely, and repeatedly promised, over the past two years, to pull them out, in 2011, no ifs, ands, or buts...
Chutzpah... CHUTZPAH... DOUBLE CHUTZPAH...
This is the first major Canadian Government initiative of Harper's newly (Nov) appointed Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, placed in the PM's office
by Gerry Schwartz, the founding spirit and chief activist of
the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy,
which he founded for exactly this purpose, in 2004, and who has now succeeded in seconding - given him a temporary leave of absence - his right hand man from his Onex Corporation, to direct Canada's foreign policy in line with the wishes of the Israeli Government, its foreign office, and the Israeli Defence Forces.
This was in the very same period that Gerry's wife - also a passionate Zionist - got Steve Harper's wife to co-sign a public letter dissing the Muslim Iranian Government about the (alleged) coming execution of a (one) woman, even though neither of these two gals had ever written any letter of protest condemning Israel for the thousands of Muslim women and children that Israel had routinely and deliberately massacred in its military campaigns in Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank...
(Jewish intellectuals like Professor Tom Segev have long charged that killing civilian Muslims is a secret and deliberate policy of the Israel Defence Forces. And these two gals are obviously quite OK with that...)
Under Harper Canada has become the Little Israel of the North... sharing that tiny middle eastern country's enormous credibility problem with regard to whether it actually believes that the world's 1.4 billion Muslims - including those who are Canadian citizens, like the Arar, Khadr, and the Lebanese Canadian Akhras family killed by the Israelis - are really worthy of human rights consideration...
Prime Minister Harper, who has made no secret that he gets his marching orders from Israel, approved, saying the Israeli action was "measured."
He never criticized Israel, even minimally, for the human rights violations, the act of war, or war crimes.
He continues to be - and appear to be - a willing puppet for whatever the Israeli foreign and defence ministries want to do.
Not to sell him short, Steve did say "sorry about that" to the family...
When the Israelis killed 8 unarmed Turkish Muslim peace activists in an attack on a Turkish ship on the high seas, a clear violation of international law, the Turkish Government howled in protests against Israel's outrage, in a voice heard around the world...
When 11 members of the Canadian Akhras family - OK, we admit it, they're only Muslims - were killed by Israelis while on a holiday visit to family in Lebanon, the Canadian Government of Steve Harper - made up of extremist Judeo-Christians - did not issue even a single peep of protest...
Canada has a racist foreign and domestic policy, which it pursues, with a vengeance, even against its own nationals...
NOW DO YOU SEE WHY NO ONE - EXCEPT ISRAEL - VOTED FOR CANADA
FOR A SEAT ON THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL...?
Oh, we almost forgot, Canada and Canadians get something more out of it...
IEDs, planted by angry Afghans have killed most Canadian troops.
Right one such improvised explosive device, consisting of an anti-tank mine and four huge artillery shells connected by detonating cord, to be exploded together as soon as an "enemy" appears nearby.
Canada has done its very best to make sure the green and junior members of its Armed Forces are exposed to this stuff.
A Dishonest, Dishonourable & Disastrous Debacle from Day One
Right from Day One, God has let it be known, in no uncertain terms, that He is not, in any way, shape, or form, on the side of the white, European Christian troops of NATO, in their war against the non-white Muslims of Afghanistan.
September 2009, might be a rude time to point out that 8 years, and billions of dollars, after the Americans unilaterally (OK with Britain) attacked Afghanistan, the NATO military achievements are at their lowest ebb ever.
And their top generals admit it. They're failing at killing, something Americans have the world's best record at - well, OK, after the NAZIS...
This is the success Canadian generals, and the Canadian mainstream media, have been bragging about for years... and squandering an unending stream of young Canadian lives for...
The gung-ho Canadian military followed their own "Killer Hillier" from one disaster to another.
Till US War Secretary Gates said "Enough," and sent them packing, along with a cryptic but pointed private aside to Dick Cheney, "Hell Rosie and Christie are their best fighters. If we had another platoon like them this war would've been over long ago."
The long bragging Canadian generals have been sent packing to Kandahar proper where they can't get in anyone's way anymore, as the Americans take over the responsibility for the sector of Afghanistan that General Hillier had turned into a disaster zone for the Americans, the Afghans, and over 130 dead young Canadian soldiers it took to create it...
Pte. Jonathan Couturier was #131 killed in Hillier's War. Like the vast majority of Canadians he thought - his brother claims - that the mission "was a little useless and that they were wasting their time over there," and that "he didn't want to go." The haunting look in his eyes is devastating... He knows what's coming...
In the topsy turvy world of the Canadian military he was smarter than the generals who commanded him.
Tragically he became a victim of their stupidity. Canadian deaths, as he - like most Canadians - foresaw, were "useless" and an "awful waste."
His own death occurred only because Canadian politicians are afraid to buck the special interest groups that promote the war, and refuse to fulfill the wishes of the vast majority of Canadians who want the troops brought home now, before more useless deaths of young Canadians occur.
A tragic confluence of the planets and an unfortunate assembly of misanthropes brought these young Canadians an early death.
They, not the Taliban, pajamahadeen, whatever, fighting to defend their families in their own homeland against foreign invading Christian soldiers from half way around the world, are responsible for the deaths of these Canadian young people.
Not to mention countless thousands of Afghani men, women, and children.
rapacious US captains of industry who are planning to build a pipeline to carry oil across Kandahar and need military protection,
- toadying journalists who dream up good sounding slogans to excuse massive bloodletting by exclusievely white European Judeo-Christain soldiers in a totally non-white Muslim counrty.
They have conspired together to create a monument for the Ages...
Si Monumentum Requiris, Circumspice
It is why the vast majority of Canadians have always opposed the participation of the Canadian Forces in this wrong-headed foreign adventure.
And their numbers are growing...
(Sorry Afghans were never involved, and had nothing to do with any of this - they were, in fact, the last to find out about the invasion and occupation of their country.
Throughout history, invading armies have always managed to find local collaborators to prop up as the "legitimate" local rulers "who invited us in." The age-old pattern repeats in Afghanistan.)
It will remain, for all time, the most disgraceful and worst misuse of the Canadian Forces in history...
But don't think any of that will stop the outrage. They'll keep right on getting young Canadians killed, because it's good for business...
And two more young victims were added to the indefensible death toll, on Sept. 7, 2009 -
And for what? The growing pile of bodies accomplishes nothing for Canada, or Afghanistan...
So who says we're smarter than we were 130 years ago?
Bobs became, by far, Canada's most popular general ever.
The fabulous stein produced in Canada by Canadians in his honour, in 1900, shows us the huge regard Canadians had for this victorious Victorian general.
It is also a reminder that no one is remotely thinking of producing a similar memorabilia item for any current Canadian general.
Why can't Canada have smart generals anymore, like Lord Roberts, who was enormously successful in Afghanistan, where all his successors continue to fail miserably, exactly because they fail to understand Afghanistan and its people the way he did.
Why did Major Mendes Have to Die?
We raised this question in November, 2009 with the following analysis.
Neither Canadians, nor the family of Major Mendes, ever received proper answers to troubling questions.
Why did she do it?
There are only three brutal possibilities, all extremely disturbing...
1 - Was she a nut bar? Then who made her a Major in the Canadian Forces? Then why was she praised by senior commanders? And why was she sent to Afghanistan in a senior position? For the second time?
2 - Was she stressed out from being forced to fight in an unjust or useless war, that poll after poll shows, the vast majority of Canadians strongly oppose?
Many soldiers and family members of men who have been killed, have spoken out on exactly this belief, a sentiment that is also widespread among many soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and come home to speak to friends and relatives.
Pvt. Jonathan Couturier, #131 of those killed, was hardly the first or only one to protest from the grave.
3 - Was she sexually assaulted by a senior officer, and when she reported it, told by her superior generals to forget it, that boys will be boys, and are in a war zone, and so not responsible for what they do under stress, that she should learn to live with it, they would not carry her complaint any further, or take action against the guilty party?
And for the sake of her career, she would be well advised to keep quiet and not undermine Canada's war effort with a big exposée at this crucial time.
Confronted with all that, it would only be a matter of time till the next time...
The question remains: How many other women under his command, did General Menard accost? Clearly, as in the case of Colonel Williams, these deviant acts are never single incidents, but part of a pattern of abuse until they are uncovered and stopped. There are always multiple victims, like in the Catholic Church, hockey organizations, Boy Scout groups, etc., where predators can operate with a free hand on powerless victims. Was Major Mendes just another one, in General Hillier's NEW Canadian military?
4 - Today Canadians are asking a new question. Was Major Michelle Mendes murdered by a Canadian senior officer, and was it covered up to protect the military senior commanders from being found out?
Clearly there has been a giant cover up in the death of Major Mendes.
Whom does it involve? Was it to cover up rape? Or murder? Or both? Canadians want answers.
5 - The final concern - There appears to be some question on whether these developments will harm Colonel Williams' next promotion to general. The military feels these distractions should not interfere with the exemplary career path of an "Officer, and a Gentleman..."
Because General Hillier - famous for bragging to the press that he would kill his way to victory - listened too much to Rosie and Christie - Canada's chief war promoters - he ended up being the first Canadian general in history to lose a war.
His recent book and interviews make it clear this Renegade General is angry at his civilian masters and wants to shift the blame to them for a disastrous war adventure that he promoted with all his being since he came on the scene - and since he left it, dismissed - if you can believe this by his bosses of the most right wing Canadian government in history. Governments who traditionally love making war on anyone if there's a buck to be made by their business partners. But this general was too extreme and self-promotional even for them...
But give him credit for seeing it coming. Which is why he jumped ship - at age 52, and after a for-shortened term as Canada's chief soldier - leaving his successor to handle a failing mess he had orchestrated for the men and women who make up the Canadian Forces.
The 131 dead young Canadians are his legacy, more than anyone else's.
But, his publicist assures us, the far superior number of Afghan dead, of men, women, and children, makes this a very worthwhile investment. And one we should continue to build on.
But not all is lost. A number of Canadians have started turning the corpse into cash...
War Profiteering Generals - General Hillier, who's never written a book in his life, whose vocabulary doesn't extend much beyond "detestable murderers and scum bags" and whose previous self-declared job description was "our job is to be able to kill people," you know, sort of like Al Capone, has now quickly rushed to produce a book that turns the blood of Canadian boys and girls into personal profit.
They're dead, DEAD, DEAD, while Hillier says he will keep on working for another 10 to 15 years, at guess what?
The Hillier War for Fun and Profit
Promoting the Hillier War and raking in the big bucks as a lobbyist for the foreign armament dealers and contractors, for whom he made billions of dollars by requisitioning war materiel to carry out his "killing spree" in Afghanistan.
It's become a huge problem for Canada and Canadians, one which the media never exposes - generals who are all temporary civil servants, on short term contracts, before they go to work, raking in the big bucks, for fifteen or twenty years, as lobbyists for defence contractors who love promoting war and making the Canadian taxpayer pay for the fun and games.
So two or three years at the top offers a great opportunity to set yourself up in the after life, just around the corner, with by far the biggest income earning years of your life still ahead.
Say it's a solid investment in decades of retirement, rewarded with millions in lobbying fees from cackling war profiteers grateful for contracts on many huge helicopters, many huge transport planes, tanks, armoured cars, guns, bombs, and ammunition.
All for the 74th smallest armed forces in the world.
It's exactly the same crowd that lobbied the NAZIS, to get fat industrial contracts to build the trains to carry Jews to the death camps, the showers to gas them, and the crematoriums to burn the remains. And the facilitating lobbyists (including generals) get a piece of the cut for using their influence to make sure the contracts only go to the most deserving industrialists... You know, like Karlheinz Schreiber...
The only difference is, these are ours; those were theirs (meaning the Germans, the other partners in the NATO force of European Christians carrying out war against the Muslims of Afghanistan.)
War Profiteering Journalists - Journalists are every bit as opportunistic at turning dead veterans into cash. Christie Blatchford of the Toronto Globe made a killing - sorry - by publishing a pro-war book about Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
In a country where sales of 5,000 are considered a best seller, Christie, on her calculator, figured that with 100,000 keen members of the Canadian Forces (including reservists), most of whom would buy, this book would be a block buster. True to predictions it is billed as a "National Bestseller." Good gut instinct Christie!
Left the shrewd and calculating Blatchford whose columns have unashamedly boosted the war to help sales from the beginning. You know, keep the war going, keep those sales coming in.
You go girl...!
And no! - perish the thought - the proceeds from the book don't go to the widows and orphaned children of deceased veterans, over whom she gushes tears, but to flush up Christie's bank account. And so, coming up: Cancun, Botox, and a more high class internet Dating Service, than she has been able to afford...
War Profiteering Professors - And let's not forget University Professor extremists like Dr. David Bercuson - who has openly and wholeheartedly promoted the war.
He has repeatedly taken big dollops of cash from Canada's Department of National Defence - from who else we can't say - to go on "research" trips to Afghanistan so he can promote and justify all the killing that Canadians are doing there - he's given space in the Globe and Mail right beside Christie. At least the good professor admits taking the handouts, in a sidebar addendum to his articles. Probably the Globe insisted on disclosure after they read what he wrote, and felt, no way could they pass off his rant as journalism. It was clearly something else...
That's the scary looking Doctor Death right. If I were a Taliban, I would convert to Christianity, like right now...
Hey, and don't say it doesn't pay - big time - to come from the same place that the Prime Minister - the most right wing PM in Canadian history - has his electoral riding, and who also attended the same University of Calgary, which the professor uses as his pulpit.
We suggest a makeover - mentally and physically - for the professor. But we fear it's too late; he's lived in isolation in the wild west too long... And *&?%#¨ happens to people who do that... No wonder he's way out of line with what most Canadians think about the Afghan war he's been promoting for years.
War-Profiteering Lobbyists & Bribe-Taking Civil Servants - Karlheinz Schreiber, famous in Canada as the war-profiteering payoff man, for international arms manufacturers, did all Canadians a huge favour by exposing some of the top Canadian federal and provincial politicians - including a Prime Minister, his former Chief of Staff, and a Premier - to whom he had paid out nearly 30 million dollars in "success fees." (Karlheinz gave us the proper terminology for the "payoff when the bribe worked.") You know, the same kind the Karzai brothers take in Afghanistan (from the CIA and others.) But the Karzai boys are less hypocritical than Canada's unctuous business and political elite, and openly admit they're bribes, and don't invent fancy terms to cover opportunistic greed.
Mysteriously, one thing the Inquiry and Karlheinz did not make clear. And no media journalist of any kind tried to find out the obvious (the skittish media owners, with friends in high places, have some doors they just don't want their scribes to open).
Namely, to which top civil servants in Ottawa did these outed politicians, in turn, pay bribes to, to make sure their departments purchased war materiel from Karlheinz's armaments manufacturing patrons. Just how does this lobby chain work to funnel Canadian tax money to their bribe givers?
Karlheinz, who paid off Canada's top politicians, multi-millions, for some 20 years, and ought to know what he is talking about - he was a personal guest both at Prime Minister Mulroney's official residence and private home and has a personally autographed photo given to him by the grateful PM - told the Parliamentary Ethics Committee another shocker.
As we speak, he said, multi-millions are being paid to the same people he paid, to make sure that the clients they represent as lobbyists get the arms contracts going to their patrons. And Canada has spent some 20 billion dollars in the past few years on war materiel. This means tens of millions of "success fees" have been going to "lobbyists" to promote war hysteria, to cause Canada to fight in Afghanistan, in the cause of huckstering war materiel sales. Well, they will admit, too bad about the collateral damage - we mean the killing of young men and women in the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. After all it's for a good cause... right...
But then, everybody knew that already; we just hate to hear our politicians and civil servants being exposed for what they really are, behind the scenes, and under the table.
PS. Don't call these war mongers hypocrites for wearing poppies. They're truly grateful for the soldiers who sign up to die for their country. And making them rich beyond compare.
Sorry, we keep drifting off on all these war profiteers, and forgetting...
As well as piling up bodies of Canadian young people, and thousands of Afghan men, women and children, the Afghan War does pile up Canadian political capital with the US ruling classes... and fellowship with war profiteers extraordinaire George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Oh, and isn't this exactly where we all came in... to Afghanistan...?
They do what they do for their bags of cash, lobbying dividends, their book revenues, their free trips...
A Final Desperate Move: Lots of the Canadian boys killed in Kandahar never wanted to join the military out of choice.
Many did it out of simple desperation as, with only a couple of years of high school education, and living in a poor area of Canada, they couldn't find work to support their families.
So, for the sake of their families, they joined up, and gambled... with their lives...
A poster child, of this big group of hopeless, and desperate men and women, was the first Canadian killed by the enemy in Kandahar, Sgt. Rob Short, from New Brunswick, who was 42.
Bemoaned his devastated widow, left to raise a child on her own:
Instead of Rob becoming the saviour of his wife and child, by joining the military, his widow confessed to a journalist, the death of her soldier husband had created a downward spiral that destroyed his formerly close-knit family, and sundered apart the loving network of in-laws that existed when he was alive.
The obvious moral - Don't let Rob's death be in vain...
Stay in school and get an education. So you can get a job - like the generals, politicians, and journalists have - where you don't have to risk your life to feed your family...
Can shoot off your mouth with jingoistic rants, to your heart's content, without personal consequences...
Here's a Novel Thought...
The graph also makes absolutely clear how totally idiotic is the constant claim by Canadian politicians, generals, and toadying mainstream media calumnists, that they are winning the war against the Taliban, that they are beating back the uprising, that their billions of dollars spent on armaments and ammunition have worked miracles, that the Taliban, which were supposedly a terrible threat in 2001 - look at their puny relative presence on the graph in 2001 - have been put in their place and are less of a threat in 2010. And that Afghans have put out the welcome mat for Canadian troops recruited "to kill" by General Hillier.
In fact the war against the Afghans is the biggest squandering of Canadian tax money in Canadian history.
Not so fast... pro-war lobbyist friends of the Government like the late former Premier Frank Moores, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his lawyer lobbyist Fred Doucet, have raked in not millions, but hundreds of millions in "success fees" from international arms dealers.
In fact they love it that the Canadian military's losing big time; it's an integral part of their business plan. It's their trump card for pushing for ever bigger and larger expenditures of military hardware to kill Muslim women, children, and men.
It makes their income from secret cash bribes rise astronomically, allowing them to stuff ballooning offshore bank accounts, buy huge overseas mansions, and over indulge in fast cars, and faster women.
Overall the war in Afghanistan is the biggest con ever perpetrated on the people of Canada and the World, by the grossly greedy Canadian Establishment of politicians, generals, and media calumnists, in Canadian history.
The ball is now in the hands of Canadians, at the polls...
Trouble is, they are only offered a choice between Maxi-Harper, and Mini-Harper... It's so bad actually, that this year Maxi and Mini have teamed up to buy matching His and His Christmas Gifts, as an economy measure in troubled times.
Conservative and Liberal party loyalists - hey they can't tell each other apart anymore - will receive the fabulously ingenious "Here's Lookin' at You Kid," double-duty, Maxi-Pad slippers, though we hate to admit it, positively one of the brighter initiatives of the Harper Government.
It's no choice at all... But hey, it's what passes for Democracy in Canada, in the 21st century...
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