Can there be anybody out there who is not sickened by the ongoing American attack, invasion, occupation, torture, rape and massacre of Iraq and Afghanistan? And can there be anyone who is not shocked by their repetitive ramp-up rhetoric for even more warmongering – and on an exponentially more dangerous scale- as can be heard in the current frantic tattoo on Iran? And is there anybody out there who is not totally ashamed and alarmed by Canada's grovelling complicity in this utter catastrophe?
Canada is sucked into the American Global War on Terror (GWOT) mainly because our power elite, contrary to the views of the majority, share the Bush administration's Neocon capitalist ideology for the world. Americans see themselves as the greatest epitome of the human race, and are therefore entitled to control and consume the world's resources. Canada's "New Government" is inexorably integrating us into that maw. If Canada did not pipeline away energy resources southward at the cheap rate that it does, or try to sell oil for real money on the international market like Iran and Iraq did, we too would be immediately branded as terrorists and invaded. We should be embarrassed and outraged by how cheap Canada has been sold out.
The Neocon's (example: Stephen Harper) would have us believe that the GWOT is about a fanatical religious ideology which recruits ranks of "unlawful combatant" suiciders around the world because "they hate our freedoms." Of course, nobody signs up for suicide because of an ideology, but it's easy to understand what motivates a suicide bomber. Just imagine (it's easy if you try) yourself sitting at home one evening, surrounded by your loving family. Schaaaaack!! You are splattered with the body parts of your children. Some fat, lazy video-terminal, push-button warrior has launched a surgical strike with precision weaponry from and airconditioned kiosk half a world away.
You will now strap on a bomb-belt and go looking for the biggest crowd of Americans you can find. And you will spend every subsequent moment of your existence focussed entirely on your vengeance. More terror always motivates more retaliation, and more of humanity is terrorized by American violence than by any other. People around the world now view those who serve the American military behemoth, in whatever capacity, as nothing but volunteer terrorists. The ultra-belligerent activities of the USA military are spawning ranks upon ranks of avengers which no amount of force can ever defeat.
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There is no humanitarian agenda in Afghanistan which can be achieved by Canadian submission to American aggression. Our abstention from the spiralling American atrocity in Iraq notwithstanding, yet Canada is suckered deep into America's vortex of violence. There we are, assaulting the war-exhausted people of Afghanistan alongside, and in subordination to, the world's most violent terrorist organization. What the heck are we doing in Afghanistan, anyone should ask, especially those Canadians of us who are over there doing the killing and the dieing. If a genuine concern for human rights is the justification, why aren't we rushing over to Burma to help in their hour of need as well? As Peace-Keepers, the Canadian military may once have had something useful to offer the people of Afghanistan, or the innumerable desperate others around the world. We were once respected, and depended on as Peace-keepers. It is shameful to me that Canada's once-proud military now takes orders from, and dutifully prostrates itself to the American agenda.
Let's face it, the USA is going down. All this warmongering is their final petulant tantrum, and they may take us all down with them. We've had all this hype recently about the strength of the Canadian dollar, when it's the US buck that's crashing. The USA buck is the defacto global oil-transaction currency, China owns 40% of the US debt, and keeps $8 billion US on hand for the purpose of buying oil. When China cashes in their stock of what is now basically green, ink-stained paper for real money, such as the Euro, the USA economy will collapse. At $8 trillion (that's with 12 zeros!) in the red and counting, the USA is the world's largest debtor nation. They've got virtually no oil themselves and they're hopelessly addicted. They might be fat and spoiled now, but the writing's on the wall for all to see. Their country is run by imbecilic oiligarchs who are clearly aware of the depleted state of the world's oil stocks, and being unable to compete anymore in the global marketplace, they are taking the spoils by force.
There can be no honour or pride in being subordinate to the worlds most violent and deranged terrorist organization, but in Afghanistan, General Rick Hillier and the Canadian military take orders from Americans. The presence of all this military aggression has brought no benefit whatsoever to the Afghan people, nor brought any stability of any kind to the region. That's why I appreciate the UVSS powerful and courageous message to the warmongering recruiters to just fuck right off. If there are UVic students who are stupid enough to sign up for the American GWOT, they can find the recruitment office by themselves. We don't need these idiotic warmongers on this campus, which ostensibly, is a place where people strive for higher learning.
Ingmar Lee has travelled across Afghanistan, where its people have successfully repulsed repeated invasions of belligerents throughout its history. Ingmar can be reached through his website: www.ingmarlee.com
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