Canadians dying over U.S. drug policy in Afghanistan: report-CBC (Plenty of Afghans dying as well)* "While the 2,300 Canadian soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan aren't directly involved in poppy eradication, they are seen as part of the U.S.-led effort, said the report. Canada should step away from American policies on poppy farms and create its own policies to address the issue, said the council. Afghanistan is responsible for 87 per cent of the world's supply of illegal opium, the United Nations estimates. As many as 3.5 million Afghans are involved in the trade, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the country's gross domestic product. Most of that illegal opium ends up in Europe and the U.S. The report also said Canadian development initiatives in the country have failed because of the U.S.-led policies." CBC Headline changed to read: "PM dismisses critique of Afghanistan mission" Oh CBC, you are such shills... Here is a PDF of the actual report from the 'Sendlis Council'. Check it out and decide for yourself...
Second, the Harper government renewed the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) agreement with the United States, making it permanent, and adding maritime defense to the agreement, which previously covered only air defense. Some have argued that this arrangement will reduce Canadian sovereignty over the country's internal waters.
Third, the Harper government signed a preliminary Softwood deal with the Bush administration, designed to manage softwood trade between the two countries. A close analysis of the proposed agreement indicates that it is, at best, a mediocre deal for Canada.
Fourth, in a move that profoundly pleased the Bush administration, Harper announced that his conservative government would scrap the Kyoto protocol on climate change. Fifth, to make sure that it is in the good graces of G. W. Bush, Harper let it be known that he is 100 percent behind him in his gambit with Iran." flashback: The Fifth Afghan War B. Cloughley - 29 / 30, 2005 "The repellent crime of burning bodies only adds to the list of evils committed in Afghanistan by the invaders. From the slaughter of wedding parties by indiscriminate bombing, to the torture and murder of absolutely innocent prisoners, and the killing of four Afghan policemen by US troops "by mistake" on October 18 there has been little but disaster. (You didn't see anything in the US media about the police being killed. Of course not. But Reuters reported it, noting that it was the second such incident in a week.) The result of all these atrocities has been strengthening of resistance to US forces and growing hatred of America." Hey, Count Canada in! It seems that's what our government has brought us, enjoy!
"I work for Dick Cheney and the Canamerican Dream"
"This deeply flawed strategy is consuming hundreds of billions of dollars, creating more recruits and supporters of terrorism than it defeats and is diverting attention from threats to security that are far more serious, lasting and destructive than that of international terrorism."
Italy Wakes Up to Afghanistan... Cobelligerents By Matteo Colombi "The mission in Afghanistan is no longer a peace mission. Italy is in war without having made this choice."
Guilty! - Trial by Politician (Court Trials and evidence are for chumps): The government had to do something as polls show the majority of Canadians do not support ‘President’ Harper’s folding of Canadian foreign policy into the Neoconservative American Imperialist agenda. If an attack had occurred, most Canadians with a brain would make the association between Canada’s imperialist proxy army status and the resulting “blowback”. Even though Canada hopped on the Bush/Cheney blood wagon and started giving gun barrel dictation to Afghanis, the perception of Canadians as "innocent victims of faceless evil" must be established and perpetuated by our craven "leaders" in order to make ‘sense’ of the senseless.
If anybody wondered why the Neocons needed to ram a snap stealth vote to extend our war in Afghanistan down the Parliament’s throat perhaps this “terror” scenario now unfolding might offer a clue.
As the two "leaders" on opposite sides of the same coin, (‘President’ Harper and fake liberal Billy Graham), congratulate each other and the Canadian secret police on the “sting operation” that netted what they are both calling “terrorists” (without revealing any of what now will be classified as “secret evidence”), the die is cast, the patsies designated and the public reeling. It would appear that a trial by ignorance is occurring in Canada as this alleged “terror-bombing plot” has been revealed in a massive fear inducing media blitz. Just days after our secret police, “CSIS”, had announced “home-grown terror” is the greatest threat to Canada the apparent reason for this claim has been revealed in an explosion of assumption and incremental information leakage. The 'facts' are not all present in the media about the 17 Muslims (aside from their names and home locations) rounded up after what has apparently been a years long investigation involving the tracking of “radicals” who have been “training” and building up supplies for what is assumed to be an imminent “terror” attack in Toronto.
Scream monkeys: Irrational fear is the key to Forever War.
The Rhetorical Connection/ Rationale Turnabout: If George Bush is the “Decider” then Steve Harper is the “Recycler”:
"We are a target because of who we are and how we live, our society, our diversity and our values - values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The values that make Canada great, values that Canadians cherish." Stephen Harper, June 3rd, 2006
"Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber - a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms - our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." George W. Bush, Sept 21, 2001 That's right simpletons ”They hate us for our freedoms” now stop thinking, be afraid, and go shopping.
Of course our Neocon at arms, ‘Scumbag Killer’ Hillier has come out and said that this unproven “plot” PROVES that our “mission” (read WAR) in Afghanistan is justified by the fact that Canadian citizens inside of Canada have ALLEGEDLY been concocting a bomb plot. How this gung-ho can even make a connective claim that legitimizes our degeneration into a proxy army of American Imperialism boggles the mind. If indeed people are going to be "radicalized", (not that any proof of anything has been provided anywhere), in the West do you not think it would be a by-product of Western militaries roaming Muslim lands on human hunting expeditions?
I would never attempt to downplay the fact that there are radical Imams in the Islamic faith all over the world that will call upon Muslims for violent uprising (Jihad) as a response to Western wars and occupations. They are merely the ideological counterbalance to our own Neoconservative fundamentalists who instead of truck bombs and suicide belts have the multi-trillion dollar Western military industrial complex of occupying armies with their limitless ground/air/sea/outer space/false flag provocateur/mercenary thug assets at their disposal. Both are twisted fundamentalists with ultimate power and control as their real goals. Both feed off of each other while the respective citizens of their nations wilfully or unwittingly supply them with endless funds and disposable soldiers.
For those among us who have ceased to be informed “citizens” and happily degraded into status grubbing “consumers”, the mere mention of Fauxsama bin Goldstein’s almost mythical “army of darkness” is all it takes for them to beg for the removal of their personal freedom and the Neoconservative’s desired reality of a locked down, meticulously monitored, “North American Nation”.
The Reality Check Flashback you will not see in Western Media: Brzezinski in late 70’s, telling Afghans (VIDEO): ” Your cause is right. God is on your side. ” - via A.R.G. Former American National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski rallies Mujahadeen "freedom fighters" to "do jihad" against the then Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Watch the above video to gain a little insight into the CIA/American origins of "Al Qaeda". Building up their own Bogeymen to justify later military industrial rackets/wars is an American tradition. The American/CIA database of these American-described “freedom fighters" would come to be known as “Al Qaeda” and the justification for the present so-called "War on Terror".
Useless Western Media: With so-called “journalists” such as CTV’s Neocon harpy Jane Taber, (who would fit like a glove on Fox News) asking her guest “experts” if it is, “Time to be scared yet?” the great blanket of irrational fear and racism has been pulled up from the U.S. and spread over Canada. Every dummy that eats the rancid shit sandwich of Neoconservative hate and disinformation is wide-eyed and foaming with fear and loathing. Mosques are being vandalized and the vast majority of Canadian Muslims who came to Canada to escape religious extremism are now branded with it by the mainstream. The idea that the only “terrorists” in this world are Muslims is mightily reinforced. What now pasts for "journalism" in the Western media serves the Neoconservative agenda by promoting fear while never questioning the true motives of the West. Our Canadian media exalts the heroism and necessity of our new Canadian militarism while staying oddly incurious about the origins and motivations of North America’s Neoconservative governments so-called “War on Terror”.
False Flag Watch: With Muslims now 'clearly identified' as the “greatest threat” to Canadian’s continued unthinking consumptions and detachment from the true motivations behind today’s wars and occupations, anything that happens in Canada after this point will doubtless be attributed to “Radical Islam” regardless of any proof. The patsies are now firmly established in the minds of the “consumers”. Watch out Canada the next “hit” will most likely be professional, successful, and designed to reinforce the the Western corporate media’s vigorously perpetuated ideologies and goals of the Neoconservative/Zionist agenda.
A Personal Note: Yesterday my wife, (who is beautifully brown), and I witnessed the beginnings of the tide of fear and ignorance oozing through the psyche of propagandized “white/Xtian” Canada. As she drove to the edge of our driveway on her way to work a middle-aged white woman passed by the front of her car slowly. This white woman, upon observing a brown person behind the wheel of the oncoming vehicle, mumbled to herself and did the “sign of the cross” over herself before driving away.
One could only assume that this television-programmed victim of “Brand associated Kanadian Kulture” had assumed my wife’s skin colour automatically made her one of those “terrorist people” causing the fearful media victim to quickly beg her invisible sky monster to deliver her from this petite, swarthy heathen.
Stop and Think for Yourself: Fear and ignorance have been the stock and trade of the American Neoconservative bigots and it appears it might just get some quality play for the Harper/puppet Neocons here.
Use your own logic and for godsake use the internet because the Mainstream Corporate Media in Canada has joined their American counterparts in the practice of fearmongering and painfully incurious adherence to the myopic and self-serving Western “War on Terror” propaganda. Let's not rush to vilify entire races and religions in the face of lopsided and biased Corporate media “coverage” of the disingenuous rationales of our Neoconservative warmongers.
Oh, we will have more to say about this soon...
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