Kanada Rekonsidered

A Kanadian anarchist writes…�Dude, our elected assholes aren't fucking around anybody but Canadian citizens. The government of Canada has never gone in for such wholesale imperialism that we've become hated around the world; quite the contrary, Canada is generally respected in foreign countries and Canadians who visit those countries are usually treated warmly; so much so that Americans have been known to wear clothing that implicitly identifies them as Canadians. We haven't perpetrated genocide against the Iraqi people and pretended nobody got hurt because those civilian casualties were only "collateral damage" anyway, and that doesn't count. We haven't invaded any foreign countries, ever, using an excuse that was obviously bullshit from start to finish as part of an effort to extirpate a sociological phenomenon, and certainly not against two of our former puppets. And speaking of puppets, Canada has never gone in for destabilizing governments and then installing a pet bloodyhanded butcher. In short, we have never comported ourselves in such a manner that we would have to enact such knee-jerk reactionary, paranoid measures because we haven't made ourselves a target.

Let’s be very clear here. Canada has been a stalwart ally and dependable friend of the U.S. This American loves Canada.

But this self-righteous prattle above must be called out. The label “coat holder� may be a bit harsh, but Canada has been reaping peace dividends, the same windfalls enjoyed by our European friends and South Korea, for years. Concurrently, for decades Americans have had a sizeable chunk of their tax dollars earmarked for the bullshit idea of protecting the world from those that hold little affection for hockey, much less democracy.

And when Trudeau wasn’t chasing American skirts, Streisand and Kidder to name a few, or Castro's olive fatigues, he was busy suspending the civil rights of the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ), closing the borders and sending the army on a welcome wagon tour of Quebec. Bayonets affixed. (Did I mention Trudeau’s suspension of due process and the ability to arrest anyone belonging to the FLQ?) Now what about that dirty American John Ashcroft?

Genocide. Well now that certainly gets one’s attention doesn’t it. Perhaps our north of the border anarchist would like to discuss his lily white hands with a few Native Americans up there? Or was that killing done by the British? I do have a tendency to forget that, speaking of puppets, Canada played that role long after our country began its foray into destabilizing governments. Britain to be specific.

Back to war games. Money is good and Canada certainly has no compunction about blood-soaked greenbacks on a northbound train. Particularly in light of Canada's GNP dependence upon its war mongering US trading partner. I wonder if our anarchist has considered the groveling of Canadian companies such as GasTOPS, CAE, Heroux-Devtek and Magellan Aerospace to get their mitts on the US war machine’s Joint Strike Fighter appropriations?

Do I really need to mention the 18 billion in contracts Canada will be puckering up to The Great Satan to get?

I love Canada. And most Canadians. But for the comfortable anarchist types, the one’s with nice jobs, full pantries, high-speed dial up, and "No War for Oil" stickers on their Japanese imports I say this. That isn’t Canada you are living in. It’s Fantasy Island.

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re: Kanada

Even though I have no great love for the US I'm certainly not naive enough to think for one moment that my own country hasn't done it's own share of dirty deeds (done dirt cheap...sorry). What the Cdn gov't does, both at home and abroad is less noticed than the US because we're less powerful.

I think most canadians understand how dependent our economy is on the US one, how closely tied we are in many areas, regardless of how they feel about the US and/or it's citizens. I have a cousin who despises americans, hates them unreasonably so--but guess where her favourite place to shop is? Wal-Mart. I don't think she understands the concept of logic.

Personally, I'm not fond of the stereotypical American. However, I know better than to assume every American I meet, either on-line or in RL is like that. I give every person a chance to show me who they are...but there are ignorant/arrogant Cdns, too. Fortunately, it seems the polite ones outnumber them, still.

I guess every country has it's wing-nuts...some, more than others. ;)

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Welcome Back

Hey Tomes, I was wondering if when you'd be back.

Better Kanada than Amerika

But for the comfortable anarchist types, the one’s with nice jobs, full pantries, high-speed dial up, and "No War for Oil" stickers on their Japanese imports I say this. That isn’t Canada you are living in. It’s Fantasy Island.

Oh, thank heavens. For a moment there I though you were talking about me. But since I've been unemployed for just over two years, can barely keep the pantry full, and I drive an American import, I guess you must have been talking about various elected parasites such as Liein' Bryan Mulroney and the more recent but equally parasitic Paul Martin.

As for your so-called "blanket of security", take it, fold it until it is all sharp corners, and shove it up your oubliette. I categorically refuse to accept so-called security founded on fascism, torture, and the dead bodies of Iraqi non-combatants. And I certainly didn't ask for it in the first place.

And don't get me started on Abu Ghraib.

You can shiver under your blanket of security all you want, pal. Here's a clue: I spent the week of September 11th, 2001 checking trucks and cars for bombs at a paramilitary research institute. I was part of the blanket of security here in Canada. Where were you? Hiding in the basement with your head jammed up your ass like your president was?

And let's not forget that your panty-waist governments didn't join in World War One until the enemy powers goaded you into it about halfway through the war by sabotaging American industries. And you didn't join in the fight in World War Two until Great Britain and its allies had already fought the Germans to a stand still.

You like to look things up so look up "Battle of Britain". And don't just read the titles on the articles.

Yeah, Trudeau was shit-head, and the October Crisis was a cluster-fuck for civil liberties, but at least the army was taken off the streets once the FLQ was rounded up. Your King George wants to entrench his civil liberty erosions by repealing the sunset clause on them, and your Republicans would like to enact new, even more stringent and erosive legislation. (Look up DSEA a/k/a Patriot II.) And the excuse of terrorism doesn't go far enough to justify that. Bush is capitalizing on vague and ill defined fears the same way he did when he scared Mr. & Mrs America with horror stories of NBC Weapons and a launch time of forty-five minutes.

Genocide against Native Americans? Read this, pal:

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Dee Brown -1970
ISBN 0-03-085322-2
Dewey # 9870.5 B81

. . . then come and talk to me. As far as I'm concerned, the Bush administration attitude that dead Iraqi civilians don't count because they're just collateral damage is only one step removed from "Nits make lice."

Yeah, it's a good thing that disaffected and disfranchised Americans have a good friend in Canada. Some place they can go to when they face confiscation of their properties and persecution for being loyalists, or for when they want to dodge indentured military servitude due to a crisis of conscience instead of cowardice.

(And how's that movement to reinstate the draft coming along, by the way? Any odds on when the Bush twins are going to get called up?)

Yeah, our governments haven't always been a shining example for the rest of the world. But then, we don't have Viet Nam, Chile, Argentina, Iran in 1956, Nicaragua, El Salvador, a former Secretary of State, Kissinger, who is wanted for questioning for crimes against humanity, the Bay of Pigs, Air America, the School of the Americas, that total screw up in Somalia, bombing a baby formula factory on bad intelligence, fifty years of failing to bring down the communist state of Cuba, and God only knows what else. We didn't train and fund Osama bin Laden or sell chemical weapons to Saddam so he could gas the Kurds.

Well, I did what I could to vote the stupid bastards out this morning.

And don't get me started on Abu Ghraib.

Re:Better Kanada than Amerika

I spent the week of September 11th, 2001 checking trucks and cars for bombs at a paramilitary research institute. I was part of the blanket of security here in Canada. Where were you? Hiding in the basement with your head jammed up your ass like your president was?

No. In fact I slept well that night I recall knowing vigilant Canadians like yourself had finally decided to fire your mall police doubling as border security.

As for title dropping, I guess adding an ISBN, someone's dewey number and pub info makes this ok to do? Another Fangtastic Classic!

Oh, speaking of blankets. Perhaps you should consider your own country's dirty laundry first? With a little prodding from me, it seems your off to a nice start.

Re:Better Kanada than Amerika

As for title dropping, I guess adding an ISBN, someone's dewey number and pub info makes this ok to do?

I gave you a place to start to look up information. Why am I not at all surprised that you will not look up that information? Perhaps I should remind you how you loudly proclaimed one time that looking things up is what you do for a living. I imagine, however, that you ony look things up for other people. Not for your own benefit.

Oh, and if posting titles and information is no longer permitted, does this mean the board will no longer have to suffer your comments that consist only of the titles to articles you have not read?

Perhaps you should consider your own country's dirty laundry first?

I'm willing to consider anybody's dirty laundry, not just Canada's. Unlike some Americans, yourself, for example, who, using the Arrogance of Power as a foundation for their self-righteous denial of reality, seem to think that terrorists attack the U.S. simply because the terrorists are having a bad hair day, but that the United States never, ever does anything in any way, or shape, or form, to invite such attacks.

Here's a clue: terrorism does not arise in a vacuum.

Here's another: "they" do not hate the United States because of its freedom, they hate the U.S. because of its insufferable arrogance.

Pierre and Johnny

Argh! That "Kanadian" gives us true anarchists a headache, but I want to address the differences between Pierre and Johnny! I detect a hint of good, old-fashioned American jealousy! It's obvious Pierre could score! Johnny...well...he's rather dull, though he certainly loves that camera! (I've followed his career since he was a state AG and he'll do ALMOST anything to be on camera. Fortunately, this has not included minor children, household pets, and/or small kitchen appliances). As for the QLF debacle (in these times I could be arrested for the amount of money I donated to that cause), again some jealousy! Pierre just did what Johnny wishes he could do. There is this unfortunate inferiority complex that Americans seem to have, especially when someone else seems to be having fun!On an off-topic note: Greg's right! It's good to see you back, Tomeboy! Your intelligence, humor, and energy have been missed of late! I hope all is well with you and your's!

Re:Better Kanada than Amerika

Genocide against Native Americans? Read this, pal:

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Dee Brown -1970
ISBN 0-03-085322-2
Dewey # 9870.5 B81

. . . then come and talk to me. As far as I'm concerned, the Bush administration attitude that dead Iraqi civilians don't count because they're just collateral damage is only one step removed from "Nits make lice."

I have a better idea.

Suppose you come talk to me about the Sarcee Indian Reserve, the sorry state of your inebriated Inuits or perhaps your government’s 130 year policy of segregation via the Indian Act. (the one that until 1961 denied “Indians� the right to vote and generously bestowed the title “resident aliens�)

The fact remains. You have plenty of laundry to look after in your own backyard. If you agree then I look forward to reading your posts about these Canadian issues. However, I suspect that much like your current lamentations over Iraqi non-combatants, your motives are nothing more than opportunism. Blatant.

Ironic, and telling as written in your own words, that your interest in collecting Iraqi postcards coincided with King George’s Pax Americana. In other words, you didn’t give a damn, much less 10mb of space, for those same mutilated children systematically exterminated for decades under that prisoner of war that you and the Red Cross share concern for. Should I be surprised? Should anyone with the ability to discern a "non-political" political phony with crocodile tears for that matter?

No. Your motives are as shallow as the noggin that authors them. The difference is this Fang. Your sorrow only extends to those killed by American bombs because it's politically expedient for you hence your empathetic Lair's conspicuous lack of postcards of starving innocents from North Korea or Cuba. No Bush bombs, only benevolent bullies with big bellies.

Back to Kanada. Much as you may wish, the Patriot Act isn’t acid rain. In other words, your safe up there unlike the Kurds deadly experience with another type of acid rain.

Re:Pierre and Johnny

Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated!

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