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Canada: Selling Its Soul to America

Written by Subject: Philosophy: Fascism
Canada: Selling Its Soul to America

by Stephen Lendman

Canada is more colony than sovereign state. Canadians perhaps wonder when it'll grow up, act like an adult, and regain its rightful independence.

They're also worried about a country junior partnering with imperial America, Israel, and other rogue NATO allies.

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On September 7, Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada closed its Tehran embassy. It expelled Iranian diplomats in Ottawa. They have five days to leave. He claimed a nonexistent Iranian threat. He took a page from AIPAC's playbook. He bogusly called Tehran the gravest threat to global security.

He accused Iran of "providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime." He ignored Washington's war Syria. He said nothing about Canada's role.

He didn't explain how America, rogue NATO partners, and regional allies recruit, arm, fund, train, and direct ravaging death squads. He was silent on what matters most.

He recited a litany of lies about Iran. He unconscionably pointed fingers the wrong way. Canada is a committed imperial partner. It's one of 28 NATO countries. It supports the worst of Israel's crimes.

It's on the same slippery slope as America. It's fast-tracking toward fascism. Sleeping with the devil rubs off.

Unless stopped, it's just a matter of time before Canada crosses a rubicon of no return. It's perilously close to full-blown imperial/ neoliberal/police state dark age harshness.

In her book "Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the US Empire," Linda McQuaig discussed Canada's sacrificial subservience. It abandoned its traditions. It sold its soul to Washington. It became submissive junior partner.

Conservative and Liberal parties allied with America's "war on terrorism." They stopped short of participating in its Iraq "coalition of the willing." They willingly marched in lockstep with its illegal Afghan war of aggression and occupation.

In February 2004, they partnered with America and France against Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They ousted a democratically elected leader. They crushed his popular movement. They ended his progressive reforms. They installed fascist harshness. They had unchallenged pillaging in mind.

Canada today operates as an appendage of imperial America. It abandoned its traditional commitment to equality, inclusiveness, and rule of law inviolability.

It's plagued by a militaristic/imperial/neoliberal culture. It's no longer a fair arbiter and promoter of just causes. The conservative Harper government is fast-tracking toward fascism.

In the 1980s, Canada's downward trajectory began in earnest. Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney bonded with Ronald Reagan.

Corporate America remembers his December 1984 address. He appeared at the New York Economic Club. Business heavyweights packed the house to hear him. He didn't disappoint.

He said "Canada (was) open for business." His meaning was unambiguous. US corporations were welcome. Economic integration would proceed. America's sovereignty henceforth took precedence over Canada's. It's been downhill ever since.

Before Stephen Harper became prime minister in February 2006, Liberal leader Paul Martin tilted hard right. In 2003, he succeeded Jean Chretien.

His 2005 defense policy review stressed integrating Canada's military with America's. He approved redeploying Canadian Afghan peacekeepers as combatants. Harper maintains the same policy. Canadians have no say.

He governs in lockstep with Washington. He abandoned Canada's traditional even-handed Israel/Palestine agenda. In 2006, he threw its democratically elected Hamas government under the bus. Doing so showed contempt for Palestinian rights.

He showed no concern for 50,000 Canadians in harm's way during Israel's war of aggression on Lebanon. He called its death and destruction campaign "measured."

Post-WW II, things were different. Canada's internationalism evolved. It supported rule of law principles, endorsed peacekeeping, spurned militarism and imperialism, and worked cooperatively with other nations. No longer.

Harper's government, Canadian elites, its business community and military support imperial/neoliberal/anti-populist policies. Ottawa replicates Washington. Essential social programs are eroding. Egalitarianism is disappearing.

What corporate Canada wants, it gets. Militarism grows stronger. So does police state harshness. Pandering to Washington is policy. Tortured logic follows the same destructive path.

McQuaig calls Harper America's "unctuous little sidekick." She compared Canada's government, corporate, and military officials to 19th century compradors.

Modern-day ones are subservient US junior partners. Canada's soul went on the auction block for sale. Like Americans, Canadians are force-fed the worst of all possible worlds.

Ottawa allied with Washington's war on Libya. It's partnered against Syria and Iran. It shamelessly supports what it should renounce.

Doing so makes it complicit in the supreme crime against peace. It's guilty of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. It's leaders are war criminals.

Iran responded to Canada suspending diplomatic ties. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said:

"The decision by Canada showed that this country has sacrificed the interests of its nation for the sake of the Zionists by following their policies against Iran."

He called Harper's government "racist" and "hostile." He added:

"The closure of the visa section of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran, freezing the bank accounts of Iranian nationals living in Canada, and prohibiting money transfers to Iranian students studying in that country are among the Canadian government's numerous hostile measures against the Iranian nation and the Iranian community in Canada."

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi accused Harper of "blindly" following Britain, saying:

"The British government certainly seeks to lead its friends to the same path that it had taken. Therefore, this decision was in fact blind acquiescence by the Canadian government."

He added that Canada allied with Washington and Israel's attempt to undermine a historic NAM summit in Tehran. It perhaps reacted to its success. He also called on Iran's Foreign Ministry to respond in kind.

Mehmanparast said expect it to be swift.

Britain is part of a US/UK/Israeli troika. It's an axis of evil. Canada supports it. It threatens humanity. It's involved in North African/Middle East/Central Asian imperial wars. It plans more. Independent nonbelligerent countries are targeted. Syrian and Iranian sovereignty are threatened.

Almost half a million Iranians live in Canada. Many reside in Toronto. Tehran planned a consulate to serve them. They'll have no representation now.

On Friday, Netanyahu congratulated Harper. He called his move "a bold decision, (a) "moral step," (a) "clear message to Iran and to the entire world."

Tehran's successful NAM summit endorsed peace, mutual cooperation, Iran's peaceful nuclear program, and national sovereignty.

Netanyahu called it "a show of anti-Semitism and hate in Tehran."

Every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it. He displays racist scorn for Muslims, imperial brazenness, contempt for anyone not Jewish, and hostile rage.

Ottawa has had poor relations with Iran since the 1979 revolution. They became strained after former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor helped rescue six Americans during the 1980 Tehran hostage crisis.

In 2003, they were further damaged after dual Canadian/Iranian citizen/freelance photographer Zahra Kazemi died in custody. He was arrested while taking photographs outside a Tehran prison.

Canada responded. It recalled its ambassador. Iran ordered him out after unsuccessfully trying to resolve the issue and agree on exchanging ambassadors.

Washington severed diplomatic relations in 1980. In November 2011, Britain recalled its entire diplomatic staff. It followed two days of protests.

Hundreds of Iranian students staged it outside London's Tehran embassy. They pulled down Britain's flag and demanded its envoy's ouster.

Without justification, the Cameron government claimed Iranian leaders ordered it. It also expelled its diplomats from London.

Days earlier, Tehran downgraded ties to Britain. It was over London's decision to impose sanctions on Iran's Central Bank and false allegations about its nuclear program.

Washington, Britain and Israel target Iran for regime change. Top priority ahead is war. Not now, according to Time magazine.

On September 5, it headlined, "Worried About Israel Bombing Iran Before November? You Can Relax," saying:

According to some Israeli analysts, Israel's "war of choice" isn't cancelled. It's delayed. Internal opposition and public opinion are against it. Even Defense Minister Ehud Barak now wavers. He's not called "Mr. Zigzag" for nothing.

Netanyahu wants Washington's full commitment. In late September, he'll meet Obama in New York. They'll both address the UN General Assembly. Expect neither to sound benign.

Netanyahu's saber-rattling bluster long ago wore thin, but not his hostile intent. He and Obama remain on the same page. Differences are mostly over timing and perhaps strategy.

"For now, the US looks likely to persuade Israel to sit on its hands." Nonetheless, "it's probably a safe bet that war talk will be revved up again come spring" or perhaps earlier post-election.

Canadian Foreign Minister Baird didn't explain why he cut diplomatic ties now, not earlier. He denied perhaps knowing that war is more imminent than Time imagines.

"Unequivocally, we have no information about a military strike on Iran," he said. In the fullness of time, we'll know.

A Final Comment

In 1953, Chicago Tribune owner Colonel Robert McCormick called Canadian statesman/diplomat/later prime minister (1963-68)/Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1957) Lester Pearson "the most dangerous man in the English-speaking world."

It was over Pearson's refusal to cooperate with Senator Joe McCarthy's witch-hunt communist hearings. They destroyed lives, ruined careers, accomplished nothing, and led to McCarthy's own demise.

Pearson's ideas were mirror opposite Harper's and other imperial aggressors. He wanted NATO involved with economic and social issues as well as defense. He supported an alliance for Western free market alternatives to communism.

He opposed nuclear weapons. He challenged Washington on policies he believed dangerous, provocative and destructive. In 1955, as Secretary of State for External Affairs, he was the first Western official to visit Moscow.

He spoke forcefully against colonial domination. He endorsed sovereign rights for all nations. He supported internationalism, conciliation, and peace. He was a worthy Nobel laureate.

His lecture stressed hard facts. Countries have a choice. "Peace or extinction" is in their hands. He added that nations cannot "be conditioned by the force and will of a unit, however powerful, but by the consensus of a group, which must one day include all states."

Predatory nations can't be tolerated, he believed. At the same time, he opposed communism and backed efforts to contain it. He erred supporting Washington's Vietnam War. A later Temple University address challenged America's Southeast Asian role.

Overall, he supported peace and peacekeeping. His Nobel lecture named "four faces of peace: prosperity, power, diplomacy and people."

As prime minister, peacekeeping was prioritized. Canada has none like him today. Neither do other Western countries. War, not peace, matters most. So does imperial dominance.

Ottawa's on board with Washington. Its traditions long ago eroded and died. Some wonder what defines it as a nation. Riding shotgun for America and supporting the worst of Israeli lawlessness give them reason for pause.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

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5 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Price
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It is remarkably strange that we have all these brilliant ignoramus thinkers. They understand that:
1. Everything left to itself erodes, decays, breaks down, is nutralized by nature - like a pendulum that gradually stops swinging;
2. That the more highly complicated, man-made "machines" are only built through lots of highly complicated thinking, usually on the part of many thinkers working in unison;
3. That most of the operations of the known universe - especially where life is involved - are so extremely complicated that the combined thinking of multitudes of highly intelligent thinkers are barely beginning to figure out how things really work.

At the same time, these brilliant ignoramus thinkers can't seem to figure out that:
1. The universe acts like a highly complicated machine made up of groups of multitudes of highly complicated machines;
2. That, like the man-made machines on earth have great thinkers behind them, so there must be at least one great thinker behind the universe;
3. That, by definition, the greatness of the thinker(s) that built the universe is so far beyond us that it/they should be called "God."

I mean, a person might NOT want to believe that God exists. He might just hate the idea of God for some reason. But how much more of an idiot can he be than to deny the nature and universe in which he lives... a nature and universe that is shouting all around us that, as a machine, it must have a Builder, and that THAT Builder has to be something that is virtually a God to have built a machine as humongous and wonderful as the UNIVERSE !!!
 

Comment by Ed Price
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To be sure, unlimited growth cannot be sustained. That's not the point. The point is that this is NOT the single greatest issue facing humanity, and never was or will be. The single greatest issue facing humanity has to do with personal longevity.

Everybody dies. Nobody dies as somebody else. Everybody dies as himself/herself. Even when there are hundreds of people around holding a person's hand when he dies, he really dies all alone. Until someone figures out a way to get right into a person's soul/spirit/identity when he dies, everyone dies alone. This is the single greatest issue facing humanity on earth.

Imagine that by the year 2150, the earth is finally saturated with human beings to the point that there is standing room only. We, the people of today's highly unpopulated earth cannot even fathom what that would be like.

Think about over-population as a distraction in life. Imagine it for the fun of building up problems and tearing them down with solutions. But if science or medical R&D doesn't come up with the answers to eternal life, you and I won't be around anywhere near a time when there would be standing room only.

More important than speculating about some possible over-population threat, we should all be speculating about the real threat of meeting God in the next life in an unprepared manner. God tells us in the Bible that he created the universe in 6 days. The Bible shows us that He did it 6,000 years ago - http://www.albatrus.org/english/theology/creation/biblical_age_earth.htm. Our short time here is nothing compared with the time past, and it will be nothing compared with the future eternity. Being right with God is what counts.

So, what are the basic reasons that thinkers author books and papers about some impending population doom?
1. They are bored, and are doing it for the fun of building up problems and tearing them down with solutions;
2. They are attempting to show people what great thinkers they are so that they will be given a place in society and the history books;
3. They are trying to create paralyzing fear in the minds of people so that they and their cronies can take over, politically;
4. They are truly ignorant of the gigantic size of planet earth, and think that they are helping their fellow man by showing what they believe is an impending doom (like death from old age isn't).

Whatever the reasons, they don't really have anything to do with humanitarianism. If these people were humanitarians, they wouldn't waste their time on writing about something that is so far in the future that nobody can think about it logically. By the time the planet reaches over-population, either man will have reached out for the stars and other planets so that it will not be a problem, or the judgement day will have come and God, Himself, will take care of the problems, or God will have dealt with it some other way.
 

Comment by Frosty Wooldridge
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To make such an uneducated statement that the "population equation" is bogus reminds me of a third grader trying to tell an honors college mathematics student that his understandings of numbers are bogus.  The third grader doesn't realize that he can't do the math.  This is a finite planet and the human race has overrun it, overshot its carrying capacity and much worse. Human overpopulation is THE single greatest issue facing America and humanity in the 21st century.  Amazingly, simple minds cannot grasp that such as the comment made in this comment section.   The quotes below are from brilliant minds who know:

"The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct.  To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people, but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.”  Harvard scholar and biologist E.O. Wilson

"Unlimited population growth cannot be sustained; you cannot sustain growth in the rates of consumption of resources. No species can overrun the carrying capacity of a finite land mass. This Law cannot be repealed and is not negotiable.” Dr. Albert Bartlett, www.albartlett.org , University of Colorado, USA.

“Most Western elites continue urging the wealthy West not to stem the migrant tide [that adds 80 million net gain annually to the planet], but to absorb our global brothers and sisters until their horrid ordeal has been endured and shared by all—ten billion humans packed onto an ecologically devastated planet.” Dr. Otis Graham, Unguarded Gates

Lester Brown, author of Plan B 4.0 Saving Civilization said, “The world has set in motion environmental trends that are threatening civilization itself.  We are crossing environmental thresholds and violating deadlines set by nature. Nature is the timekeeper, but we cannot see the clock.”

"Somehow, we have come to think the whole purpose of the economy is to grow, yet growth is not a goal or purpose. The pursuit of endless growth is suicidal."  David Suzuki


Comment by Ed Price
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See my population comment at http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/118411-2012-09-09-malthus-was-right-sort-of.htm. You will see that any idea of population problems is completely bogus. It is simply another way to induce fear into the minds of people. Fear causes paralysis, which makes people vulnerable to the propagandists and their one-world-leaders that want to take control of everything and everyone.

Comment by Frosty Wooldridge
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 Canada is giving its country away to the third world and will be overwhelmed with poverty, illiteracy and ethnic discord that will create horrific social consequences in the coming years.  Of course, the USA is doing the same thing. The USA is on course to add 100 million third world immigrants that will overwhelm our ability to water, feed, warm, house, transport and maintain our environment.  We are headed for a very rough future and so is Canada.  Frosty Wooldridge


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