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As the First World War was grinding to its conclusion in 1918, there was severe anti-conscription rioting in Quebec City starting on March 29, which the municipal police ignored, and which included the destruction of the registrar’s office.
Four thousand troops were dispatched, although only 1,000 were deployed.
On April 1 fire was exchanged and several soldiers were seriously wounded and four rioters were killed.
What amounted to martial law was imposed.
COMRADE MAYOR HUANG FANGFANG IN THE ‘GREEN CITY’ OF NANNING WITH DINO IN 2010 IN VICTORIA CITY HALL. Behind them is a red commie banner in Chinese and English.
BOTH ARE ROGUE GANGSTER CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS.
FANGFANG BELONGS TO THE VICIOUS COMMUNIST PARTY THAT PERSECUTES
AND KILLS TIBETANS, FALUN GONG MEDITATORS AND CHRISTIANS!
THEY WILL VERY LIKELY TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AN INEXPERIENCED MAYOR OF VIC
CONSPIRING WITH EACH OTHER AND OTHER COMMIES TO RIP OFF CANADA AND THE CITY OF VICTORIA.
“It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them.” Full story
Although a founding member of NATO, Canada did not join the United States in its war against Vietnam. The Canadian government did not see a conflict 7,000 miles away as vital to Canada’s national interest so Canada pursued its own foreign policy course, independent of the United States.
How the world has changed. Canada’s wise caution about military adventurism even at the height of the Cold War has given way to a Canada of the 21st century literally joined at Washington’s hip and eager to participate in any bombing mission initiated by the D.C. interventionists.
Considering Canada’s peaceful past, the interventionist Canada that has emerged at the end of the Cold War is a genuine disappointment. Who would doubt that today’s Canada would, should a draft be re-instated in the US, send each and every American resister back home to face prison and worse?
As Glenn Greenwald pointed out this past week:
Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the U.S.
Canada has also enthusiastically joined President Obama’s latest war on Iraq and Syria, pledging to send fighter jets to participate in the bombing of ISIS (and likely many civilians in the process).
But Canada’s wars abroad came back home to Canada last week.
Though horrific, it should not be a complete surprise that Canada found itself hit by blowback last week, as two attacks on Canadian soil left two Canadian military members dead.
Greenwald again points out what few dare to say about the attacks:
Regardless of one’s views on the justifiability of Canada’s lengthy military actions, it’s not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.
That is the danger of intervention in other people’s wars thousands of miles away. Those at the other end of foreign bombs – and their surviving family members or anyone who sympathizes with them – have great incentive to seek revenge. This feeling should not be that difficult to understand.
Seeking to understand the motivation of a criminal does not mean that the crime is justified, however. We can still condemn and be appalled by the attacks while realizing that we need to understand the causation and motivation. This is common sense in other criminal matters, but it seems to not apply to attacks such as we saw in Canada last week. Few dare to point out the obvious: Canada’s aggressive foreign policy is creating enemies abroad that are making the country more vulnerable to attack rather than safer.
Predictably, the Canadian government is using the attacks to restrict civil liberties and expand the surveillance state. Like the US PATRIOT Act, Canadian legislation that had been previously proposed to give the government more authority to spy on and aggressively interrogate its citizens has been given a shot in the arm by last week’s attacks.
Unfortunately Canada has unlearned the lesson of 1968: staying out of other people’s wars makes a country more safe; following the endless war policy of its southern neighbor opens Canada up to the ugly side of blowback.
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|For those primarily interested in my recent political prose, go to My Politics webpage, formerly entitled “Iraq, al-Qaeda, 9/11”. For those primarily interested in my poetry, go toMy Selected Writings webpage. In fact the two genres inter-relate, as exhibited by both my most important prose book, The Road to 9/11,and my most recent books of poetry, Minding the Darkness, Mosaic Orpheus, and Tilting Point.
Click here to see an introductory video in which I explain my fundamental ideas about deep politics.
Click here for a website which accesses a series of videos in which I read and discuss my long poem Coming to Jakarta, and also my latest book of shorter poems, Tilting Point.
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Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is a poet, writer, and researcher. He was born in Montreal in 1929, the only son of the poet F.R. Scott and the painter Marian Dale Scott. He is married toRonna Kabatznick; and he has three children,Cassie, Mika, and John Scott, by a previous marriage to Maylie Marshall. Before teaching as an English Professor at the University of California, he served for four years as a Canadian diplomat, at UN Assemblies and in Warsaw, Poland.
His prose books include The War Conspiracy (1972), The Assassinations: Dallas and Beyond (in collaboration, 1976), Crime and Cover-Up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection (1977), The Iran-Contra Connection (in collaboration, 1987),Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (in collaboration, 1991, 1998), Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993, 1996), Deep Politics Two (1994, 1995, 2006), Drugs Oil and War (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2003), The Road to 9/11 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), and The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War (Ipswich, MA: Mary Ferrell Foundation Press,(2008), and American War Machine (2010).
His chief poetry books are the three volumes of his trilogy Seculum: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror (1989), Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992), andMinding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000. In addition he has published Crossing Borders: Selected Shorter Poems (1994, published in Canada as Murmur of the Starsi),Mosaic Orpheus (2009), and Tilting Point (2012). In November 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award.
An anti-war speaker during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, he was a co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA).
His poetry has dealt with both his experience and his research, the latter of which has centered on U.S. covert operations, their impact on democracy at home and abroad, and their relations to the John F. Kennedy assassination and the global drug traffic. The poet-critic Robert Hass has written (Agni, 31/32, p. 335) that “Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time.”
If you have any comments or questions, I would be glad to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do believe that international public opinion, when it becomes powerful enough, will become the most effective restraint to the excesses and follies of particular governments.
COMMENTS ON BOOKSPoetry
James Laughlin: “Not since Robert Duncan’s Groundwork and before that William Carlos Williams Paterson, has New Directions published a long poem as important as Peter Dale Scott’s.”
Thom Gunn (cf. TLS, February 1, 1991): “[Peter Dale Scott’s work] extends the scope of poetry, reclaiming some of the ground lost since Dryden, lost even since Poundâ€¦ A true invention, it should be of interest to all who read poetry.”
Robert Hass (Agni, 31/32, p. 335): “Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time.”
Daniel Ellsberg: “I said of Scott’s last brilliant take on this subject, Drugs, Oil and War, that ‘It makes most academic and journalistic explanations of our past and current interventions read like government propaganda written for children.’ Now Scott has written an even better book.”
Publishers Weekly, October 2010: *American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan* /Peter Dale Scott, Rowman & Littlefield, $34.95 (408p) ISBN 9780742555945/ In Scott’s view, the American military-industrial complex so feared by Eisenhower has grown into a military-industrial-corporate behemoth. This “overclass,” often functioning independently from the official elected government, has spearheaded countless actions that it perceives to be in the best interest of perpetuating American hegemony. With exhaustive research and extremely persuasive arguments, Scott (The Road to 9/11) seeks to prove that the funding and motivation behind America’s assertion of global supremacy can be traced to drugs. Drug money fueled American actions in Laos and Vietnam during the Cold War, American support of the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 80s, and defines American political action in Latin America and present-day Afghanistan. By looking at covert activity and recorded history through the lens of American global dominance, Scott makes a terrifyingly compelling case.
Roger Morris, former NSC staffer: “Peter Dale Scott is one of that tiny and select company of the most brilliantly creative and provocative political-historical writers of the last half century. The Road to 9/11 further secures his distinction as truth-teller and prophet. He shows us here with painful yet hopeful clarity the central issue of our time–America’s coming to terms with its behavior in the modern world. As in his past work, Scott’s gift is not only recognition and wisdom, but also redemption and rescue we simply cannot do without.”–
Prof. Ariane Walter, Le Post, September 11, 2011: “Il n’y a pas de livre d’Histoire plus passionnant, plus riche, plus indispensable, pour comprendre les secrets du 11 septembre, que La route vers le nouveau desordre mondial» de Peter Dale Scott. J’ai decouvert ce livre il y a six mois environ et j’ai aussitot souhaite le faire connaitre mais la difficulte de rendre une telle oeuvre, quasi Proustienne par sa richesse, tant de details, tant d’humanite aussi, m’a bloquee un peu comme un surfeur au moment d’aborder une vague immense. Le resumer c’est un peu le perdre privant le lecteur de son rythme insense de revelations, de ces incursions, comme des plongees, au coeur de l’Etat profond Americain. …
“There is no book of history more exciting, more rich, more vital, to understand the secrets of September 11 than The road to the new world disorder by Peter Dale Scott” [The Road to 9/11 in French].
Gen. Bernard Norlain, Revue Defense Nationale, March 2011 [in French]: “Here is a book that is fascinating, revealing, one could say terrifying…. This work astonishes by its originality and its power of analysis. It should be a reference work for all the defenders of the legal state and for all those who concern themselves with the future of our democracies.” [General Norlain is a retired five-star French general who also served as military adviser to French Prime Ministers Jacques Chirac and Michel Rocard.]
Afrique contemporaine no.236, 2010/4 [in French]: “As long as you have not read this book, your persisting naivete will prevent you from understanding how the world has evolved.”
When are we Canadians going to stop being duped by the American war machine’s rhetoric? We are again going to be dragged into a conflict to combat a boogeyman created by them, to protect their corporate financial interests.
There was al-Qaida, which was an off-shoot of the mujahedeen the Americans armed and trained to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Then, there were the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Now there is the new “evil” ISIS or ISIL, which the American are using as an excuse to bomb Syria, which they’ve been wanting to do for three years.
This new “threat” allegedly beheaded a few people. The war in Iraq resulted in the death of more than half a million innocent women and children, which then U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright called “acceptable” collateral damage, and no one was held accountable for that.
All the reports thus far show that the bombing campaign has had little or no effect.
Before he left office, U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower warned the country that war is big business for the military-industrial complex and it doesn’t care about casualties, only money.
Our government should refuse to be complicit in sending our jets to drop bombs, which inevitably will kill civilians, for immoral purposes.
Lorenzo G. Oss-Cech