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The Crimes of Summer Unaddressed by the Federal Election


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The Crimes of Summer Unaddressed by the Federal Election

Matthew Behrens

As the leaders of Canada's major political parties descend on backyard barbecues, kiss babies, and glad-hand supporters, there appears to be little interest in addressing Canada's role in war crimes and dangerous military escalations committed half a world away this summer.


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Wow! I love this guy!

Thank you, Mr. Behrens! What a refreshingly honest commentary that stands in stark contrast with the long critique of poverty written by Adam Parsons where the word militarism wasn't even uttered once!

This is absolutely brilliant and totally ON the mark:

"In the bland language of lifeless mathematical militarism, Canada's War Department boasts that its role in this murder from the air consists, as of August 22, of: CF-18 Hornet fighters conducting 889 "sorties"; CC-150T Polaris aerial refuellers conducting 237 sorties and delivering 14,352,000 pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft; and CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducting 257 reconnaissance (i.e., bomb spotting) missions."

When that "bland language of lifeless mathematical militarism" isn't deployed, abject silence is!

And this is also courageously stated. It is 100% true:

"As the leaders of Canada's major political parties descend on backyard barbecues, kiss babies, and glad-hand supporters, there appears to be little interest in addressing Canada's role in war crimes and dangerous military escalations committed half a world away this summer."

If more men could liberate themselves from the enculturated metrics of masculinity that link manhood with killing (or "serving" in one of the armed forces where killing is institutionalized), this world would BE a better place and at last this Beast would be tamed if not retired. All of the effete warriors with no wars permitted to be further fought could earn income decommissioning all of the weapons that the Mars-ruled devotees built.


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In medicine, the would-be doctor must choose his or her specialty. Often the podiatrist is clueless as to what the gastrointestinal specialist knows. And so forth.

The education system is also set up based on a "separation of the disciplines."

And news stories feature events as if none are related to any others.

So it's vital that people learn to connect dots.

Thanks to the muscle of the NRA which is itself funded by the MIC, the almost constant stream of spontaneous shoot-outs at post offices, schools, movie theaters, and whatnot are presented as singular events. Not parts of a pattern. And always the person who lets loose is painted as a lone nut so that the nation's obsession with weaponry (concentrated into a specific demographic) need not come under scrutiny. (Hello: Mars rules)

The now regular pattern of police brutality involving the MURDER of Black citizens just for demanding to know their rights (or less) is also conveniently placed under the "one bad apple" category. In this way, the culture of violence that's now part of too many U.S. police departments remains under the radar.

Remember how similar excuses were made when pictures of detainee abuse were circulated? Here, too, the specious argument was that it was the work of a few bad apples rather than a protocol that came from the TOP.

This habit for NOT counting the bodies of the dead or declaring them Enemy Combatants ("worthy" of death) after the fact is the ultimate form of cowardice. It is also part of the Cancerous Mars-rules culture that allots all rights to might and NOTHING to the victim.

There cannot be BOTH justice and martial insistences on Might Makes Right. What is more of an oxymoron than this idea of "the law of war," and even if war had laws, ALL laws are being broken in the same way that the 911 false flag worked as a tool for decimating Constitutionally guaranteed Civil Liberties and placing on the books kingly powers that no check-balance Democratic system CAN endure.

I am glad that I believe in karma since there is so much carnage and so many arrogating to themselves this idea that they CAN get away with murder. There is a higher system than that of the flawed reach of flawed mortal men... but its wheels spin slowly, that is, until Perturbation Happens. And I hear it knocking.

From this wise and timely article:

"In their August 2015 report, Cause for Concern, researchers at Airwars are astonished that the nations which are bombing human beings from the air are refusing to acknowledge any more than two "potential" civilian casualties -- and these only seven months after the bombing incident -- with one U.S. general naming this "the most precise and disciplined in the history of aerial warfare."

Cowardice! As if the bodies of innocents mowed down by wounded sociopaths become invisible... at their morally fractured say-so which is pretty much the protocol of police departments that cover up their officers' sadistic deeds by using the ruse that murder was suicide and a toy was taken for a loaded gun, etc.

Dots connected: ALL reflect the same mindset: might trumps all and Mars (not law or justice) rules.


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Sound familiar? This is a 100% CLONE of current politics (and so-called choices within its sphere) in the U.S.A (just change the characters' names, the platforms are STANDARD):

"The historic opportunity for a federal NDP government, based on strong poll showings, is proving a hopeful sign for many that the long years of Stephen Harper's mean-spirited Conservative reign may be coming to an end. While an NDP government would certainly be better on a number of fronts, the party's slogan about change should not leave people with the misapprehension that a Mulcair government will dismantle or defang Canada's bloated infrastructure of violence and terror.

"One sign that a Mulcair government will continue such business as usual was the pandering political announcement that what Canada needs -- despite continually falling crime figures -- is 2,500 more police officers on the streets. Muclair did not address in his law-and-order announcement whether such armed men and women would be forbidden from "carding" young people (the standard operating procedure in most towns whereby police, acting as an occupying army, routinely stop and interrogate and file information on whole communities who do not enjoy the privilege of white skin)."

And how about this:

"Another is that, like the party led by the late Jack Layton into the last federal election, an NDP government would continue to rob the poor to pay for the bloated billions annually poured into the War Department."

Why then was this OBVIOUS component of the financial calculus ignored by Adam Parsons and also perhaps too quickly glossed over by Mr. Sanders and Ms. Klein? It is the CRUX of the issue---the OCCUPIER in the zone where poverty (and calls for its eradication) and climate change (and calls to ameliorate it) meet!

It is wonderful to read an article that doesn't hide behind generic WE-clauses and specifies very real AGENTS of mass murder, collective impoverishment, and ecocide!


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"Perhaps the hundreds of millions being raised and spent to support corporate media with political ads, and the endless hours volunteering for political parties, could be translated into the kind of grassroots base that doesn't settle for "the least of the evils," but instead insists on a truth-telling, social justice focus that demands the political process and public discourse not be dictated by the backroom boys in their respective war rooms."

Backroom boys in their respective war rooms! Amen to that!

Much love to you, Mr. Behrens. You totally GET it. Have made far too many fine points for me to reinforce or repeat, and speak a language that transcends Mars Rules. Hopefully, with voices like OURS marking that distinction, the many intelligent writers, posters, and journalists who too passively fall under the veil of Mars rules by identifying with the language of domination that is enforced in part through an insistence upon a uniform frame of reference that lumps ALL persons--including those who see past and object to the paradigm that militarism built and keeps in place--into an obedient "camp of consent"--will step outside of these false constructs.

Since actions follow from beliefs and beliefs are conveyed through words, words DO matter.

WE are not all onboard with militarism or the criminal acts of those who wield power without any respect for law, human rights, or the remotest forms of fairness. Just as Occupy Wall St. demarcated a line between the 1% haves--ownership caste, and the 99% working caste, a similar delineation ought to be in place to differentiate actual supporters of the make-war machine from those who oppose it. Just because Black citizens fell under the institutional yoke of slavery hardly means they AGREED with it or supported it.

Equations of power determine outcomes. And it's the ultimate mark of a fascistic mindset to render invisible (like all those slain bodies unaccounted for) the voices of those that OPPOSE THEIR acts of barbarism.


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All three of Canada's major parties have surrendered their parties platforms to Militarism.

It a tragedy given the roots of the NDP stemming from the old CCF which had as one of its first leaders the pacifist JS Woodsworth who was in fact opposed to all Wars.

The old CCF was truly a workers party advocating the cause of the small farmers ,union members and Women while calling for the nationalization of virtually all Corporations wherein the Commons would return from private hands and to the Commonwealth.

The NDP in its desire for power transformed itself from a peoples party to another Corporate party and will not do anything it feels will antagonize the war profiteers.


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I no longer have television or watch the news but one thing I remember is all of the newscasts carrying a news story everytime a Canadaian Soldier killed in action overseas. They would speak in hushed tones of his or her sacrifice, how she or he died, show a smiling face of that person in uniform on the screen and then speak of the family, be they parents or loving wives and children.

Never not once did I see the same done for one of those poor peoples killed overseas by a bomb dropped by a Canadian aircraft or by a bullet fired from a Canadian Infantrymans rifle. Not once did I see the name of this victim or words spoken about the loved ones left behind when the victim one of those thousands and tens of thousands killed by NATO bullets and bombs.

This IS indoctrination and one solution can be, as this author does, gathering the names of those victims, detailing how they died and speaking of the loved ones they left behind. I can only imagine all of these faces up on a screen behind Stephen Harper as he gives a speech with a sign saying "These are the people I ordered killed" or a question posed to mr Mulcair again with all of those faces and names asking him "which of these poeple do you feel DESERVED to be killed and why?".

It will not happen. The system that supports this war machine will not allow us to go there.


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"Canada's War Department boasts that its role in this murder from the air consists, as of August 22, of: CF-18 Hornet fighters conducting 889 "sorties"; CC-150T Polaris aerial refuellers conducting 237 sorties and delivering 14,352,000 pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft; and CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducting 257 reconnaissance (i.e., bomb spotting) missions."

"... refuellers conducting 237 sorties and delivering 14,352,000 pounds of fuel..."

Think of that one mighty military carbon fart: "... 14,352,000 pounds of fuel..." multiplied by all the massive military carbon farts that are integral to "the capability to project power..." In whose interests is the fossil fuel energy economy? How many billions of tons have been burned and released through the practice of war?

We should be overt about the intertwined nature of war, and fossil fuels. A campaign for cold turkey from carbon, is a blow against fossil-fueled militarism.


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Not just restricted to Canada.


#10

No one has ever figured out how to make capitalism work without among other things, grand theft from the natives. And sometimes it even steals the natives. Problem even for Mulcair, Sanders and Corbyn. It will be interesting to see how they solve it -- if it can be solved.


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Sorry to be "that guy", but the article says, "They are among the thousands killed with Canadian military technology and CF-18 fighter jets." Notwithstanding ANY killing of civilians by anyone is wrong, is there evidence out there that Canadian strikes killed any civilians?