Kanada Rekonsidered

Submitted by tomeboy on Mon, 06/28/2004 - 18:02

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.