Canada’s Deplorable Complicity in NATO War Mongering
Russia is not the enemy. NATO vassal states must pull the plug on US warmongering.
As America goes crazy over Russia it is timely to sort out fiction and fact. Presently there is too much of the former and very little of the latter. The bullshit propaganda machine is working overtime and public awareness of what is really going on is between zero and zilch.
This is especially pertinent to Canadians as our own dimwitted government goes along with the international gang-bang on Russia. It is very important to get our facts straight on this as there are very powerful and unrelenting forces in the US who want war with Russia for all the wrong reasons. Where Donald Trump wanted détente with Russia he has already backed away from this under pressure from America’s war mongering neo-conservatives.
Russia has a population of 145 million people less than half that of the USA. The US accounts for 44% of annual global military spending. Russia accounts for 5%. Yes, Russia has a formidable nuclear capability but nothing to match that of the USA. It also has a state of the art military that was rebuilt under Vladimir Putin.
Russia is under siege from the US and NATO and has been since the end of Cold War l in 1991. When the Warsaw Pact collapsed, Russia was on its own, its satellite states abandoned. Mikhail Gorbachev was promised that NATO would not fill this vacuum and advance to the borders of Russia. This promise was immediately broken. Instead of being dissolved, as was the Warsaw Pact, NATO was expanded to become an arm of America’s military might. So today we now have US troops, Canadian troops, and other assorted NATO vassal states right on Russia’s border.
If we don’t think this is volatile situation we should be reminded that the blood bath of WWl came about a result of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand being assassinated. The Viet Nam war came about because of false flag chicanery on the part of the USA. The War on Terror was triggered by 9/11; yet another false flag event. America’s warmongers are just itching for a casus belli that would, in their demented state of mind, justify an all out invasion of Russia; including the nuclear option.
In 2014 the US accused Russia of aggression in both the Ukraine and Crimea, and the propaganda mills went into full gear. In the Ukraine what actually happened was just another American backed coup to install their puppet leader, to further close the noose around Russia- one more step on the road to Moscow. In Crimea there was no aggression, just a referendum in Russia’s favor.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin as the new “Hitler” which was wonderfully ironic as she is consumed with her own Hitlerian ambitions. Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper was quick to oblige by also calling Putin the new Hitler, and our present prime minister, and Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland are more than willing to perpetrate the big lie at Russia’s expense. Former Minister of Global Affairs, Stephan Dion wanted to establish a rapprochement with Russia, but was pushed aside so that Canada would be in tune with America’s Russia phobic madness.
Canada and Europe should be Russian allies but instead allow ourselves to be slaves to America’s imperial ambitions. For Europe this comes at great cost to their economies and if there is a war it puts them in the front lines. For Canada and Russia, we are the two giant Arctic polar countries and have much to gain through working together.
Canada is suffering a severe case of Russia phobia. This is a measure of how our political elites and MSM have pandered to the endless Western propaganda vilifying Russia.
A statesman is a leader who goes beyond just practicing partisan politics. This is someone who is also devoted to serving the public good, and in our time especially, the good of the global community. At the present time there are too few statesmen in the world and too many mediocre politicians who shun real leadership and statesmanship. For the world to progress we need a windfall of leaders who are actually unafraid to lead and deal with the profound global issues that face us, from nuclear war to climate change and beyond.
We must move from denialism to adaptation.
Two such statesmen are Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Those who do not read beyond the shoddy propaganda of the MSM will guffaw at this suggestion. Going beyond the propaganda wall is amazingly easy and we see they are multilateralists who want a new world order based on the rule of law, respect for national sovereignties and less warfare. Russia seeks détente with the West. It is not the aggressor, but the target of aggression by the US, the despotic unilateralist, who wants to maintain its role as the world’s singular superpower; a role for which it is completely unworthy.
Canada’s Deplorable Complicity
In a speech at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, September 24, 2015, Christopher Westdal, Canada’s ambassador to Russia from 2003-2006, stated:
At the UN, our reputation is in tatters. Until Harper came to power, Canada was among the most active multilateral players in the world, our delegations reliably among the best-informed, energetic and constructive in the room. We played to our strengths – and they added to our multilateral standing and influence, our ability to lead.
Under Harper, it’s been nothing at all like that. Our reputation has been stood on its head. Our delegations are now known for their shrill talking points and their otherwise muzzled diplomats. They take no initiatives. They lead no one anywhere. Privately, I’m told, our closest friends plead with us not to attend key meetings.
Remember, our leader proudly – pointedly, for the day’s photo-op – chose the opening of a Tim Horton’s shop over the opening of the UN General Assembly.
As Westdal correctly points out our foreign policy under Harper was a shambles, where it existed at all. Harper was more than willing to let Washington speak for us. Not much has changed under the Trudeau Liberals. Where they are at least not hanging out at Tim Horton’s our foreign policy mimics Washington’s, and we are not participating in a very important UN effort to stop nuclear proliferation.
PM Trudeau practises his Pinocchio diplomacy when during the 2015 election campaign he denounces Putin. These are brave words coming from a PM leading a servile American protectorate:
“Putin is being dangerous with his interventions in Eastern Europe, being irresponsible and harmful to peace with his interventions in the Middle East, and he is being unduly provocative with his actions in the Arctic,” Mr. Trudeau said.
“Canada needs to continue to stand strongly with the international community pushing back against the bully that is Vladimir Putin. If I have the opportunity in the coming months to meet with Vladimir Putin, I will tell him all this directly to his face because we need to ensure that Canada continues to stand strongly for peace and justice in the world,” he said.
It is so very pungent that the simple bar graph below reveals the depth of the PM’s mendacity when he accuses Putin of being “the bully.” That is the US in red and Russia in yellow! Far from being anything resembling a statesman Trudeau reduces himself to being a shrill choir boy, singing from the safety of the choir loft.
The leaders of the NATO vassal states are indeed all too comfortable singing from the choir loft with Donald Trump as choir master. The Nuclear Clock is now at 2.5 minutes from midnight, the closest it has been since Cold War I in the 1950’s. They are Sheeple allowing themselves to be held hostage to America’s berserk desire rule the world as it plays a very stupid and dangerous game of brinkmanship trying to intimidate Russia.
Morally passive(to put it politely) NATO leaders appear impervious to the necessary imperative of standing up Washington and saying NO they will not be party to any more of its wars. This would cripple US attempts to draw Russia into a war that could be a nuclear conflagration putting Europe in the front lines, and putting the entire world at risk.
NATO leaders have an obligation to protect their populations, to act, and act now. By doing so, they elevate themselves from being mediocre politicians to something resembling statesmen and stateswomen.
Russia is not the enemy. It is not the bully. NATO vassal states must pull the plug on US war mongering.