Canada’s Desolate Russophobia
Where nobody speaks for peace, war prevails. Culpability is universal.
When Captain George Vancouver sailed into what is now Desolation Sound on the west coast of British Columbia he remarked, “there was not a single prospect that was pleasing to the eye.” All he saw was desolation and the sound acquired its name. The same could be said of Canada’s foreign policy as it is a displeasing policy landscape and derogatory to a country claiming to be progressive.
In George Vancouver’s time the world was predominantly desolate underpopulated landscapes waiting to be discovered and populated. Where explorers like him were in awe of these vast undiscovered spaces(at least from European eyes) few of those desolate landscapes remain untouched and undefiled. Today Desolation Sound is treasured as a retreat from an overpopulated and rancorous world.
Where the world’s physical landscapes have been overrun with exponential population growth and wanton industrialization our political landscapes suffer a dismal emptiness.
Since the end of WWll governments in the West have yielded more and more power to the private sector (the capitalist/corporatist warfare state). Where governments used to exercise some sovereignty they are now servile: servants running servant states. Governments in too many ways have simply abandoned their populations to the wanton greed and arrogance of the private sector. It is a long road back but they must reassert their dominion as social and economic arbiters in service to the public and social good- a role all too willingly and recklessly abandoned.
Canada’s foreign policy is a grim manifestation of how hollowed government has become with its desolate emptiness.
At a time when the threat of WWlll is imminent Canada refuses to be part of a UN resolution calling for the extinction of nuclear arms.
We continue to be part of the war machine that fosters endless militarism and serial warfare without a peep of discontent.
We are the hypocrites who celebrate our faux-humanity by taking in refugees whose homelands we helped destroy.
We make the nonsensical claim we need to practise “hard power” when we are already totally integrated into America’s habitual use of it.
We claim the need to increase defense spending and buy more military junk when these are no more than another tribute tax, duly rendered.
A most egregious component of our foreign policy pretense is our adopted Russophobia, an import from South of the border where Russia serves as the universal scapegoat for all of America’s problems. When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton saw her corruptions catching up to her, her campaign in imminent danger, she invoked a weapon of mass distraction accusing the Russians of meddling in her campaign. Similarly the Deep State is trying to destroy the Trump presidency with a witch hunt claiming he has colluded with Russia. They want to kill off any progress Trump may make in a rapprochement with Russia. The larger goal of America’s compulsive Russophobia is propaganda, at the same time laying the ground work for WWlll. Canada is too willingly conscripted into a supporting role, as are all other NATO vassal states.
When the present Liberal government came to power in 2015 Stephane Dion was appointed Minister of Global Affairs. He was an obvious choice for the position as he was a very experienced MP, had cabinet experience and a background in political science.
In a January 10, 2017 cabinet shuffle Dion was replaced with Chrystia Freeland. There is every reason to believe Dion was in fact removed for non-compliance to Canada’s self-imposed adherence to US foreign policy. Dion was so bold as too embrace rapprochement with Russia and he rejected the idea of a Canadian version of America’s Magnitsky Act. Dion was clearly headed in the wrong direction if he wanted to keep his job. Russophobia was gathering a full head of steam and Dion was not following from the script.
In 2014, US Secretary of State Hillary accused Russian President, Vladimir Putin of being the new Hitler, she led off the parade of the sycophants. Canadian PM Stephen Harper followed suit, as has the feckless Justin Trudeau and the present Global Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland. Taking cheap shots at Putin became de rigueur.
Dion was a casualty of Canada’s goose-stepping adherence to the Western world’s hysterical Russophobia.
Freeland’s choice was very significant. As a junior MP and minister serving as trade minister she was suddenly vaulted into a senior port folio for which she had no qualifications. In her time as trade minister she showed herself to be a vacuous cheerleader for the TPP. As Minister of Global Affairs she stands out as a dyed-in-the-wool Russophobe and cat’s paw for American foreign policy, along with her ties to the US Democratic party.
Guy Mettan’s stunning rebuttal
In writing his book Creating Russophobia: From the great religious schism to the anti-Putin hysteria he reminds us of George Orwell’s dictum; In times of tyranny it is treason to speak the truth. So Mettan commits “treason” as he provides us with a compelling historical perspective of the origins of Russophobia and why it has reached hysterical proportions in today’s world.
Where so many of his journalist colleagues in the Western lame- stream media are disgraced propagandists he goes to the very core of the truth.
“Creating” is the operative word in his title as that is just what the present Russophobia is all about. It is manufactured propaganda intended to vilify, to create division, and provide a scapegoat.
It is also hate mongering. In order for the Holocaust to take place, a generation of Germans were taught to hate Jews. Now, we are taught to hate Russians.
How can governments so hypocritically chastise their citizenry for racism when they themselves are hate mongers?
Where the catechism of hate is taught we cannot be indifferent to the mongers- nor the potential outcomes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the target of endless Russophobia. A favorite way of trying to discredit him is to point out he is a former KGB agent; but of course President George Bush Sr was former head of the absolutely sinister CIA. To say nothing of the fact that the Trump administration is a military junta as his cabinet is dominated by military generals all lusting for more war.
After the Yeltsin years, the US thought Russia was going to be their patsy but Putin was so audacious as to refuse to participate in America’s criminal destruction of Iraq in 2003-based on fabricated intelligence and killing half a million Iraqis. As Mettan points out this was a turning point leading to the hysteria we see now. Unlike Yeltsin, Putin is no rollover. He insists on his country’s right to exist and calls for a new world order (NWO) based on multilateralism, the rule of law, and a respect for the world’s nations of the world right to exist. Values the US has habitually flouted.
The silent appeasers demeaning our country
Dumping Dion was clearly a political ploy to consolidate our foreign policy with that of the US. Thus putting us firmly on the bandwagon of other Western toadies all goose-stepping toward war with hysterical Russophobia as the prelude.
The silent appeasers may think they escape culpability but their silence clearly renders them part of the problem and signals an abdication of leadership and responsibility.
Where nobody speaks for peace, war prevails. Culpability is universal.
Canada’s foreign policy has a lot in common with a rainy January morning in Desolation Sound.