Parliament’s not so Cuddly Puppets
When clumsy puppets try to cover their tracks politics become parody
“Government is the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex.”
Frank Zappa – (1940-1993), Musician
Prime Justin Minister Trudeau and Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland embarrassed themselves, and the country, as they tried to discuss our non-existent foreign policy in our mock Parliament.
Trudeau, suffered his usual foot-in mouth affliction by referring to the UN effort, involving a 120 countries, to put a stop to nuclear weapons as “sort of useless.” He says so at a time when we are well into Cold War ll, the prospect of nuclear war between the US, Russia and China looms large, and the world has now lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation for 70+ years. He also ignores the fact his good buddy Obama signed legislation for the US to undertake a trillion dollar renewal of its nuclear arsenal. So future generations are also condemned to living under the threat.
Freeland was quick to put both feet in all the wrong places in a speech that was fully loaded with deceptions and contradictions. She came to her portfolio as a Russophobic historic revisionist and her speech earns her the appellation of pseudo-multilateralist.
When she says, “To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state.” Freeland appears ignorant of the fact that Canada has been a highly integrated “client state”/vassal state of the US for decades. Our military is totally integrated into that of the US and takes it orders from Washington. “Such a dependence, would not be in Canada’s interest, ”she says. Here, she gets it wrong as the present tense applies.
As it was under Harper, and before, so too is it now. Canada is regarded in the international diplomatic community as a US puppet state.
Freeland and Defense Minister Sajjan are disingenuous when they try to leave us with the impression our increased defense spending is of our own volition and our venture into “ hard power.” It is a result of an ultimatum delivered by the US that all NATO vassal states increase their defense spending to 2% of GDP. Nothing changes, we continue to subsidize its endless warfare.
Freeland would have us believe this government is still committed to our Pearsonian peacekeeping tradition; but this ended with 9/11 and the subsequent bogus War on Terror. We are not peacekeepers just two-bit mercenaries fighting America’s imperial wars.
With the collapse of the USSR and end of Cold War l, NATO went from being a “security umbrella” to an integral part of America’s war machine. Member states get to fight its wars, buy its endless supply of military junk, and assimilate the waves of refugees generated by these wars. Like the Warsaw Pact, NATO should have been disbanded. Like the EU, it became a handy tool for the American colonization of Europe.
To qualify as a multilateralist nation we must first escape the not so warm embrace of US unilateralism. We must show at least a modest independence of spirit and assertion. Modest beginnings would be to get our ass back to the UN and join the anti-nuclear coalition. We might bring our troops home from the borders of Russia and refuse to be part of NATO’s warmongering gambits. We might join the newly elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron, and seek better relations with Russia.
German Chancellor Angel Merkel has stated Europe must now determine its own fate. Is this pre-election posturing or a determined conviction where Germany develops a mind of its own?
For NATO leaders the road to genuine multilateralism is a long one. They must show real and determined leadership, start speaking for peace, for democracy, and shun endless militarism in favor of a new and progressive world order.
Conservative, foreign affairs critic Peter Kent said it best when he stated we have seen months of “stumbles and blunders… and we’ll believe the new policy commitments when we see them.” Kent’s admonition applies locally and globally.
And indeed, Canadians, the Opposition parties and our timorous news media must deliver the much more rigorous scrutiny this stumblebum government deserves.
Feeding the tyranny is not an option.