Here is a great video I found today called “Tar Sands: Fuel Tank for US Empire” explaining why Canadians continue to fight in Afghanistan. By sending our troops to Afghanistan, the US can concentrate its forces on the fight in Iraq. I think this man has got a lot of guts calling it like it is in Con/Bush controlled (hat tip to While the Earth Burns) Alberta. He calls Canada a US resource colony as the crowd chants, “US out of Alberta”.
I personally would not be surprised at all if we are actually fighting with the US in Iraq (on the water for sure cause Mackay admitted it). I certainly don’t trust Harper and the Cons to give me any truth on this issue. Backing up US/British forces in the Gulf…it’s all the same thing, no matter what coat of paint/name you give it.
In addition, there is another great piece at Rabble today, criticizing the Canadian press for constantly pushing the war in Afghanistan at us on a daily basis through the CBC and Canadian news media. The author states they seem to have lost their objectivity since last fall, but I noticed that objectivity begin to dissipate very soon after the Cons were elected. More and more, the media parrots the Harper/Con line on Afghanistan and I am utterly sick of it. Murray Dobbin writes,
Sure I want to see women in Afghanistan liberated, shedding those really hot, uncomfortable, looking burkas and going to school… what Canadian women wouldn’t? However, I certainly do not believe this is a good reason to continue making war in this country. How many countries have these same problems? There are horrible practises that exist in many African/Islamic countries like genocide, female circumcision, hanging gay men, and child soldiers, but do we invade countries and force them into adopting our ideas about civility and society at the end of a gun?
I wish the press would stop insulting our intelligence by making this an issue about women’s rights and/or democracy. Let’s call it what it really is…..tin-can Con/Bush spin to justify our continued exploitation of the country. The US wants Iraq’s oil, and we are helping the US by allowing them to focus on the real prize. We are in effect babysitting the country (Afghanistan) that was used as a base to hit at the US, so the US can use their resources to continue to fight an illegal, unjust, criminal war against a country they had no right to invade. In my opinion, this makes Canada guilty of collusion with the US in its criminal war against the Iraqi people.
When a society is ready for change, then change will happen and peacekeeping can work. I do not believe we are changing anything except installing a government that is aligned with a Bush/US and now…unfortunately… Harper/Con enforced, Canadian point of view. We can keep telling ourselves we are making progress; but I am sure the Russians comforted themselves with that line for many years before they finally realized that change is not something that can be enforced, gave up and went home. When Afghanistan is ready for change..it will change and not before. To the Canadian media… stop trying to define who we are as Canadians through this whole Bush controlled charade, it’s insulting our intelligence as a people.