Colonial Canada Now. Part One

Posted on Monday, May 26 at 17:25 by Robin Mathews
Much is said about Canada's independence from the U.S.A.  Commentators point to stock exchanges and housing markets to make their point.  But Canada continues to move - more and more - into the position of lackey and valet to the U.S.  That fact is evident in the matters involving the military, the para-military, politics, education, press, media, culture, and the economy.

History tells us over and over that the people of a colonial country exist to serve, to imitate, to legitimize, to (perversely) mirror, and to exalt what they are indoctrinated to believe is the reality of their masters, the imperial people who dominate.

In modern (as in ancient) times a successful colonization is one which pretends equality, preaches "sharing" (we "share" the continent with the U.S.A.), and celebrates the colonial who is "successful" in the imperial centre or at home serving imperial interests.

False equality is necessary. Colonials, treated openly as such, as inferiors, "lackeys and valets", as servants of the master - eventually resist, eventually struggle against their status and create continuing disorder in society.  The only end of that condition is liberation, independence, or harsh and violent repression.  And so the fiction of equality, consultation, sharing, respect, and independence are absolutely necessary to a peaceful and long-term, imperial-colonial relation.

"Canada and the U.S., friends and partners, sharing the longest undefended border in the world."

All the while, in fact, the principal "needs" of the Imperial Centre are served first, at whatever short or long-term cost to the colony.  Presently, just for instance, the U.S.A. which owns and/or controls (by treaty) Canada's fossil fuel industry sells gasoline cheaper in the U.S.A. than it is sold in Canada.  Moreover, the flow of Canadian fossil fuels to the U.S. endangers the future of Canadian needs and the Canadian economy. Those facts are rarely mentioned as "Canadian news".
"Exceptions", to the general rule are often illusory. A huge exception, Canadians are invited to believe, was the refusal by then prime minister Jean Chretien to commit Canadian troops to the U.S. war against Iraq.  Canadians crow and crowed about that "gesture of independence".

It was just that - however important to the self-respect of Canadians: a "gesture".

For we know Canadians are taking part in the U.S. Iraq war. The Canadian navy is "protecting" waters in the area for the U.S.  Canadians are a part of advisory and surveillance teams.  And the Canadian War Industry has been (quietly) so amplified and (quietly) so integrated with the U.S. War Industry that the U.S. can hardly attack any imperial enemy or supply arms to a satellite ally that wishes to engage in proxy war for the U.S.A. without the weaponry used (often against wholly innocent people) having important "Canadian" components.
In a brilliant move to assure Canadian participation in every U.S. military action, the U.S. has granted the Canadian arms industry near-equality (!) with its own.  And the colonial Canadian government has declared that shipments of Canadian-made military materials to the U.S.A. will not be recorded as sales-to-a-foreign-country.  (Such sales, normally, are closely monitored to be sure Canadian military goods are not used for rogue purposes.)

In the case of the U.S. master, the use of Canadian military material for rogue use is, by careful policy, disguised by both Canadian and U.S. governments.  "Canadian" weaponry is killing U.S. "enemies" as I write. 

The terrifying aspect of the situation is that it creates a huge and powerful profit-making War Industry in Canada which works tirelessly for the support, in Canada, of U.S. military, expansionist policy around the world. 

While all that proceeds as normal, the Canadian forces kept from Iraq are at war for the U.S.A. in Afghanistan.  That distant, exotic, tribal, primitive (?) land borders on Iran, upon which the U.S. has military designs.  It borders on Pakistan, U.S. "friend".  It borders on the oil producing countries adjacent to Russia - Turkmenistan and the others, upon which the U.S. also has a covetous eye. It borders on China (chief antagonist of U.S. imperial power). 

Canada's refusal to commit troops to Iraq, choosing, instead, Afghanistan, was a triumph of colonial sleight-of-hand. There, the propagandized pursuit of education for children and women's freedom masks a cold, deliberate and murderous imperial policy.  One ridiculous face of the policy is the face of top Canadian general Rick Hillier.  Touted in major Canadian press and media, and described as being daringly in conflict with his political superiors - in support of the "ordinary" soldier - Hillier is a blatant lackey and flack for U.S. military policy energetically supported by the Stephen Harper colonials.

A favourite of U.S. forces when he was in the U.S.A., Hillier mirrors (perversely) the falsified "reality" of U.S. military leaders.  A cross between a "blood and guts" U.S. general and a thinly disguised sham from one of T.C. Haliburton's tales of Sam Slick (the slippery Yankee salesman) Hillier is permitted (indeed encouraged) by the major press and media to vamp and ogle and posture and pontificate and preen as a maker of military policy for Canada.

Does he make military policy for Canada?  Of course not.  He serves U.S. interests.  He disguises Stephen Harper policy.  He is the perfect colonial upon whom equality is conferred.  As long as he devotes himself to the task of keeping Canada in slavish and willing servitude to the U.S., he will be called - and will in fact be - the equal of major policy-makers in the U.S.A., dedicating the lives of young Canadian soldiers to the expansionist policies of the U.S.A.

It is fitting that Canadian colonialism is explained here, to start, by a brief look at Canadian military matters.  As we look out on the so-called "fields of valour", we are witness to a hardening of Canada's military policy.  In the years after the Second World War when Canada seized a very limited independence and negotiating position, it created the concept of "the peace keepers".  They were internationally legitimized (United Nations sponsored) military forces with a near-impossible (but noble) task.  They were to keep belligerent parties from warring.  They were to force truce while peace could be negotiated.  They were to "keep the peace" where war would otherwise be inevitable.  They were often disarmed or semi-armed.  Their task was (and is) always Herculean, always noble.  Sometimes they failed.  Sometimes soldiers among them were killed, emphasizing the truly heroic nature of their work.

Canada has moved since then (witness the "integration and near equality of Canada- U.S armament production) more and more into the position of an abject tool of U.S. policy. 

The U.S. wants no peace-keeping forces interfering with its military plans.  It wants truckling conspirators, willing accessories before and after the facts of illicit war.  And so we see the war drums beaten in Canada - on behalf of the U.S. - as never before. If we want images of Canadian colonialism, of Canada's abject fawning on the U.S.A., none better exist than the images of Rick Hillier and Stephen Harper.

Military matters provide, alas, only one aspect of Canadian colonialism.  To be effective, colonialism must exist at the core - in the political world and among those who create and pay for the politicians.  It must exist among Canadian para-military forces: the police, the courts, and - as colonialism deepens - the Canadian educational system.  It must exist in the Canadian press and media, and in all forms of what we call "communication". Finally, the economy of the country must define - in a major way - the country's colonial status.  Not for nothing is there an old and often stated truism - that the economy of a country shapes its culture and the culture of a country describes the owners of its economy.

Colonialism can be seen, plainly, in the ways in which people interact, describe themselves, work and play - their refined pleasures and their popular entertainment.  Those last are unconscious but insidious ways Canadians are indoctrinated to accept as "reality" their condition as colonials.  In that regard Canada is increasingly being invaded by what is being pushed at them as "sacred", as "democratic", "of the people" and so on - and so as untouchable - what is called popular culture.  So-called popular culture in Canada is, in fact, a naked and widespread, U.S.-pushed, corporate generated expression.  It just happens to be a major colonizing force in Canada.  More on that aheadŠ.

This column has glanced at Canada's military colonization.  Columns that follow will examine some of the rest.

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