Canada’S Role In Tyranny: Party To The Continuous Lie

Posted on Monday, November 15 at 10:54 by robertjb

 

When Canada’s prime minister speaks to this country’s policy on Israel he either doesn’t know, pretends not to know or hopes his audience-the country- doesn’t know some pertinent facts regarding the history of the Palestinian- Israeli conflict that has dragged on for some thirty years.
 
It is no coincidence that this conflict has persisted unresolved decade after decade. The reason is that there is no honest broker to bring a about resolution. US president Obama states there is nothing to be gained by “finger pointing,”….
 
but if we see this conflict from only one side or the other then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and security.
 
Obama, like so many presidents before him pays lip service to the problem, but then stymies, in the time honored tradition, any possibility of a fair and just resolution. The reason being that the present status quo serves the interests of both the US and Israel.
 
In 1967, then Israeli prime minister Moshe Dayan recommended to his cabinet that the Palestinians in the territories be advised that…
 
we have no solution, you shall continue to live like dogs, and who ever wishes may leave, and we will see where this leads.
 
In other words from day one the Israelis have never wanted to pursue a resolution. In 1974 US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger created his “doctrine of stalemate.” This was a diplomatic strategy where a party that does not want a resolution to a conflict simply obstructs any resolution. In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the US and Israel have colluded continually to maintain the doctrine of stalemate.
 
Canada’s prime minister moves in mysterious with shady ways as his Israeli policy displays something between a willful ignorance of the facts and the desire to be a courtesan to tyranny. In a speech to the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, he makes the ludicrous claim:      
 
but when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand.
 
The PM has a somewhat selective memory as there are numerous countries whose very existences really are threatened much more so than Israel:
 
 Iraq has been plundered with over a million dead, four million refugees and now struggles to piece itself back together.
 
Afghanistan which has been in a continuous state of war for the past forty years with no end in sight
 
Pakistan has been ravaged by both floods and war ongoing, and the list goes on…
 
These countries all have one thing in common. They are all Muslim countries and their plight is somehow not included in the prime minister’s rating.
 
Israel is a very secure country as it has a state of the art military, a nuclear capability and the backing of the US.
 
The prime minister also plays a dirty little game when he addresses the issue of the “new anti-Semitism”:  
 
 “We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is.”
 
What he is clearly trying to do is equate any criticism of Israel as being anti-Semitic- a tawdry ploy trying to buy Israel immunity for its actions, but like all other nations Israel must be held to account for its actions.  He fails to see with its persecution of the Palestinians and the plight of other Muslim countries Israel inevitably, along with the US, becomes the lightning rod for injustice against Arab populations.
 
Not only does the prime minister’s wrong-headed perverseness apply to Israeli policy it also extends to our presence in Afghanistan. Here again Canada is living the continuous lie. The US has no intention of leaving Afghanistan as it is building huge infrastructure (“basing”- military bases the size of small towns) in the country worth tens of billions and don't think for a minute they are just going to walk away from these. Afghan’s, like Palestinians and Iraqi’s, are being subjugated, their countries become occupied territories. The so-called Afghan army is being trained to control the local population for the occupiers.
 
The fundamental flaw in US foreign policy is that it seeks to subjugate.  Where people are subjugated it is only a matter of time until they will rebel. In other words the practice of hard power is self-defeating- trying to push people and countries too hard in one direction only insures that they will ultimately go in another. 
 
When are Canada and NATO going to quit whoring themselves to US imperialism? US global hegemony with all its atrocities is collapsing. An overbearing military presence-as might makes right- in the Middle-East and Central Asia can only be sustained for so long and when it collapses there will be chaos unless confrontation is abandoned and soft power prevails. Even now the loathing and mistrust towards the duplicitous West renders this a daunting but essential alternative.  
 
When Bush II attacked Iraq in 2003 for the most depraved reasons he triggered a chain of events that is out of control and ruinous to all. It remains for present Western leaders to quit being “blind to the truth” to work towards reconciliation and quit seeing the issues “from only one side.”
 
We must quit being party to the continuous lie.
 
 
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Quotations are drawn from the Nov. 8th Toronto Globe and Mail and Noam Chomsky’s , Hopes and Prospects 

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