eastern Canada suffers unseasonable rains, the west enjoys its average warm/hot
summer. In the Middle East however, the heat is rising in the geopolitical
an article in the local paper (The Province, Friday, August 15, p. A41)
concerning Prime Minister Harper and his claim that Russia is returning to a
Soviet-era mentality. That may well be true, but it is only because the
Americans adopted their own unilateral, interventionist, first-strike, supreme
military �full spectrum dominance� ethos that has proven so disastrous around
the world, but specifically in military terms in the Middle East.
joins Bush and Rice in their full-on wilful ignorance of the facts that the
U.S. has invaded more countries in the past half century than any other; that
the U.S. unilaterally invaded and occupied Iraq; that the U.S. created the
situation in Afghanistan -- going way back to the CIA preceding the Russians in
1979 -- including the creation of al-Qaeda and the Taliban to help fight the
Russians (interesting case of �unintended consequences,� all wars have them);
that Georgia attacked Russia first, vainly believing that Israel (which trained
and supplied the Georgian military) and the U.S. (which also trained and
supplied the Georgian military) would step in to help them.
Russia has to return to �cold war mentality� -- it has been the intent of the
U.S. all along to isolate and destroy Russia, to lay claim to all the oil and
natural gas resources, as well as the transportation routes (thus Georgia and
Afghanistan) to �friendly� seaports and countries. That Putin outsmarted the
Americans is quite clear if one reads enough about the current geopolitical
climate in Central Asia. Russia is not perfect, but it has recovered
substantially from the Washington consensus induced rape of resources that
nearly destroyed the country economically and socially.
At the same
time the American state is declining rapidly in its morality and in its
democracy (as well as economically, another partial side-effect of American
wars). Bush holds fuller executive power than any other president and the
American Congress is no longer functioning as a democratic control on the
executive; and neither one of the new candidates for the presidency have
indicated that their will be significant changes -- McCain is Bush renewed and
Obama is a change, but only in skin colour as all his advisors are old white
to say that he is deeply troubled �that Russia somehow has a say or control
over countries outside of its borders� is absolute garbage.
Look at how
the Americans act, always intervening in �countries outside their borders�
either through military action, CIA intervention, or through supposed NGOs such
as the federally funded National Endowment for Democracy. And then Harper needs
to look closer to home, at how Canadian resources under NAFTA have been sold
downstream to the Americans (consider the clauses on natural gas and U.S.
rights to it even if Canada has to give up some of its needs), and then
consider Canadian troops in Afghanistan helping the Americans with their
overall plans to secure those resource supplies.
it is all rationalized as being free markets (which do not exist, never have,
never will) and helping democracy (in a country based very much on tribal
conditions and with the will to defeat any occupiers -- as all foreign troops
are viewed -- or to die in the process, especially once civilians start dying
as �collateral damage.�
it is time to simply be quiet and contemplate your own ignorance or wilful
follies, whichever they be.
Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular
contributor/columnist of opinion pieces and book reviews for The Palestine
Chronicle. Miles� work is also presented globally through other
alternative websites and news publications.