Canada�s prime minister, Stephen Harper, was elected to a
minority government in 2006. Since then he has done his best to set up what
could be considered a Republican government for the state of Canada. Except
that Canada is not a state of the United States (just a weak willed wimpy ally)
nor are there any Republican parties in Canada. Stephen Harper however is as
close as it gets.
Signs of the times
One of the signs is the economy. The current conservative
government has applauded itself many times for the stability of the Canadian
banking system in face of the world economic decline. Fortunately for Canada,
Harper has only had a minority government, otherwise deregulation as per the
U.S. style of handling its finances could have been introduced well before the
bubble burst. Canada only looks good because the conservatives did not have the
power to implement its U.S. model of finance liberalization.
Harper followed the U.S. lead in giving out large sums of
money for infrastructure projects, many of which had already been announced
ahead of the budget, many of which had already been finished (if the many road
signs bragging about moving Canada forward by building infrastructure are any
indication), and most of the money made its way into corporate pockets rather
than the pockets of the average consumer. I would hazard to surmise that the
deficit thus created serves the same purpose as that in the U.S. and Greece: to
help limit or eliminate government pension funds and funding of health and
welfare structures. We will be told that with the current huge deficit that we
should all tighten our belts and the government must do the same, yet the poor
corporations receive nothing but government largesse following the same track
as our U.S. neighbours.
Harper has two degrees in economics, a sign in my mind for
certain that he does not know what he is talking about, as economists generally
are versed only in idealistic theories within falsely created models and
falsely contrived mathematics of market perfection.
Another sign is the environment. Harper and his colleagues
have been extremely weak on environmental issues, preferring not to use the
principle of scientific uncertainty, but the deniers principle of no action
without absolute proof. Even with the current BP disaster unfolding in the Gulf
of Mexico, the Harper government has recently put forward a law that allows
corporations drilling in the Arctic to not have to drill a secondary �rescue�
well in case of an accident as was in the books up until now. Imagine an oil
spill as deep as the Gulf of Mexico but under winter pack ice and howling
blizzards. . . .
The real right turn . . . Israel
All that I can live with as the financial system will follow
its own irrational convolutions and unexpected turns and twist whether Canadian
banks are more or less highly regulated. I can also live with the environmental
disaster of a massive oil leak in the Arctic as Mother Nature will soon
straighten us all out on that account.
What I cannot abide is the Harper government�s unequivocal
support given to Israel and its occupation of Palestine, its denial of the
democratic election of Hamas, its support of the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, and
its support of Israeli war crimes in Gaza and its subsequent dismissal of the
Goldstone report. The Palestinian voice is being eliminated in Canada as the
government and media pay fawning attention to Mr. Netanyahu�s current visit in
order to �reaffirm our
countries� strong relationship.� 
denied funding support to the Palestinians after the most democratic elections
that have ever been held in the Middle East in recent times, decrying them as
terrorists who do not deserve our support. He denies or ignores how the
�terrorists� in South Africa and Ireland were incorporated into the peaceful
functioning of government, and how the Afghan government is wisely asking to
contact and incorporate the Taliban in talks, along with the U.S. In Lebanon,
Hezbollah has demonstrated a clear pragmatic trend as it has successfully
entered the public arena as a political power.
that the military actions in Lebanon and Gaza are defensive retaliations is to
live in a world of denial as to the reality of Israeli military goals that are
part and parcel of the whole historical Israeli/Zionist ideal of ethnically
cleansing Palestine of its indigenous population. Harper�s fundamentalist
religious background, although never exposed to the Canadian public, are well
in line with similar views in the U.S. of the imminent return of Jesus and the
coming apocalypse, views that tie in well with supporting the Israeli control
of Palestine. 
go again - Netanyahu in Canada.
visited Canada in 2002, just as the U.S. was priming the pump for the illegal
invasion of Iraq under many false pretences. Now the U.S. is priming the pump
for another illegal attack this time on Iran -- after many years of illegal
threats of attack -- because of its refusal to do as the U.S. wishes in
relation to its nuclear industry and because Israel needs an enemy to focus the
world�s attention on in order to keep alive the myth of a people suffering
under the threat of elimination by the surrounding Arabs and Muslim terrorists.
there is no recognition of Israel�s overwhelming military power and its several
hundred atomic/thermonuclear weapons that could incinerate most of the Middle
East. Nor is there recognition that Iran is working within the intent of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT), unlike the U.S. itself which has only
paid lip service to reducing its nuclear armaments, and has helped India and
Pakistan create and augment their systems, both outside the NPT. Nor is there
recognition that the U.S. has given billions of dollars and military weaponry
to the Israelis over its entire existence, partly in short-sighted support of
the Jewish vote in key areas of the U.S. electoral ridings, but also in its
hegemonic quest to contain Russia, China, and the energy resources of the
Here we go
again against another �belligerent� nation not obeying the commands of the U.S.
and its compatriot in arms Israel. The rhetoric against Iran continues to
mount, as the U.S. really only sees one end game - the military. Israel
continues its obfuscation on all issues that oppose its eventual goal of the complete
take-over of Palestinian territory, hiding behind the smoke screen of
terrorism, Iranian nuclear weapons, and the media denial of Israeli
international crimes against the Palestinians and Lebanese. Harper�s
fundamentalist beliefs make Netanyahu�s visit a natural follow up to the verbal
support provided by the Canadian government.
in Canada, �is looking to Canada for validation and confirmation regarding the
threat posed by Iran,� said Moshe Ronen, chairman of the Canada-Israel
Committee. �He wants and needs Canada to articulate a view that Iran represents
the most dangerous threat to global security and that the international
community cannot allow itself to be distracted from addressing the threat it
Iran is a
minimal threat to global security. It is years away from making a nuclear
weapon, is years away from having a delivery system, is decades away from
having enough force to even consider doing anything with such a weapon, other
than to have it serve as a deterrent against other countries threats and
aggressions, ranging from Pakistan through Iraq and on to Israel and the U.S.
Iran has never attacked another country, although its foolish prolongation of
the war with Iraq gained no sympathy. Iran has been the subject of ongoing
U.S., Soviet, and British manipulation throughout the last century.
wonder Iran is seeking a nuclear back up that might help thwart anymore
interference in its affairs. For all the �devilish� rhetoric from the
ayatollah�s (not too dissimilar to the rhetoric from the U.S.) Iran has been
very pragmatic in its relations with other countries including Israel and the
U.S. (aiding them both and receiving aid from both during critical times in the
Iran-Iraq war and the current �war on terror�) It is no more a threat than
Canada is. I would argue that Canada is more of a threat as its support of
Israeli and U.S. actions in the Middle East make it complicit of the same war
crimes that they perpetuate.
Yes, we are
being distracted -- distracted from the horrible record of Israeli
international crimes in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, and perhaps soon in Iran.
The international community -- except for Canada seemingly, oh yeah, I forgot
the OECD, okay the community and not the elites -- is less and less distracted
from the international crimes perpetrated by Israel on the Palestinian people.
That is the real threat to Israel, that it is finally being seen for the
non-democratic militarized society that it is, without respect for other people
and other religions (including, ironically, Harper�s Christianity).
the distraction - Israel is the issue
threat is Israeli military power and occupation of the Palestinian homeland and
its overwhelming military predominance. The real threat is the U.S. drive to
hegemonic power, not as boldly stated with the neocons, but still alive and
well in U.S. security endeavours, and the U.S. desire to be the unilateral boss
of the world. The real threat is the U.S. unequivocal support of Israel in
order to gain a few votes and keep the military industry alive and well. The
real threat is not Iran and Netanyahu well knows that. The real threat is the
world discovering belatedly the true intentions of the Zionists and their
desire for an ethnically clean homeland, and the willingness to get there using
any means possible.
knows well that he can control the U.S. political scene and is now working on
controlling the Canadian political scene.
Regev. Israel comes to Canada looking for
Friday, May 28, 2010, Globe and Mail.
 Douglas Todd. Why
Steven Harper keeps his evangelical faith very private, September 10, 2008,
Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor/columnist of opinion
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