The Pimping of Canada

23 Feb

The Pimping of Canada – December 5, 2011

Sometimes, one can learn a lot about a country by looking at its symbols. The beaver is synonymous with Canada. Most Canadians delude themselves into thinking that the beaver was chosen as a symbol of Canada because it is an industrious animal, and Canadians see themselves as industrious people.

The fools! From the 15th to 19th centuries, the beaver was hunted almost to extinction in order to meet the European demand for beaver felt hats. Beavers were trapped and skinned, and their skins were sent to Europe to made into hats. In other words, not only was a valuable species almost exterminated to meet the demands of foreigners, but the manufacturing and value-added work was done outside of Canada, using raw material from Canada. That’s the Canadian way!

For a time, under Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and the old-time Conservative Party, Canada used high tariffs to develop its fledgling manufacturing base. Canada’s  commodity-based sectors (like agriculture, mining, and fishing) were opposed to the high tariffs and wanted free trade. Yet the policy was successful in developing a manufacturing base that created millions of high-paying jobs. (The conflict between the North and South in the U.S. civil war was more about the high-tariffs demanded by the North to protect its manufacturing-based economy and the demand by the South for free trade for its commodity-based economy).

Anyway, after decades of political battle the free-traders got their way. First it was the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, then the North American Free Trade Agreement with U.S. and Mexico, and soon it will the North American Union.    Today, Canada is more than happy to destroy its land and water to sell tar sands oil to the United States. With that raw material the U.S. will create tens of thousands of jobs in the petro-chemical and plastics industries – jobs that Canada is just too dumb to want.

There’s another way that Canada has been pimped. One of the best things former Prime Minister Jean Chretien did was to keep Canada out of the war in Iraq. One of the worst things he did was get Canada into the war in Afghanistan. Canada has been in that war from the beginning, caught up in the emotional vortex immediately following the incident of September 11, 2001 (an inside job, but that’s a discussion for another time). At first, we sent in our elite commando force, the JTF2, and then we sent in our regular troops.

Afghanistan was the “good war”. Our troops were there to bring freedom from the oppressive Taliban. Our troops were the good guys, even building schools and hospitals. And most of all for Canadians proud of their Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we were there to promote civil rights, especially women’s rights.

Which brings us to the recent judicial farce in Afghanistan. A nineteen-year-old woman was raped and promptly sentenced to 12 years in prison on the charge of having sex out of wedlock. The stylish and enlightened Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had the woman released from prison after she agreed to marry her rapist. Ah, good old family values, eh?! For this almost 160 Canadian soldiers have given up their lives?!

By the way, don’t blame Islam for this farce. This is pure tribal logic. It is tribal law with a religious wrapping. Even Talmudic and Roman Catholic church laws have similar nasty surprises, especially for the female gender. (A topic for another time and place)

Yes, Canada is getting dumber and more militaristic, even taking part in the civil war in Libya, bombing schools, hospitals, water treatment plants and other civilian infrastructure.

Yes, Canadians are truly the running dogs of American imperialism.

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