Alexandre Boulerice is one of my favourite MPs.
He's a big guy, and when he gets up in the Commons and shouts at Stephen Harper, you can see the tyrant
Which is a spectacle I rather enjoy eh?
So you can imagine how outraged I was to see Great Wobbly Leader launch an all out attack on the big guy, when he wasn't there to defend himself.
Over something he once said about the First World War !!!!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come out swinging against New Democrat Alexandre Boulerice for the Quebec MP's 2007 blog post that praised communists who opposed the First World War and cast the conflict as "a purely capitalist war on the backs of the workers and peasants."
"I find the comments outrageous, inflammatory, unacceptable," Harper said in Calgary.
Even though Harper's inflammatory overreaction must surely lead most sensible Canadians to question his sanity.
And even though, as Aaron Wherry points out, Boulerice is in good company, the story is almost as old as the War to End All Wars.
And Harper probably shouldn't be reviving old ghosts like the Conscription Crisis. Not when it bitterly divided the country, and led to some of the most violent riots in our history.
Because not every Canadian or Canadien wanted to fight and die for Britain eh?
And even in Britain, where the Cameron Cons are also trying to whip up a patriotic frenzy over World War I, to distract attention from their War on the Poor, many consider that old war to be nothing but a savage, imperial, bloodbath.
The war was a vast depraved undertaking of unprecedented savagery, in which the ruling classes of Europe dispatched their people to a senseless slaughter in the struggle for imperial supremacy.
This wasn't a war of self-defence, let alone liberation from tyranny. As the late Eric Hobsbawm sets out in his Age of Empire, it was the cataclysmic product of an escalating struggle for colonial possessions, markets, resources and industrial power between the dominant European empires.
Which leaves me wondering why is Stephen Harper so obsessed with old wars?
For surely wobbly is no warrior...
And the only thing I can think of is that he must be DESPERATE.
Desperate to distract us from what he is doing to this country. Desperate to pose as a patriot as he sells us out to foreign interests, and gives our jobs to foreign workers.
And of course, desperate to boost his sagging polls. Even if it means ripping the scars off old wounds, and dividing the country again.
Oh boy. And what more can I say?
Except oh what a ghastly
And, because you know I can't resist this song eh?
Oh What a Lovely War...
And of course, oh what a lovely WEEKEND.
Allons-y Canadiens !!!!
Have a great one everybody...
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