It was just a coincidence that the Turner Classic Movie channel should be running Dr Strangelove yesterday.
On the same day that Jason Kenney made his first major speech as the Con regime's new Defence Minister.
But in a way it seemed strangely appropriate, because I did have trouble distinguishing between the two movies.
Or deciding which one was more hilarious or more deeply disturbing.
Defence Minister Jason Kenney is warning Canada faces a high probability of another attack from homegrown jihadists as he plays down the threat to civil liberties from proposed anti-terror legislation.
“There is a high probability of jihadist attacks from within,” the minister told the Conference of Defence Associations. “The threat of terrorism has never been greater. Combating them becomes more difficult as they merge, morph and migrate.”
Because that scene in the Jason Kenney Goes To War movie, reminds of the one in Dr Strangelove when the deranged General Ripper explains to his shocked assistant why he's starting the Third World War....
And as for Kenney's apparently irresistible desire to turn us into a police state or a Jesus State:
The threat that is going to keep mutating. We have to be flexible in addressing the needs of our police and security agencies to counter the threat.”
It only needs the presence of the mad professor Tom Flanagan to make it look and sound even more insane...
Or make it look like Kenney is trying to provoke a terrorist attack...
Last week an RCAF-led airstrike destroyed an #ISIL explosives (IED) factory in Hit. Bravo @RCAF_ARC
— Jason Kenney ن (@jkenney) February 19, 2015
By shooting his mouth off all over the place.
But then that's exactly what the Cons want, nothing would suit them better, and that's what makes it so monstrous.
Because as Michael Harris points out, it is all about Stephen Harper, and the unmaking of Canada.
Stephen Harper’s not-so-benign dictatorship is picking up speed. Bill C-51 is merely the latest sprint toward the Rule of Steve.
Even the PM’s most ardent enablers must be choking on their lattes. They have to admit that the government has produced no evidence to justify the draconian measures contained in legislation it will not permit to be amended — unless, that is, they’re gullible enough to accept the government’s hysterical homilies about the battle against evil-doers. These days, Harper sounds like George W. Bush after the third martini.
For who would else appoint a religious fanatic like Kenney to drag us further into a religious war?
And why does it all remind me of the final scene in Dr Strangelove?
The last one before the bombs go off.
And the good news? Kenny really is the wrong man for the job.
His fanaticism, and his obvious desire to expand Canada's mission in Iraq, is sure to make Canadians nervous.
Make them question his sanity, and wonder where his equally deranged leader might take them...
And give our horror movie at least a happy ending.
For he is crazy, and he is dangerous.
But his madness will destroy him...
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