Friday, November 20, 2015
The Con Media's Insane War on Justin Trudeau
As you know the Cons, led by the flying chicken hawk Jason Kenney, have been trying to use the massacre in Paris to go after Justin Trudeau.
Accusing him of letting down the side, or siding with the terrorists, for his decision to end our bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. And focus instead on better and more Canadian ways to help defeat ISIS.
And what makes it even worse, is that the Con media is going after Trudeau for the same reason.
Like bats out of hell...
With Jeffrey Simpson blowing his tinny trumpet and accusing Trudeau of ramping down our military mission.
No sooner had Paris been maimed by terrorist attacks by the Islamic State than Mr. Trudeau reaffirmed that Canada would indeed be withdrawing from the direct military fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
Distracted by more pressing matters, the government of our “cousins” said nothing, but the French (and other allies) cannot be amused by Mr. Trudeau’s decision. They are considering how to ramp up military efforts against the Islamic State; Canada is ramping down.
Lysiane Gagnon screeching hysterically about how he's destroying our credibility.
The federal government’s decision to recall the CF-18 jets from the coalition fighting the Islamic State is a terrible blow to Canada’s credibility on the world stage.
This move sends clear messages both to our allies and to the Islamic State: Canada cannot be relied on when tragedy strikes a close ally, and Canadians are quick to back off under threats of terrorism.
Even if she admits its only empty symbolism.
True, these six aging jets were playing a secondary role, but their presence was highly symbolic in a context where symbols count for a great deal.
While David Akin, from the Postmedia brigade, makes it only too clear that our Con media wants the bombing to continue...
And that Trudeau better listen to them or ELSE.
When in fact Trudeau doesn't have to listen to them, and he is not ramping down our military effort against ISIS, he's planning to ramp up our contribution on the ground.
Now that Russia is sometimes dropping more bombs in one day than the Americans are dropping in a month, and the French are stepping up their campaign, our symbolic presence is even more meaningless.
Far from destroying our image on the world stage, Trudeau is enhancing it like no other Prime Minister has done before him...
And all the Con media are trying to do is destroy him, and our dreams of a better Canada.
And as for the Great War on Terror, as Michael Harris points out, it's almost certainly not the kind of war that can be won in the air or on the ground.
No one else is saying it, but it’s still a fact: ISIS — or something just like it — is with us to stay. With every politician in France channelling Clint Eastwood, you might think that the “eradication” of this Islamic terrorist group is just a few bombing sorties away.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Revenge-driven aerial bombing campaigns may make the French think something is being done about the Paris attacks — until the next attack.
The War in Afghanistan was a grinding failure. The War in Iraq even more of a bloody fiasco.
Baghdad is a shadow of its former self, capital of a country that exists only on maps. Farmers in southern Iraq are turning from rice to poppy cultivation. Iraq has splintered into deadly factions and is sinking into what looks like a regional civil war — the late Osama bin Laden’s goal.
Back in Saddam Hussein’s day, there were no jihadists in Iraq. Now there is ISIS, which President Obama himself admits was created by the blundering U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Whipping up fears about terrorism, while never tackling its root causes, is the road to ruin and a police state.
You stand a better chance of being struck by lightning than of dying at the hands of a terrorist — but most governments see a hidden benefit in exaggerating the threat. After every attack attributed to terrorists, governments take another step towards the complete surveillance state.
The journey towards global surveillance rides the bullet train of fear and prejudice. The more speed it picks up, the further democracy recedes in the rear-view mirror.
And basing decisions about military strategy on emotion or rage...
Couldn't be more insane or more dangerous.
So if Justin Trudeau wants to take some time to decide in a calm and rational manner how Canada can best contribute to the fight against ISIS, while keeping us safe, and preserving our Canadian values.
Then that's what he should do, and all decent Canadians should support him.
And for beating the drums of war in such a feverish and hysterical fashion just to satisfy their corporate bosses...
And playing up base emotion over reason.
The Con media deserves no thanks at all.
And couldn't be more disgusting or more pathetic...
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