Terror

Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: John Negroponte "decent"? Really?

There's something that's annoying the bejeezus out of me as I watch the Burns/Novick documentary on the Vietnam War. They've got these guys/gals talking at you, and all you're told about who they are, so you can judge what they're saying, is a name, and "Marines," or "Pentagon." You're not told anything about them.

Since Burns/Novick start the series by asserting that the American effort in that war was started by "decent people," it seems to me we have a right to assume they'll have decent people talking to us about it, no?

Israel, Palestine, Terror

To assist in understanding what's going on when reading about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank/Jerusalem, and the acts of genocide that are taking place there, I offer the following:

"Terrorism" is a strategy of committing acts to provoke terror in the general population so as to create pressure to effect political change.

Cologne: What more do we need to know?

Here are some questions I think we should be asking ourselves about the attacks in Cologne.

Here comes the Canada Day/Independence Day extravaganza

Every year at this time we get to take a day off, hang with friends and family, and think about how lucky we are to be so darned free in these great countries of ours. This year we’ve got a special reason to celebrate, as the United States has finally joined Canada in legalizing same-sex marriage. But every year, it seems, we’ve got a little less reason to do so.

Bill C51: What if Police are Already Abusing their Power?

On October 20, 2014, troubled Quebecker Martin Couture-Rouleau used his car to run down two members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Two days later, troubled Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, known to have been a drug user and described by some acquaintances as having had mental issues, shot an unarmed Canadian Armed Forces sentry dead at the National War Memorial, and proceeded to Parliament Hill, where he entered the Centre Block, got into a shootout with security, and was shot dead himself.

Accusations of "rape as a weapon of war" as a weapon of war

Here's a letter I wrote to NDP leaders shortly after they voted to approve extending the war in Libya. (Someone who used to be a colleague at my workplace got himself elected to Parliament recently. I'm sure he didn't think he'd be a pro-war voter within weeks of the election!)

I must say I was taken aback by the NDP's voting for more war in Libya. And I'm sure you think it was a big victory that you got some kind of a promise from the Harperites to prosecute "rape used as a weapon of war."

Nothing good can come from continuing to stoke rebellion in Libya

A few days ago, I typed out the following to the Globe and Mail in response to this article.

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I hate to break it to our Fearless Leaders, but the revolution in Libya has been lost, and has been lost for some time now. It's clear that the rebels are no match for the Libyan army-the only territory they can occupy is whatever's been cleared for them by NATO bombs.

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