Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on all the peace-loving and anti-war forces of Halifax and the entire region – workers, youth, students and women – to go into action to oppose the so-called Halifax International Security Forum. Organized by the Canadian Department of National Defence and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Forum will be held from November 20-22 at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. The official website of the conference states that although “serious conferences about regional and global security have traditionally been held outside of the United States and Canada … [t]oday’s new dangers require new thinking and new solutions, and the Halifax International Security Forum is the new venue to explore serious policy alternatives.”
In other words, this “Security Forum” is a component part of NATO’s attempt to reconfigure itself. The NATO Summit held six months ago in April 2009 in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany marked the official start of the elaboration of a “new security doctrine.” This “new doctrine” is to replace that of “humanitarian intervention” introduced during the 1999 aggression against Yugoslavia and the first absorption into NATO of states of the former Soviet bloc. This past July NATO announced that a “group of experts” would be convened to plan its new strategy. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who presided over the bombing of Yugoslavia, chairs the group. The co-chairman is Jeroen van der Veer, who until June 30 was chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell. The demand for this “new doctrine” is impelled by the crisis of NATO itself. After eight years of occupation of Afghanistan under the pretext of opposing terrorism, NATO has been unable to quell the important resistance of the Afghan people. The people of Afghanistan refuse to accept NATO’s “international security assistance” and the peoples of NATO’s member countries have not been convinced of the nobility of the war or NATO’s present course and its raison d’être.
The German Marshall Fund, founded by a grant from Germany in 1972 to commemorate assistance provided to it by the Marshall Plan, is actively involved in NATO’s attempts to redefine itself and expand its global reach. The conference website describes the role of the fund as follows: “GMF is known for its innovative convening, including Brussels Forum, its annual flagship event, and its NATO Summit Conferences at Istanbul, Riga, and Bucharest. Brussels Forum […] brings together top North American and European policymakers and opinion-makers from politics, industry, and the media to discuss the most pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. The NATO Conferences bring together leading figures from the Alliance to debate its current agenda.”
The event will feature a rogue’s gallery of Anglo-U.S. and European militarists such as Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Atlantic Gateway; U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain, advocate of the plan to replace the United Nations with a separate grouping of states called the League of Democracies; Stephen Hadley, one of George W. Bush’s National Security Advisors; several European defence ministers; NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; the Commander of NORAD; unnamed “global political leaders and leading experts on pressing strategic issues”; “the international think tank community”; “business”; “the media”, etc.
The topics of the Halifax conference include “Global Transatlanticism – Where the Allies Are”; “Securing the Seas”; “The New Great Game”; “The Laws of War: States v. Non-State Actors”; “Engagement with Bad Actors”; “Partners and Problems: North Korea”; “Middle East Peace”; “Economic and Security Crisis”; “Space Security”; “Pandemics – Public and Private Preparedness: What Ideas Are Worth Defending?”; “Cyber Security” and “Energy Security and Climate Change.” These topics take up issues defined by NATO’s Strategic Concept to justify allowing the aggressive military bloc to intervene anywhere on the planet and in any sphere of life.
All this shows that the “Security Forum” is being staged to legitimize the use of force in international affairs and spread disinformation and confusion on a world scale as to the aim of the warmongers.
Haligonians have expressed time and time again at the G-7 meetings in 1995 and 2002 and during the 2004 visit of war criminal George W. Bush to Halifax that they do not accept Halifax being used as the venue for anti-people, pro-war meetings of the international ruling elite while the city is militarized by all manner of state security agencies.
All Out to Oppose the Halifax International Security Forum!
No Harbour for War! Canada Out of Afghanistan!
Canada Out of NATO!
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Source: TML Daily, October 22, 2009 – No. 193
Halifax, December 1, 2004: Mass protest against visit of war criminal George W. Bush.