Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy

Dangerous new military agreement with U.S. announced

2006.03.18.No to Canada's Participation.Toronto4EVEN before the US and NATO generals, admirals, think tank gurus, opinion makers and media pundits open the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia this afternoon, a dangerous new military agreement was announced this morning by the United States and Canada.

Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, met on the margins of the HISF to discuss the “Canada-U.S. defence relationship”, and signed a new Canada-U.S. Asia-Pacific Defense Policy Cooperation Framework. The agreement revises the “relationship” and formally incorporates Canada deeper into Obama’s aggressive Asia Pivot strategy, also called “rebalancing,” which is aimed not only against China and Korea but against all peoples of the region.

According to the DND announcement, “The Framework will enhance the coordination of Canadian and American engagement activities in the Asia-Pacific region, build capability and capacity amongst Asian partners by coordinating training activities and exercises, and support regional forums to strengthen dialogue and cooperation.”

DND also used the occasion to publish Canada’s defence relations in the Asia-Pacific region as a so-called backgrounder.

The first point about the “Policy Cooperation Framework” is that it is a secret agreement forged between the military ministers of two governments involved in as many as five wars at the present time, and the terms are simply not released. This is a secret agreement about which Canadians in essence know nothing other than the fact it is signed. The true nature, extent and objectives are unknown. The Canadian military has long since given up any independent stand. Not only has it been under the command of the U.S. through NATO and NORAD, but since 9/11, even DND is under U.S. command.  That this is being decided behind the backs of the people is a matter of added concern.

Why is the content so dark that it cannot see the light of day? No honest and democratic government that carries an enlightened foreign policy conducts secret diplomacy with its method of intrigues, codes, lies and disinformation that has caused so much damage in the world.

As everyone knows there is no place in the world that the Canadian Forces go where they are not under the command of the United States. The “relationship” is defined by over 200 military agreements such as NATO and NORAD that bind the annexed Canadian military to the Pentagon hand and foot. Any number are secret. It was through such dirty mechanisms that weapons of mass destruction such as U.S. nuclear bombs were placed on Canadian soil, including Greenwood, NS, and bio-chemical weapons tested in Gagetown, NB and Suffied, AB – and on unsuspecting Canadian military personnel. The same applies to ongoing “visits” of the U.S. warships to Canadian ports.

But when press releases go on to use oblique coded phrases such as “enhance the coordination of Canadian and American engagement activities in the Asia-Pacific region” and “build(ing) capability” and “coordinating training activities and exercises” only the gullible can fail to see this is an agreement to intensify war preparations and aggression in that vast region, incite regional tensions and conflicts from remote islands off the coast of Japan to Kashmir and Tibet and between India and Pakistan, so that the USA may fish in troubled waters, as well as for the suppression of the struggles of its peoples for their rights and freedom. This should be a matter of grave concern for not only the Canadian and American people but peace-loving people the world over.

The cynical declaration by Hagel and Nicholson to deceive the public that “Canada and the U.S. are demonstrating their ongoing commitment to the Asia-Pacific region by contributing significant resources to humanitarian and relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan” can be dismissed as pretense and duplicity. The massive influx of warships and marines has already triggered mass protests from the Filipinos, who need and demand shelter, food and water, not troops on the ground.

The greed of these powers is such none of them would gratuitously send a naval armada to the Philippines out of humanitarian instincts. TML Daily has pointed out in a trenchant editorial posted on this blog:

“The U.S., Japan (the U.S. closest economic and military ally in East Asia), Britain and Canada are sending troops into the disaster area in the name of humanitarian intervention and militarizing the relief operation to serve their own interests. These include the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington with 5,000 troops aboard, the sending of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious from Britain, Japan’s preparation to send 1,000 troops to the hurricane area and Canada’s deployment of the Disaster and Relief Team (DART), as well as military helicopters, plus the November 15 announcement that the Royal Canadian Air Force is sending a CC-150 Polaris military transport plane.

“This covers up that the U.S. and its allies, including Canada, are part and parcel of U.S. imperialist Chieftain Obama’s Pivot Strategy to move more U.S. troops from around the world into East Asia to threaten China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and to establish U.S. hegemony in East Asia.”

Thus the Canada-U.S. Asia-Pacific Defense Policy Cooperation Framework concretizes what Obama and Harper have being putting into place gradually for some time. The Philippines, Australia and other parts of the region had already seen an increase in the number of U.S. warships, planes and personnel since Obama announced his “pivot” in foreign, economic and security policy towards Asia in Australia in November, 2011, and as it attempts to replace U.S. and Canadian troops in Afghanistan with troops from NATO bloc countries in Europe.

In parallel, the DND had launched a search to establish a new military base or “hub” in Southeastern Asia, such as Malaysia, for the Canadian Forces to complement a new military “hub” that it has already announced will be located in South Korea. Canadian Forces participate in major naval and land exercises and its military training programmes extend to Mongolia, Thailand, Philippines, etc. Naval visits to the Indian Ocean commenced shortly after the anti-imperialist revolution in Iran in 1979.

Further, it is instructive of Harper’s imperialist geography that the DND backgrounder places landlocked Mongolia and Pakistan (which borders the Indian Ocean) in the Pacific region, illustrating that the aim of the Asia Pivot strategy is the encirclement of China.

Thus, the so-called Framework agreement is not merely a ratification of the status quo but creates the “framework” for further escalation, but with the direction and command of all Canadian military initiatives and programmes in the Pacific centralized under the United States and concentrated in the hands of its generals and admirals.

All these dangerous intrigues and hotchpotch of lies under the fine-sounding phrases of “humanitarian intervention”!

All the more reason the unfolding machinations between the war ministers of the U.S., Canada and the NATO bloc underway in Halifax deserve the utmost vigilance and condemnation.

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