Besides the hundreds of thousands of people killed as a result of U.S. wars of aggression and occupation in which Canada has also participated, many young people have been killed and wounded and suffer post-traumatic stress as a result of crimes committed in Afghanistan and other countries. They are also victimized by the lack of care upon their return home. Youth for Democratic Renewal (YDR) is involving young people to look at the Canadian government’s continued efforts to mobilize youth for imperialist wars, war preparations and other provocative activities at the national and international level. YDR also opposes the militarization of cultural life and the education system in myriad ways and participates in antiwar activities to Make Canada a Zone for Peace.
We are in the midst of the 6th federal election held since 9/11. The Chretien Liberals were in power in 2001 and it was on October 7 that the Prime Minister officially announced Canada’s participation in the so-called “war on terror,” with warships deployed from Halifax in mid-October and 40 members of the Joint Task Force, the army’s secret special forces unit being deployed in December. This was in the midst of Canada’s hosting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly which launched the justification of the operation of the NATO alliance outside of the North Atlantic in the name of ensuring the “defence and security of North America and Europe.”
Whatever spin Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may try to put on it, the defeat of the U.S./NATO aggressors in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban is very much a defeat for the Trudeau government and the policy of successive governments to appease the U.S. warmongers by joining or supporting their dirty wars against nations and peoples that have done Canada and Canadians no harm. These illegal wars of aggression have always been based on lies, as are other acts of war such as economic “sanctions” against countries that do not submit to U.S./NATO dictate. The war in Afghanistan was no exception.
Oppose all-sided militarization of life and war preparations
By Tony Seed
On May 24, 2020, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) held a high-profile public funeral in Halifax for its public relations officer, Capt. Jennifer Casey, a member of the RCAF’s Snowbirds aerobatic team. She was killed on May 17 when her plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Kamloops, BC, during it’s cross-Canada military public relations and recruitment tour codenamed Operation Inspiration. Fortunately, there was no additional loss of life. Casey was a former radio journalist and previously with NORAD.
(August 26) – Many of the military generals who directed the war in Afghanistan over the last two decades have taken up lucrative jobs as members of the boards of directors of major military contractors that take in billions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon every year.
On August 16 the media showed people clinging to and even tied to the undercarriages of US airplanes at the Kabul airport. The C-17 Globemaster III transport planes were taking off for Qatar, one after the other, some partially empty, and people fell down from heights in the sky as the aircraft retracted the landing gear. One photo shows that three bodies were found in a residential neighbourhood which fell from the sky. Videos also emerged capturing people falling from the sky. Another video shows a US Army helicopter propelling people off the runway so that an American transporter can take off. The whole world saw this.
… with their tails between their legs. All the talk about sending troops abroad in the name of high ideals. Americans pull the plug and not an eye is batted by Canadian political leaders. It was all empty phrases – lives squandered, billions spent, a country left in ruins.
By Scott Taylor*
(July 12) – Over the past few weeks the news out of Afghanistan has not been very re-assuring. In keeping with U.S. President Joe Biden’s election campaign promise to end the war in Afghanistan, American troop withdrawals have begun in earnest.
March 20, 2003. Mass anti-war action as Australian people reject U.S. imperialist aggression in Iraq alongside people around the world.
Angus Campbell, chief of Australian Imperial Defence Staff, is billed as a lead speaker by the NATO-sponsored, US-organized ‘Halifax’ Imperialist Insecurity Forum (HISF) now underway. He is to speak on a panel on the Plenary 5 pabel: “GoCanada! Middle Powers Show The Way.”
An official inquiry has just confirmed Australian soldiers were involved in the unlawful killing of dozens of Afghan civilians.
It found 25 special forces soldiers killed 39 civilians in practices known as “throwdowns” where concealable weapons were placed on the bodies of those killed in order to photograph evidence to justify the killings. Continue reading →
GHASSAN KADI on a potentially huge situation brewing in Libya that barely makes the news
The ‘War on Syria’ is far from being over, and it will continue until all foreign forces illegally present on Syrian soil retreat; either willingly, or defeated.
And even though the American presence in Syria has no clear and realistic political purpose other than wreaking havoc and making it hard for Russia to help reach a decisive victory, in a twist of fate, the focus of the Russo-American conflict in the region may soon move away from Syria. Continue reading →
Tehran (March 11) – After months of ups and downs, finally, a peace deal was signed between the Taliban and the United States in Doha on February 20, 2020.
It was struck at the presence of representatives of about 30 countries, mostly U.S. allies in the Afghan war. However, no representatives from the Afghan government were present at the signing ceremony. Continue reading →
The Windsor Peace Coalition convened a meeting on September 27 of all those interested in ensuring that the anti-war conscience of the working people of Windsor-Essex is affirmed in commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Attending the meeting were long-time activists from the Peace Coalition, Women in Black and the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, veterans of the Canadian and U.S. Armed Forces, a local member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a number of active and retired teachers, artists and others. Continue reading →
U.S. General Scott Miller, who took over command of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan on September 2, admitted in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, October 30, that the war in Afghanistan “is not going to be won militarily.”
A review of Carlotta Gall’s The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan | OMAR AHMAD
US Marines stand in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony at Shorab camp, in Helmand province, Afghanistan April 29, 2017 | Reuters/James Mackenzie
In 2003 I attended a hearing on Afghanistan at the US Senate. During the hearing, at which a serving general and a few other experts were giving their testimony, the then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden, leaned forward and said something to the effect of, “I’ve always felt that rather than sending 100,000 troops to Iraq, we should have sent 25,000 troops to Waziristan instead.” Continue reading →
No to the Glorification of War and Aggression in our Name!
Statement of Windsor Peace Coalition – Labour Day 2018
Along with being vehemently anti-worker and anti-union the Ford government is setting itself up to be a champion of U.S.-led wars of aggression. On June 27, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that his government intends to construct a second monument on the grounds of Queen’s Park to those who fought in Afghanistan. Federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is reported to have commended Ford on the project. There already is an Ontario Veterans’ Memorial on the Legislature grounds that commemorates those who served in all of Canada’s military missions, including Afghanistan. This begs the question: why build another monument? Continue reading →
Sign condemns Canada’s so-called 3D policy in Afghanistan of “defence, development and diplomacy.”
On June 27 while he was still premier-designate, Doug Ford announced he was going to construct a new war memorial on the grounds of Queen’s Park to those he called the Canadian heroes of the war in Afghanistan. He plans to do this even though there already is a 30-metre Veteran’s Wall on the legislature grounds, erected in 2006, that commemorates Ontarians who served in all of Canada’s military campaigns, including the one in Afghanistan.Continue reading →
Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945
By JOHN PILGER
The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism. Continue reading →
Members of Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, Afghanistan, in front of a flag with a logo of the Nazi SS. Photograph: AP
Only in Europe? The USA, Canada and Ukraine were the sole countries in the world that voted in November against the United Nations anti-Nazi resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Both the USA and Canada are the only two countries to send armed forces to assist the Kiev regime, including hundreds of “military advisers” to a Ukrainian army that now officially incorporates Neo-Nazi armed battalions.
Both Washington and Ottawa have received their fascist representatives at the highest level (see photo, below).
President Barack Obama has secretly signed an order that expands the United States’ direct combat role in Afghanistan throughout 2015, the New York Times reported.
Signed over the last few weeks, the secret order permits American forces to continue to battle the Taliban and other militants that pose a threat to either the Afghan government or US personnel. According to the Times, US jets, bombers, and drones will be able to aid ground troops – be they Afghan or US forces – in whatever mission they undertake. Continue reading →
(Sept. 17) – THE ISIL or IS threat is a smokescreen. The strength of the ISIL has deliberately been inflated to get public support for the Pentagon and to justify the illegal bombing of Syria. It has also been used to justify the mobilization of what is looking more and more like a large-scale U.S.-led military buildup in the Middle East. The firepower and military assets being committed go beyond what is needed for merely fighting the ISIL death squads. Continue reading →
Harper’s national tributes to the destruction of Afghanistan and Libya were no celebration of victory and cannot be memorialized, writes Scott Taylor, editor of Esprit de Corps magazine, in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on May 11th,as he asks, “Why single out Afghanistan?”
In his column, Mr Taylor points out that “The last time a nationwide celebration of this sort was even proposed was at the conclusion of the Great War in 1918. The idea had been the brainchild of Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, but due to the lengthy logistics involved in shipping home the Canadian Expeditionary Force it was decided to keep individual parades and tributes on a local basis. Continue reading →
When it comes to military personnel and their families, the Canadian government is like an abusive boyfriend
TS note: This message was sent to David Pugliese, Defence Watch, from an individual who is involved in the Canadian military system and whose spouse is also in the Canadian Forces. Mr Pugliese writes, “they have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from government and senior leadership.”
THE Canadian government is like the abusive boyfriend who brings flowers to his girlfriend at her workplace after a fight.
Her friends think he’s awesome. They see his nice clothes and his friendly smile. They think he is hardworking and smart. They see his friends treat him with respect. But they have never been alone with him. They don’t know what is really going on behind the façade. Continue reading →
Harper dictatorship erases memory of the victory over fascism in Europe and instead uses May 9th to pay tribute to the destruction of Afghanistan in a triumphalist ceremony on Parliament Hill.Reject all attempts to memorialize Canada’s criminal role in Afghanistan!
The Soviet Victory Banner is raised over the German Reichstag in Berlin by two Red Army soldiers, April 30, 1945, shortly before the surrender of German forces in the city and the decisive victory over the fascists on May 9, 1945. (RIA Novosti)
Sixty-nine years ago, on May 8 and 9, 1945, with the unconditional surrender of Hitler Germany, Italy having already surrendered, the Second World War in Europe was declared officially over. The anti-fascist forces of the world with the Soviet Union and communists of all lands at the head of the Resistance Movement had won victory over the Hitlerites at a great and incalculable cost to humankind . The defeat of Japanese militarism and the liberation of Asia from this scourge was to take another three months. Over 60 million people lost their lives in the Second World War, including over 28 million in the Soviet Union.
Celebrations broke out all over the world when it became known that fascist Germany, forced to its knees by the Red Army and the troops and resistance fighters of allied countries, acknowledged defeat. Significant celebrations also broke out in Canada on VE Day, to the extent that sailors rioted in Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Continue reading →
Under the pretext of “religious freedom,” religious zealotry runs rampant in the US military, and among those wishing to deploy it
Philip Giraldi (Feb . 12) – THE connection between America’s wars in the Middle East—and its wars more generally—with the more fundamentalist forms of Christianity in the United States is striking. Opinion polls suggest that the more religiously conservative one is, the more one will support overseas wars or even what many might describe as war crimes. Fully 60 per cent of self-described evangelicals supported torturing suspected terrorists in 2009, for example. That is somewhat puzzling, as Christianity is, if anything, a religion of peace that only reluctantly embraced a “just war” concept that was deliberately and cautiously evolved to permit Christians—under very limited circumstances of imminent threat—to fight to defend themselves. Continue reading →
The Harper government’s three “Ds” for the military are now “Deny, Delay, Die” rather than “Defence, Diplomacy and Development,” says a young veteran of the war in Afghanistan. “The Prime Minister claims the opposition to the closures is trouble-making stirred up by ‘unions.’ However, the emcee pointed out that it is the Harper government which is being self-serving. Had it not been for the action of PSAC, veterans and others would have been in the dark and the government would have simply slipped the closures through Parliament without anyone knowing until after the fact.”
TML Daily (Feb. 3) – ON JANUARY 31, thousands of Canadian military veterans, many in their 80s and 90s, from World War II to the present, along with people from all walks of life including many representatives of trade unions, participated in actions at the Veterans Affairs Canada district offices slated for closure that day in eight cities across the country – Kelowna, Saskatoon, Brandon, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Sydney, Charlottetown and Corner Brook. A common demand at the actions was for the immediate resignation of Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino and Prime Minister Harper because of their despicable treatment of veterans. Continue reading →
(January 29, 2009) – With the sixtieth anniversary summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to occur jointly in the French city of Strasbourg and and the German one of Kehl on April 3-4, the world should take note of how far from its original area of operations this, history’s first international military bloc has expanded in the interim since its creation in 1949. Continue reading →
An investigation by American journalist-author NICK TURSE* reveals that the secret military of the United States now operates in over half the nations on the planet, including the United States and Canada. It is expanding rapidly, despite claims aiming to minimize and downplay the extent of its global reach; simultaneously, the promotion of the Obama doctrine of drone warfare is unfettered. This is the reliance of U.S. imperialism on drones to conduct targeted assassinations, coupled with use of black ops (including so-called Information Warfare) to foment civil wars, mayhem and chaos. Politically, this is a desperate hope born out of anarchy that the U.S. can prevail over its rivals, including both competitors amongst the imperialist powers and against developing nations’ intent on making a way for themselves and against the peoples of the world fighting for their right to be. The drone war doctrine gives Obama a new false narrative – that the U.S. is no longer engaged in any wars, and hence its special forces are allegedly being cut back. – TS
Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013
Red:Special Ops Forces deployed in 2013
Blue:Special Ops Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2013.
Purple:Special Ops Forces deployed in 2012
Yellow:Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012.
Tomdispatch(Jan. 7) – “DUDE, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.
More than a month before, I had called US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how many countries were US Special Operations Forces deployed in 2013? Are manpower levels set to expand to 72,000 in 2014? Is SOCOM still aiming for growth rates of 3%-5% per year? How many training exercises did the command carry out in 2013? Basic stuff. Continue reading →