As a devout and impartial Canadian, I (along with many others I'm sure) have some bones to pick with the unfolding of events in recent months. What remained for a long time semi-political thoughts about the war on terrorism kept to myself and only revealed to friends at parties where my inebriation muddled the message somewhat, have abruptly become up-front personal views that I would not hesitate to discuss at any moment.
The turning point from grassroots rambler to grassroots politico came one day at the office as I read the daily news from www.pulse24.com.. I need my news live and late breaking. One (or two - like it matters) US laser-guided bombs found their way to a squad of Canadian troops in Afghanistan killing 4 and injuring several during a training exercise. Now, I won't even begin to go into how stupid I think the whole military exercise in Afghanistan is. Okay I will.
Now, you've probably heard this time and time again, but it remains a fact that the war on 'terrorism' is flawed in at least two respects: one, in that 'terrorism' does not occupy a set geographical land mass with which to be readily bombable (the Onion has a great article on this) thus disabling the US from doing just about anything to it except to acknowledge that it will be around for a long long time, and two; in that the war is being waged on a very loose interpretation of 'terrorism'. I point the learned readership to a talk by Noam Chomsky on the whole topic because he will be better able to give a background on that than I ever will. There is arguably a third flaw - that war is stupid - but I am willing to discount this since, although stupid, war and violence as a whole is regrettably effective.
Not to cherrypick, but it seems that the United States has more proverbial fingers in more proverbial pies than it knows what to do with.
The whole issue of them funding the same group of Afghani fighters fighting against Russia at the time that turned around and blew up in their face is just one of many blunders their foreign policy has committed. This coupled with the fact they didn't provide evidence of Bin Laden's direct involvement before condemning him and, vicariously, the poverty-stricken nation he occupied at the time, and also oppose such apparently normal and common-sensical things like the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Landmines as well as the International Criminal Court (Michael Byers, Globe and Mail, April 18th, 2002, p.A13 - web version of article can be found here) doesn't exactly give them much credibility in the eyes of the world when they leap forth and proclaim they fight for freedom and won't take no crap from nobody.
I, for one, never really elected the United States to be my defender. In fact in the face of terrorism, all their military might is really good for is not to protect against attack, but rather to exact blind, vengeful acts on a populace which doesn't deserve anymore than what they've already been through. The same Globe article mentioned above talks about a proposed 'Northern Command' that would put our nonexistent forces under the command of General Yankee Tankenheimer. I really hope this doesn't come into effect, at least not without some serious conditions and/or exceptions, as there are far too many differences in our countries' respective foreign affairs and domestic public attitudes for one to literally be 'burdened' with the other: if the States want to shoot up the world, I wouldn't want Canada to have to tag along like an unwilling younger sibling. Likewise, I wouldn't want to be accused of hindering a superpower in its pursuit of 'Enduring Freedom'. Although I have been labelled thick-skinned, I don't think I'd be able to withstand sniper fire from unidentified gunmen sent to shut me up.
All I have left to say on the topic is that the US is getting too involved in everything and pissing too many people off. How long can Canada withstand being its top trade partner and not start to draw attention to itself?
The reverend lives an impoverished life in London, England and is currently looking for a cave to protect his white ass from doomsday. Hell - it's working for al-Qaeda.
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Bless thee, my brethren, for such an honest brainfart. I have no beef or lamb with Americans in general, just their government. As to my opinion being simple and cowardly, countless tough guy fight movies have told me that the guy holding the gun is always the "yella" one. Anyhoo the main point is that we are both well distant from where the main killing is so neither of us can really claim to be less cowardly. Amen.
Do you have anything better to do than sitt on your ass complaning about what Bush has done for the country?
While I seriously doubt ANY politician has done more for his/her country than he/she has to harm it (in Bush's case, setting half a world against him and making the UN seem completely helpless before his cowboy justice), I am earnestly debating the tree-fucking part.. Do you think the sap would make a good lubricant? And should I wait til summer when the bark is a little warmer?
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As a displeased with Bush American, I agree whole-heartedly with you. As for the tree fucking, I suggest bearing grease or petrolium jelly, and do it in the summer because you don't want your naked ass out in the winter.
I really enjoyed when Pat (Der Fuhr) Butcannon said all that shit about us on his god-damn show. Where do these republican fuckers come from? Are they born on dog doo doo? I thank god i live in Canada, where people are slightly less evil than some of those republican shits that live on the other side of the border.
"The Globe"? Noam Chomsky? How do you do it? National Review's cover story, "WHIMPS", on the other hand: I'll never look at curling the same.
This shit is good - makes me wanna shoot Ricky Martin and write another CoN article! Word to la raza for keeping the struggle alive. The nature of said struggle is somehwat hazy but the idea is benevolent.
It is ridiculous for you idiots to say that all Republicans are "Pat Robertsons". None of you know what the fuck you are talking about and I find this armchair geopolitical theorizing frightening in its baseless stupidity. I am not a republican but I know many and VERY few of them agree with anything Pat Robertson has to say. Also, I am wondering why it is ok for liberal politicians to claim their so called "allegiance" to God and that is fine? All of you are so full of hypocracy its driving me fucking crazy.
I am a liberal, but when I read shit like this it makes me sad that I have to explain your polarizing and juvenile attitudes to many rational conservative friends. In other words, jackasses like you people make it hard for me to make any good liberal argument. Also, Chomsky is a hack. He lies as readily as Hitler and it is a shame that intellegent people even consider anything that baffoon has to say. Maybe this rant is unneccesary, but quite frankly I am getting very tired of the ridiculous ideas that are coming from my side of the field. It's shameful. No wonder Hitchens left THE NATION.
God the hippy stank around here is atrocious.
Excellent summary of the adminsitration's lies!
By the way, noticing that someone is constantly lying to you doesn't make you a hippie. It makes you intelligent.
I am not.
George W. Bush President, and regular CoN reader
PS: Keep up the great work Leo!
I bet if everyone got stoned all of these problems would go away huh?
"I bet if everyone got stoned all of these problems would go away huh?"
Gee, you sound like a wife-beating, liquor drinkin', gun toting, frustrated Texan.
than a dumb hippy.
You might be misleading yourself, righteous Texan-sounding prick.
Dirty hippies and wife-beating Texans all cohabit the same shitpile. Best you learned how to get along with your neighbour, what?
Give me one good reason.
we give you the best price on your weed. I seen you buyin from those gangsta dudes on 4th and main. they mix too much crack in there man we give you the real shit.
your mom says hi by the way
Any president/leader would take the steps that Bush did and is doing. I am scared to think what some dictator would have done if his country was attacked in the same fashion the US was in 9/11.
Of course, US having the might that it has does not stop it from throwing around its weight in other areas in the world. But i personally think Bush is on a high after disbanding most of the Taliban and hence is after the othe evils in the world.
I also believe this will backfire very very badly in the years/decades to come.
I dont think badly of Bush, nor do i approve of some of his statements/actions (which are mostly driven by other interests).
Just dumb hippies do. There are a variety of reasons that some day I will be compelled to list. But the main reason is that they really have no understanding of human nature and believe that trolls such as Noam Chomsky or Norman Mailer are relevant to society at large... which of course they aren't. Basically if you took an honest poll you would find that most leftist are bored and pampered upper middle class that were and are deceived by other bored and pampered university scholars whom have had little interaction with the "suffering masses" except through old, dusty, and outdated books on social sciences.
Well its one thing to say Noam Chomsky has never been to a battlefield or "hung out" with opressed masses, but I never realized you had to just to voice an opinion on someone who is indeed being swayed by the money that put him in power. Sure some pocket of Texans scattered around the state may be fine upstanding citizens, some may be hippies, big deal. I'm not talking to or about them. In the same way you are reacting to the article and subsequent discussion, I have voiced one side of an argument. It just so happens I chose not to say what a stand up job Bush is doing elsewhere because any government (to my knowledge) always does something to further a second agenda that we never get to hear about unless we dig for it. Reporters ask Bush anything but direct questions and he gives us anything but filtered answers. Its the same for Chretien, Milosevic, and I'm very sure, Saddam.
Its funny - if I'd written an article covering both good and bad aspects of the Bush administration (and past ones), we wouldn't have this pretty line of dialogue, now would we? The point is to get people like you off your asses and start discussing shit instead of just saying "well he's ok I guess I dunno".
I guess this is what happens when the only options for president were Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Get yourselves a good leader and a system that won't break him into an industry's-ass kissing, babbling moron and maybe I'll shut up. We're trying in Canada, believe me :p
The American Government will bring forth a new world order .....why does the world think it is only America .... all the governments FEAR God. Bush is only showing us a glimps of a new world order that the American people may never understand untill its too late. So be prepared to know your childrens children will begain to live in a hell that we will never see. Remember God wont do anything cause man wanted to live without listening to him...he wont cause he WANTS his world back and that day will come when we betray him and worship another....Then God will send his soldiers cause our Governments are ripping the earth apart for this new world order.
Man, on one hand you have these wiccan types that hate Bush for being too christian and on the other hand you have these christian types that think he is the anti-christ.
when are you people going to catch on and realize that it has been Leo all along? And he isn't even ready to start the apocolypse yet - too busy surfing anime porn.
You need to watch more Andy Griffith, And not be so bitter at your mother for raising you French. You may think you are Canadian, but you are deep down an Anal Frenchman with some deep politcal squirrely issues, that with much therapy and an American History Lesson say from 1768 to about 1776 you hopefully will be able to see the light.
This coming from a place where half your territories were bought from the French (pardon me - the "Freedom"), and the other half "borrowed" from natives? Join the club, here's your membership. Trust me, buddy, we're all descendants of thieves and slavemongers and the sooner we all cool down and accept that you're an idiot, the better.
Besides blaming the Freedom didn't work for us, why would it work for you?
>American History Lesson say from
>1768 to about 1776 you hopefully >will be able to see the light.
Oh you mean the part about trading blankets infected with small pox, or the "manifest destiny" lesson about how to justify genocide?
Or was it the bit about repaying land deals with rape and butchery?
OH I KNOW: how to say "All men are created equal" and not include anyone but upperclass white male land owners with the right religious proclivities?
SO MANY LESSONS, so few bullets!
So Copulate with Democracy thinks Chomsky is a hack. Who would have thought present day Americans like yourself exist. You know, uneducated, ignorant, and uncultured. If you are so aware, why not go discuss your issues with those who are educated enough. Must be scared...
Now sure I'm not the best person to be saying this, but can't we all just get along?
I highly doubt that a few people who ahte bush are going to make him tremble in his shoes. He is the leader of the most powerful nation in the world afterall.
If you dislike Bush, suck it up and next term vote Democrat! I wish I could vote, but I'm still not old enough ::sigh::
As any red blooded Americans have come to realize, french people don't like us much. We are over-Americanatizing(yeah, I know I can't spell) their little gay ass country. Well so what, everything here is commericialized as well. That is a negative result of free market, free trade. Your people want American products and services even when your politicians don't.
As for Canada, I love Jim Carrey(who openly supported Bush and the War on The Tonight show with Jay Leno), I love The Bare Naked Ladies, Alanis Morriset is cool, and even little Micheal J Fox. Your country however is kind of a joke, I mean you got to admit. I'm sure its beautiful and nice and big and whatever, but who would be scared to take on Canada? Oh no, I am not only refering to combat as a evil American would, I'm taking about anything. Well, maybe hockey would be a challenge, but we even have people for that. You gave us Tom Green, and your people have heads that come apart when you speak (South Park reference). I think you Canadians hate that we are the shit and you don't have much going on. I mean you have a strong Auto industry, wait no, well you do have the most money, no, the most people, no, you have a huge international influence, no still not you, oh I know you have this communist healthcare system that people can't wait to get their inexepensive perscriptions filled after they are two months dead already because the wait to see the free doctor. And the best part is they are robbing your check for more than you would likely pay with a regular HMO. Dumbass Canadians.
I thought impartial meant you don't think/say squatt about a given topic. As for CowBoy George... yes he is at fault.. at fault for havin the ballz to do something about people like Saddam and others. The UN?.. a League of Thugs.. nothing more. Think of a country that SHOULDN'T be a member of the UN and they are.. Iraq.. Iran.. Afghanistan... China.. Cuba... every bastard nation that should be wiped off the planet, or at least have a giant wall put around them so they can only do damage to themselves, are members of the beloved UN. France?.. Cheese-eating Surrender monkeys. You don't think they have alterior motives? France has ties to the oil production in the middle east even more than the US does. They're afraid that they'll loose their control. Russia (they were opposed as well) anyone paid attention to them lately?.. Granted they are busy right now putting communist minded people into power in other countries. When will the world wake up and smell the napalm. The radical islamic nation must be removed once and for all.
BTW.. I'm another one of those "impartial" Canadians who sees more than the trees in the forest, for it is thick with cowardice islamic radicals.
Well, it's been a fun ride everyone. Thanks to one little article, written by a sometimes-contradictory persona, we've had all sorts of comments: from blind support, to blind hatin', to those of you who just laid out everything that's wrong with the human race just by tapping your keyboards with your selectively self-righteous hand-penises. I have no more love/hate for my supporters than for my detractors - and this could be an article in it's own right (what do you say, Leo?), but let me just say the following:
Why is it one has to be a hippy when crying NIMBY? Same would go for any Republican candidate not publicly bad-mouthing gays (for votes) but then not doing much about addressing that sector's concerns once in office. I also love how both sides of the debate automatically invoked religion - I don't think I ever mentioned a deity once (this time, except when referring to myself). You got an opinion, and in reading this magazine, you accept that you will not always like what you read. So why get all worked up when you find out I just gave your mom multiple orgasms? I mean we all watch South Park and 'get' the satire, right? That's already miles ahead of closed-minders on both sides of our French-tinged border (Yea that's right, the Mississipi delta in your country is so water-logged with "dirty" French not even Canadians want to vacation there!).
Granted, politics will give us much fodder into the future that I don't have to worry about responding to any of this when I could just move on to the next hot topic, but I'm married now and my opinion counts for two (or half, you decide). But to quote a Guy Ritchie film, "it's been ... emotional".
So pray to whatever God you believe in, because 2012 is coming.
Closely followed by 2013.
PS Chomsky might be a hack, but he happened to sum something up quite nicely at a time I was too lazy to go do the research myself :)
From those early days at Passport, to where the world has taken you now, hearing the Gospel according to Martinez is always a welcomed opportunity.