Canada, Anyone?


We’ve been away for a few days to Canada. Not too far, just a couple of hundred miles across the border into Ontario. It was our first time in Canada. Initially, I was disappointed. I suppose, with it being a Commonwealth country, I expected it to be a rather larger version of England. Sadly, it had far more in common with the United States. With hindsight, and as my wife pointed out, it was naive to expect anything else. After all, the two are neighbors and Europe is half a world away.

There were some differences, though. At least they call motor fuel, ‘petrol’, and not, ‘gas’. After all, in the US gas can be something you put in your car, use to fire up the barbecue, or expel from one’s ass – or, one’s ass’s ass, for that matter. It can still be somewhat confusing, even after ten years in this country.

The Canadian news program is different also. More news, less brainwash. Now that’s definitely more British. The program covered a lot more world news than one gets from the US media, and they were quite extensive in their coverage of the Colorado wildfires and tornado damage in the US mid-West. I thought that was rather nice. When was the last time you heard the word, ‘Canada’, issue from the lips of Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, or Diane Sawyer – unless it was to do with an oil pipeline?

We arrived home this evening, just in time to learn from NBC that our dear leader-president Obama has decided to intervene in Syria. Presumably, he’s taken time out from his secret meetings with corporate bodies, selling out the American people under the guise of the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership, to take another step towards US domination of the Middle East on behalf of Israel, by once again committing the US to interference in the affairs of another country.

The excuse, this time, is the Syrian regime’s supposed use of chemical weapons. Interestingly, only last month the United Nations reported that chemical weapons had been used by the opposition rebels in Syria, not by the regime.[1]

Suddenly, the US government has strong evidence Assad has crossed the dear leader-president’s ‘red-line’, making it necessary for him to take sides. Like he hadn’t already done so months ago.

Perhaps the US people, even the world, ought to consider the outcome of more US intervention (and, so far as Middle Eastern nations are concerned, US intervention means Western intervention) in that region.

Surely, first and foremost, it is the responsibility of governments to keep their own people safe. The effect of Western intervention in Syria will bring every hothead Islamic terrorist out of the woodwork. Dear leader-president Obama, along with dear leader-prime minister Cameron, and others happy to lick the US bootstraps in return for favors undisclosed (check out ex-British prime minister Tony Blair’s rewards for ‘services rendered’, if in any doubt) is acting with gross irresponsibility towards those he’s supposed to serve by even the suggestion of support for the Syrian rebels, who are, incidentally, made up of many factions, including al Qaeda and other crazed Islamic extremists.

Most of the US news tonight centered around the catastrophic events occurring throughout areas of America due to severe climatic conditions. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans are losing their homes, all they possess, due to fire, flood, tornadoes, or some other major atmospheric upheaval.

Where is dear leader-president Obama’s concern for his own people? Has he done anything to stop this meteorological ravaging of citizens in his own country? Everyone in their right mind knows the extreme weather patterns are due to man-made global climate change, yet all dear leader-president wants is to engage in another war in the Middle East.

Of course, it’s unthinkable that it may all be part of the great master plan. Despite all the silly bell ringing and emotive ceremony that accompanies the anniversary of 9/11 each year, the event is well forgotten. The American people, like all others everywhere, get on with their lives. Perhaps we should remember 9/11 a little more carefully. One thing we should all remember is a certain sentence from a document compiled by a supposedly now defunct organization – the PNAC.

…the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor”.[2]

That statement, and its accompanying dossier on the future of United States military interventionism, was written exactly one year prior to the attacks of 9/11/2001.

Is the PNAC defunct? Maybe. But those responsible for compiling that report – for writing that sentence – are still very much alive and functioning, albeit somewhat less prominently.

There can be no doubt they held considerable influence in the administration of George W Bush. The unanswered question is how much influence they still wield in the circles of the present administration?

My guess is, quite a lot. Dear leader-president Obama, he of the glib tongue and a thousand broken election promises, seems determined to steer the exact same course as laid down by the PNAC nearly thirteen years ago.

My other guess is that this country, in its determined quest for world domination, is eventually going to drag us all into a global conflict of catastrophic proportions.

Maybe we should all consider moving to Canada, because the one factor obvious from my four days in that country was that sanity reigns a little more prominently there than it does in the United States of America.

[1] “U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator” Reuters, May 5th 2013

[2] “A Report of The Project for the New American Century September 2000”

4 Replies to “Canada, Anyone?”

  1. Getting into Canada is extraordinarily difficult now, RJA. Many of my USian friends have tried and failed. Seniors don’t have a a chance. Under 50 maybe, my Oklahoman friends just made it under the wire and even then it was 8 years for citizenship (and health care).

    We are suffering terribly under Harper, a better looking Bush the Lesser. Extreme right, tar sands fan and overseer in chief.

    Obama is just a puppet. All palaver, no action and certainly complete disregard for the homeless peons.


  2. WWW – ah, alas! I found this out some years ago when I did some tentative research on the subject. I’d hoped being a British citizen would help, but soon found out it made no difference.
    Harper was on the news while we were there last week. Acting the fool like some big kid, which is, after all, what these so-called ‘leaders’ are. Cossetted from the breast and never lacking for anything, except a decent bit of parental discipline and a harsh dose of real life.

  3. I’ve resigned myself o the idea that I shall have to “go down with the ship” here in the USA.

    I was interested to read your impression of Canada – at least, that part you visited. Husband spent quite a bit of time there, before we met, and always enjoyed the experience. I’ve been curious enough to wonder about a road trip straight north and over the border, but it seemed like too far to go, through a whole lot of similar terrain, for too little reward in the end. So we shelved the idea.

    You know my view of O already, RJ. I shall try to remain classy and leave it at that. 😉

  4. Twilight – I fear that I, too, will have to go down with the leaky and worm-ridden old tub that is today’s USA. As WWW pointed out, Canada is not an option. We are too old to be of use to the Canadian economy. Even being members of the Commonwealth won’t save us, I fear.
    As to travelling all the way from OK, I really wouldn’t bother unless you have the time and inclination to spend weeks touring all over Canada. We drove 360 miles to reach our destination (Sudbury), and it was one of the most boring routes I’ve ever encountered (though the drive from Marquette to Saulte Ste Marie (the border crossing) was by far the worst. Canada appears not to have an interstate system like America, or Britain. At least, not in the part we encountered. I anticipated the ‘Trans-Canada Highway’ (17) as at least dual carriageway. Most of it was only single lane with the occasional passing places. Full of heavy goods vehicles, and a speed limit of 90kph (55mph), it really wasn’t pleasant driving even though the scenery was nice, and in places reminded me of the Cheshire countryside.
    I do know your view of “O”, Twilight, and might I say you’re always, always, classy.

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