Thursday, August 16, 2007

Canadians' Foreign Policy

Dubbed “The most courageous woman in Afghanistan” by the international press, Ms. Malalai Joya is a heroine to many people in Afghanistan, because of her courage in speaking for the Afghanistan peoples, both men and women of Afghanistan. Ms. Joya, who has lived in constant fear for her life, was removed from Parliament and is currently not allowed to leave the country.
Canada's Role in Afghanistan (2006)

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Mr. Speaker, New Democrats stand in opposition to this government’s plans to lock our country into a long-term war-fighting role in Afghanistan, a role that does not properly reflect the principles and ideals of the people of a respected peacekeeping nation…Our foreign policy must reflect the reality that we are a country renowned for our pursuit of peace, we are a nation of facilitators not occupiers, we are a people committed to the ideals of building bridges not burning them, we must not allow that legacy of good work to falter in the growing shadow of the Bush Administration’s Operation Enduring Freedom…(W)hat the government is asking for is not an extension, but the commitment to a new mission that will engage our country until the end of this decade…(T)he government has tied war-making and aid together in this motion and we oppose that…We must also bear in mind that because of the unilateral decisions of this Prime Minister and the Liberals before him, Canada has been rendered incapable of further serious contributions in the world…(The Liberal/Conservative government) has refused to answer the questions we have asked: What is the effective command and control structure? What are the goals and objectives of this mission and how do they meet Canada's foreign policy objectives? What is the definition of success for this mission? And what is our exit strategy?...Canadians deserve the answers…Canadians will not be blinded, we will not be bullied into accepting the unacceptable…(The) Prime Minister has proclaimed in no uncertain terms that if you question the mission, you are against our troop…(a borrowed Empire’s sloganeering)…It is the duty of every member of this House to ask the tough questions, and it is the duty of the government to answer them…This government does not seek a debate but rather a rubber stamp from this house to commit the Canadian Forces to a new mission…Let our country set the standard, let Canada lead not follow, let us forge our own path in the world, a path that builds upon our strengths and reflects globally the values and principles of the pursuit of peace that define us nationally.


No Clear Plan & No Exit Strategy

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Millions of everyday Canadians are increasingly concerned about Canada’s combat role in southern Afghanistan. In Parliament, only the NDP is calling to pull our troops out…(T)he best way to support (our men and women in the military) is to redirect their efforts to the humanitarian and reconstruction challenges facing the people of Afghanistan…This is the wrong mission for Canada…(W)ith no clear goals or exit strategy, Stephen Harper is pumping 90 cents of every mission dollar into seek-and-kill combat — and just 10 cents into aid and reconstruction.

We're not alone. Across Europe, other NATO partners are refusing to commit troops to the counter-insurgency in southern Afghanistan. Unlike Stephen Harper, their leaders won’t let George Bush set their foreign policy.

Conditions are deteriorating. Many Canadians are questioning whether life’s really getting better for ordinary Afghans in the Kandahar region. Increasingly, Canadian aid workers confirm that life is harder and more dangerous than ever for civilians.

It’s a humanitarian and security quagmire. Thousands of families have already been displaced by fierce combat, forced into makeshift refugee camps with little food, shelter or medicine. These deplorable conditions now fuel the same insurgency that NATO is fighting—a deadly cycle for Afghan civilians and Canadian troops.

NDP: Develop an independent foreign policy — starting in Afghanistan.

  • Support our troops by pulling them out of a combat mission in southern Afghanistan that’s making conditions worse.
  • Lead the drive for a political solution to bring peace to the region, working with NATO partners, including those concerned about the current mission.
  • Establish a new Canadian role in Afghanistan, a balanced role whose priorities are security, aid, and reconstruction.


Canada Must Immediately Withdraw from Afghanistan (2007)

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The NDP is demanding an immediate safe and secure withdraw of all Canadian combat troops from the Southern Afghanistan region…The best way to show (troop) support is to make sure they have a clear mission that corresponds with Canadian values, that Canadians understand and support…If the mission is wrong, why are they asking our brave men and women to participate in it two more years,” asked Black.


Afghanistan War Plans

"In politics, nothing happens by accident.

If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Excerpted From: What Really Happened (9-11)

  • [MSNBC] (Video) (May 16, 2002) Jim Miklaszewski and Alex Johnson: On Bush's desk on 9/9/2001: President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News. ... The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
  • NewsInsight: (26 June 2001): India and Iran will "facilitate" US and Russian plans for "limited military action" against the Taliban if the contemplated tough new economic sanctions don't bend Afghanistan's fundamentalist regime.
  • [Guardian] Michael Meacher MP Former Environment Minister (Times, July 17 2002). "To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11." (Tony Blair).

From: Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Advisor. Intelligence Roles for Presidents Reagan and Bush I. Cofounder of the Trilateral Commission. Author “The Grand Chessboard” (1997): American Primacy & Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Ch. 1: The Short Road to Global Supremacy: Key to America’s control of the world in the 21st C is the control of Eurasia. “A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions and… About three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (And in Chapter 2) “Without an attack on the order of Pearl Harbor or without a direct external threat there was no way the American people would support the imperial mobilization necessary to control Central Asia.


From: Barrie Zwicker, Media Critic Vision TV, CTV, and CBC. Movie “The Great Conspiracy-The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw”Author “Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9-11”, which lists18 False-Flag Operations, Ch. 7 (speaking about 9-11) --“The most brazen, war-triggering, false-flag operation to date in history and the lynch-pin for the so-called “war on terrorism”, no end date given. So this is a rolling fear campaign designed to silence people, maintain and expand the powers of the oligarchy, and fund an obscene and growing militarism.

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