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Thursday, 27 April 2006 11:19
Just Deserters: So You Want Out of the Killing Game?

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- C. L. Cook - There's been much written in this country, Canada, about American soldiers seeking refuge from the carnage of the illegal wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, the days of just shelter from the war-mongering madness ascendant and currently masquerading as democracy in the Land of the Free are done in Canada.


Just Deserters:
So You Want Out of the Killing Game?

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
April 27, 2006

So cooked is the quaint concept of conscientious objection without punishment in that pitiful shell of the formerly Great White North, Canada now operates as an idealogical branch plant to the plundering likes of George W. Bush, et al. Beavers eager to please the tyrant, Canada is now sending all manner of refugees packing to face certain futures of dismal penal servitude, and worse. The sycophants on the Rideau even refuse elderly Palestinians sanctuary, choosing instead to return them to the walled refugee prisons of Gaza to suffer the snipers, artillery barrages, and air raids, because Israel is the great friend of its great friend, America.

 But now that Canada has joined the killing spree, who is writing about those Canadian soldiers, inevitably to become as desperate in their desiring of escape from the killing fields as their Yankee cousins? Who in Canada's outrage bereft mass media has ventured to ask:

"Where do Canadians seek asylum?"

'Google' it, (if that company's close company with fascist China permits your conscience) lots of stories about seekers of refuge within Canada's once promised land, and none chronicling those going the other way; but given the icy change in Canada's political wind, that will change.

Canadian soldiers, now openly under American command in Afghanistan (and yet covertly in Iraq) are in like form exacting brutality against the citizenry. They kick in the doors, kidnap fathers, brothers, sons to be delivered into the hell holes of Bagram Air Force base, and God knows what secret satellite prisons. Canadian "special forces" go out on "hunt and destroy" missions, assassinating "suspected militants," and the Devil take the bystanders.

The Canadian public is daily subject to State/corporate propaganda extolling the virtue of "our" assassins in uniform, while those with the temerity to exercise Charter Rights and object to the growing calamity are not so subtly charged with "aiding the enemy" with our doubts; by bringing comfort to the "scumbags" of Afghanistan, as General Rick Hillier would have the people Canada's there to "help" characterized, in their questioning of the wisdom of, and moral justifications offered by, the leaders of the mission.

'The Mission'

That, for the State media, the C.B.C., has become the unofficial logo for Canada's Afghanistan misadventure. Better brand it that than 'Operation Enduring Freedom,' as America has it. Their self-adoring  blow-hard, Rex Murphy, Newfoundland's own war gnome, while breathlessly chastising his smaller-headed countrymen and women their inability to grasp the vital necessity for Canadian blood spilt in far off lands for the furtherance of ... "What was it for again, Rex?" ... the udder day, found a remnant of doubt in his maritime soul to question the new uber Defence Minister, Gordie O'Connor's edict that the press be banned the sombre witness of the war dead returning.

And yet Rex still intones, granted the eloquence only an outdated thesaurus could provide, the same tired rhetoric that not so long past emanated the simian lip of George of the South. Rex has sallied forth, undeterred by events, assailing us as though we'd all been as somnambulant as he in the study of recent history.

South o' the Border

To Americans, South of the Border means Mexico, a place where desperados have a faint hope of escaping American justice. There is no South of the Border freedom for Canada: Only America. North of the Border once meant a faint hope of freedom for Americans: There is no North of the Border for Canada. Caught between the frozen wastes and fascism's hell fire, Canadians have nowhere to run when home is not asylum.

So, where will our just deserters turn? Any fulminations on that, Rex?

Chris Cook
is a contributing editor to PEJ News, and hosts the weekly public affairs program, Gorilla Radio. He can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it You can check out the GR Blog here.

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