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Sunday, 06 August 2006 07:00
Queer Birds Off My Balcony: F*ck the Snowbirds

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - So, it's begun. The promised display of Canada's killing acumen in the form of an aerial performance of the Canadian military's "ambassadors," the 'Snowbirds' is underway as I write. What I'd like to ask the doubtless thousands congregated beneath this is: "Do you favour the efforts these "birds" represent?"


Queer Birds Off My Balcony:
F*ck the Snowbirds

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
August 6, 2006

God, forgive me; but, I have to look. It's beautiful, and exciting. The ancient jet trainers, currently scaring the real birds out of the sky, move with roaring precision, flying feet apart, loop the looping, etc. It really is amazing. And, the din!

The neighbours are all a-balconied, gape-mouthed as me watching the choreography of nine aircraft, flying formation, then splitting off in a bedazzling confusion of speed and noise. It doesn't require a lot of imagination to wonder what havoc these men and their albeit time-worn machines could wreak if armed.

Standing in an apartment building, not unlike those in Beiruit, the pictures of whose destruction are available, it's marvelous to see these craft, the epitome of Western art and science, scream merely hundreds of feet above. The Chinese immigrant couple a floor below are out too. I've no idea if they've an idea of what this is all about, but Mom cradles baby on the bannister, pointing to the red and white emblems of this nation's destructive capabilities, cooing; " Ooh ooh!" as the horrors sail by.

Of course, the denizens of Lebanon and Palestine are not suffered the second-rate mechanics of the ancient trainer jets, they get to witness the real McCoy; those lucky dogs, or crocodiles as some Zionists would have, get to see the latest in aviation weaponry, and they ARE armed. What, I wonder, does that display mean to they?

I recall a summer's barbecue at a friend's house a number of years back, the last time I witnessed the Snowbirds' martial celebration. There and then, I despoiled the good folk's enjoyment, begging they imagine bombs and bullets falling from  those graceful machines upon they and their children's heads, as is the case in Palestine and Lebanon, and Iraq, and Afghanistan: Party pooper me.

Peace at last!

The f*cking Snowbirds are finished here for the day; winging back no doubt to refill their gas tanks. The birds are beginning to come back out, the dogs ceasing their barkings against this obnoxious intrusion, and the neighbours retreated from their sunny balconies to cooler climes. But, the airshows in those far-flung places "your" government supports continue.

That that shocked the world a half-century ago, manifest as the destruction of the Basque town of Guernica in Spain seems now to barely bother the public conscience. That these monstrous machines are employed the world over to kill and maim uncounted thousands hardly registers. But, make no mistake; these air shows are an integral component of a State propoganda campaign designed to bring you and your tax dollars around to supporting an abortion of justice.

So, again Canada I ask: Do you support this?

If so, f*ck you and the Snowbirds. If not, please act now to stop this burgeoning insanity.

Chris Cook
is a contributing editor to PEJ News, and host of Gorilla Radio, broad/'webcast from CFUV Radio. You can check out the GR Blog here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 August 2006 07:00

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