In The Twilight War, historian David Crist unravels “the secret history of America’s 30-year conflict with Iran.” A secret conflict that’s looks certain to become a real war soon. Led by Israel. A war Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff General Walter Natynczyk seems to have been itching for since the announcement of the end of our questionable military involvement in Afghanistan.
Natynczyk revealed his warmongering itch to the Canadian Press on July 7. Disturbingly, the general assigns the itch to the ordinary men and women in uniform:
We have some men and women who have had two, three and four tours and what they’re telling me is ‘Sir, we’ve got that bumper sticker. Can we go somewhere else now?’
You also have the young sailors, soldiers, airmen and women who have just finished basic training and they want to go somewhere and in their minds it was going to be Afghanistan. So if not Afghanistan, where’s it going to be? They all want to serve.
It’s Natynczyk who hungers for a new war. In the same Canadian Press interview, he told his troops to keep their “kit packed up” because “the world is an unpredictable place right now.” And because “our allies want more of Canada, more of the men and women who wear Canadian uniforms.”
But Natynczyk’s warmongering merely echoes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s own lust for war. The Conservative government has made every effort to militarize Canadian society. And our foreign policy. Last year, Canada embraced Britain’s murderous history of colonialism, racism and plunder when the military restored the “Royal” moniker to the navy and air force. All in the name of embracing “our heritage”.
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