Puppet strings showing

By Orland Kennedy

Published on April 14, 2017

In what can only be understood as an act of war, the Americans have attacked an airbase in Syria.

Except for purely defensive purposes, any military action against another country is illegal unless sanctioned by the United Nations. Since there is no way that Syria could pose a direct threat to the United States, there can be no legal basis for this attack on a sovereign nation.

The Americans justified their action on the use of poison gas on civilians, an act formally recognized as a crime against humanity. That they immediately blamed the Syrian government of this act, without any proof, follows a similar incident in 2013 that was later credited to rebel forces. This time they didn’t plan to have their opportunity lost to the truth.

Initially, our prime minister suggested that more information was needed before blame could reasonably be attributed. After the attack by the Americans, he quickly changed his tune and came out in strong support of the action. In a televised news conference the puppet strings attached to Mr. Trudeau were entirely visible. The American puppet-master was in complete control.

The first time I heard Canada described as a puppet of the U.S. I was shocked and angry. After just a bit of reflection I came to understand that this was indeed the case. Perhaps the best demonstration of this fact was the Diefenbaker government’s cancellation of the Avro Arrow program.

The Avro was by far the best military aircraft in the world and was virtually ready for mass production. After a visit from Secretary of State Dulles, Mr. Diefenbaker quickly shut down the entire Avro project, at the cost of thousands of high paying Canadian jobs. The Americans would permit no competition for their aircraft industry.

By far the worst case of answering the puppeteer’s orders was our involvement in the destruction of Libya. The Harper government even bragged about Canada’s leadership role in this action against a sovereign government. This was Canada’s most shameful act and cost us much international respect.

The American attack on Syria was an act of war. Unless some reciprocal action is taken by, or on behalf of, Syria, this action is likely to be repeated. The Syrians may require Russian assistance in their response. That can easily lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and America.

Before Canada is used to start a much more dangerous escalation of this conflict, we should cut the puppet strings and take a moral stand against further military intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations.  

Orland Kennedy lives in Brookfield.