Canada, Afghanistan and the 9/11 truth movement
I have recently come under fire for my lack of support for our Canadian troops in Afghanistan and I feel I am now forced to defend my stance on why Canada has no moral right to be sending our young people to fight, kill and be killed in Afghanistan. On Oct. 7, 2001 Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced that Canada would be sending troops to Afghanistan in aid of the U.S. sponsored “war on terror” after the Sept. 11 2001 atrocity of the world trade center in NYC.
At that time Canada was already heavily involved in NATO and U.N. military actions that were taking place in Bosnia and Africa. The 1,653 Canadian troops deployed in Bosnia as part of a NATO “stabilization force” was more in keeping with Canada’s traditional military role of being well respected peace keepers, as opposed to an American imperialist invasion force which for the most part Canada had taken great pains to not be perceived as.
The justification for the invasion of Afghanistan came as a result of U.S. President George Bush demanding that the Taliban (at the time the government of Afghanistan) hand over Osama bin Laden, the head of the al Qaeda terrorist organization. In fact Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were being blamed for the attack on the WTC by the American media moments after the attack began. And before the towers even fell !
I do not intend to go into great detail here why it has become very suspect that 9/11 was in fact not the work of Osama Bin Laden or Al Qaeda. There is a very large and growing body of evidence that the true facts surrounding 9/11 have been covered up by the U.S. government and calls by the families of victims of 9/11 (both Canadian and U.S. families) have been ignored. There are gaping holes in the 9/11 report that was presented to U.S. congress and there are many documentaries and web sites that lay out these arguments in much better detail than I can go into here. A very good and balanced story that takes both sides of the 9/11 truth movement into account was done by the CBC show The Fifth Estate on Nov, 27 2009 and can be viewed on line.
So what were and are our goals in Afghanistan that justifies so many Canadian soldiers being sent home in a box? In 2001 Prime Minister Chretien and defense Minister Art Eggleton stated that the goal was find Osama bin Laden and other high-ranking Al-Qaeda members to be put on trial, to destroy Al Qaeda’s ability to commit terrorist acts and to remove the Taliban government from power as they had given safe harbor to terrorists and were committing atrocities on their own people.
Let’s look at this then, after almost nine years of war Osama has never been caught, even though there is clear evidence that he could have been and the U.S. government did not act on it or even stopped this from happening. As for high ranking Al Qaeda members, most have been out right murdered with great collateral damage to civilians or imprisoned in American jails on foreign soil where they have received no rights under the law or even a legal trial. As for removing the Taliban government, they were ousted from power within the first 30 days of the war. When in power, the Taliban had successfully put a stop to the growing of the opium poppy, while under the U.S. installed government of Hamid Karzai opium production has increased greatly over older levels with the admitted help of U.S. forces. (Source: New York times Date : 10 April 2004) As for atrocities committed by the Taliban under Muslim Shariah law they pale in comparison to the acts of war committed by our soldiers on innocent civilians in Afghanistan. In fact web site Youtube is full of video clips from Afghanistan and Iraq such as Canadian soldiers blowing holes in the walls of a house full of women and children to gain access to the house next door, British soldiers beating a group of children for throwing a rock and even an American GI throwing a puppy off a cliff to its death. The whistleblower web site wiki leaks was charged for releasing a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. On purpose.
That’s just a small sample of video from the net, we can only assume there is much more going on that goes unreported and not on video. Now I’m not saying that all of our Canadian soldiers are monsters or committing heinous acts, I’m sure most of our armed forces conduct themselves with honor in a respectful manner. But why are they even put in a position where they have to police people for a foreign government?
Recently in parliament the official opposition party asked the Harper government for information about Canadian forces handing over prisoners to the Afghan government while knowing full well those prisoners would be tortured and killed. The government refused the request and side stepped the law by proroguing the house. If the government is hiding this from the Canadian people what else are our troops doing that the government do not want us to know about?
This war and the conduct of our troops cannot be compared to past conflicts such as WWII. What this war really means to Canadians is yet another example of the fact that Steven Harper and our government is taking its orders from not from the Canadian people but from a corporate controlled world government under the evil direction of un-named, un-elected global bankers operating under the U.N. flag. (Where do you think those blue helmets come from?) What’s the next move for Canadian troops? How would you feel about them going to Europe to quell the kind of riots like the ones going on now in Greece? How many of these Canadian soldiers have come back from Afghanistan to pepper spray your kids at this year’s G-20 conference in June?
Wake up people we did not go to Afghanistan to help those people, we went there to kill them on the orders of people you did not vote for or would want to know.
Think about it this way, we are over there shooting at people who 15 years ago we were giving weapons to, so they could kill people the Russians conscripted to die there. Now the Chinese are giving them guns to kill us. Does any of this make sense to you?
Lawrence McCurry – May 8, 2010
At the time of writing this article 143 Canadians have died in Afghanistan since 2002
Here are some very good links about the war
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
WSWS.org A very good article
CBC – Fifth Estate
Above Top Secret .com
A good article by Jeffery Simpson of the Globe & Mail
The latest Canadian to die, lets make him the last