In 1983, the United States invaded the tiny island nation of Grenada under the guise of a request for intervention by the Organization of American States. In reality the action was more the result of then President Ronald Regan’s belief that the American people needed a victory to restore American morale after Viet Nam.
Originally a British colony, Grenada gained its independence in 1974. Five years later, The New Jewel Movement seized power in a coup in 1979. The NJW was an extreme leftist/communist party which was itself overthrown by a military coup and that triggered the request by the OAS and provided Regan with his opportunity for an easy victory which triggered the American invasion.
The American incursion into Grenada was quite popular in the United States. Clint Eastwood even made a movie about it (Heartbreak Ridge) but the invasion was pretty much universally condemned globally by America’s enemies and allies alike. Back then most of the developed world respected the territorial integrity of other nations. The condemnation did not stop the United States which ‘won the war’ in a matter of a few weeks. Continue reading
Canada is a nation that lacks any real sense of a national identity and as a result the patriotism that helps unite a people and move the society forward.
Unlike most nations, we are a country that was built by negotiation rather than defense of the homeland. We are not united by having shared common adversity or history but rather by contract – the most recent being in 1949 with Newfoundland joining the Canadian federation as its tenth province.
Since becoming a nation, we have never been attacked unlike France, Germany, Britain, Italy and countless other nations including the United States. We have been called on to defend the nations of others and our men and women in uniform have answered that call with courage but as Canadians we have never been called on to defend our own homeland. Continue reading
I don’t know much about firefighting but I understand enough to know that you don’t try to put it out by throwing gasoline on it but that is precisely what our political leaders are attempting to do in Ukraine.
The world is an increasingly unstable and dangerous place with a pressing need for calm and reasoned diplomacy backed by a firm resolve to defend our positions with an appropriate military response when absolutely necessary and all else has failed. Surely to Christ, it was the primary lesson learned from Neville Chamberlain’s handling of Adolf Hitler.
What we have instead is the worst kind of amateur hour led by Barack Obama and slavishly followed by Canada’s Stephen Harper. Continue reading
“From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee.” Canada’s National Anthem
On Thursday last week, a fire broke out in the engine room of HMCS Protecteur, one of Canada’s two supply ships, leaving it stranded in heavy seas in the Pacific Ocean. So meager are Canada’s naval resources, Protecteur had to be towed to port by an American destroyer.
While there were some injuries; fortunately there were no fatalities as there was when a Canadian seaman was killed during a submarine fire a couple of years back. The submarine was one of four submarines purchased from Henry VIII’s Used Submarine Emporium in Britain and came with a no money back limited guarantee. Since their purchase at least two have been in dry dock at all times undergoing repairs. Continue reading
The Harper government has introduced a significant piece of legislation to address issues with elections in Canada. Called the Fair Elections Act, the legislation is more than 200 pages in length and contains some serious changes, some of which go to the heart of our constitutional rights as citizens.
One proposed change is to take away the right to vote from any Canadian citizen who lives outside of the country for five years or more. To my way of thinking this is more than simply administrative reform. This takes away a right of citizenship and, in fact, will create classes of citizenship where some have more or less rights than others.
That’s merely my opinion and others may hold differing positions but it is an issue and a proposed legislation that is serious enough that Canadians from all sides of the political spectrum should be permitted to have some input into whether or not they agree with all provisions of the bill. Continue reading
After a few years of telling us how badly off Canadian were, the media and others are now hard at work telling us how good we’ve got it. It pretty much confirms that the herd instinct is alive and well but thinking beyond the obvious isn’t.
The latest kick is to tell us how much progress the ‘middle class’ has made and if you do the same kind of shallow analysis that some media pundits have published lately, you’d draw the same conclusion.
To be clear: Stats Canada has reported significant increases in both disposable income and net worth in the middle class over the past decade. It is only the bottom of the food chain that has fallen backwards economically and by as much as 25%: this despite the perception that they are living high off the hog on the minimum wage and government (taxpayer) largesse. But, as anyone who works with data will tell you, the stats only tell part of the story and often not very accurately.
The first question that comes to mind is this. If we are all, except the poor, doing so much better, why are so many so upset about taxes? The second question is why are so many struggling to meet their financial obligations and why are bankruptcies rising? Continue reading