Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8: Bicycle lanes; and the curious case of the Afghan War

The big front page story again is bike lanes. Ditto for the editorial. That's almost a solid week of bike lanes. We haven't seen such a concentrated campaign since the Brunswick Media's vilification of public schools last year.

Yesterday, I came acroos a free copy of another paper of the Brunswick News family  In The Fredericton Gleaner, quelle  Quellecl surprise - bicycle lanes are the big issue , too.

It's an old, news media game.

One of the biggest issues facing New Brunswick is fracking. But we don't want people talking about that. Do we? No. So let's get them all excited about something else, something that nobody of power and influence and wealth gives a damn about. Stir up a protest about bicycle lanes.

For good measure, add gobs of gush about The duke and the duchess; and, well, people will forget all about fracking.

It's an old, old newspaper game.

There's a related game being played about our soldiers coming back from Afghanistan.  We were fighting a war, t here. You fight a war only when the cause is urgent, when we mist win to end a threat to Canada. That is an important moral principle. It is also a principle that we heloped to lay down in international law. At Nuremburg, we hanged people for breaking that law.

This is a war that has cost us 157 dead,  and with no count on the seriously, often permanently, damaged both physically and mentally.

So, if the war is all that urgent to our safety, why are we leaving it?

We fought a war in 1939, and for very good reason. We were in danger. Can you imagine the reaction if we had decided to pull out and go home in, say, 1943?

I never thought our intervention in  Afghanistan was justified, not under any moral or international law. The pullout seems to confirm that. If the war was urgent for Canadian safety, why are we pulling out at a time when the war is being lost, when other NATO countries are pulling out, and Obama is desperately looking for a way out "with honour"?  And why is the American government negotiating a deal with the Taliban?

The T&T doesn't raise these questions. It simply reports we built some schools. For this we lost 157 lives and spent billions of dollars? It also notes an Afghanistan official for praising the Canadian money (ours) used t to b uild the schools. "We spent the money wisely," he said. (The T&T story does not mention that Aghanistan is rated the most corrupt country in the world.)

Oh, the story aslo carries the usual drivel about how well the war is going. It would be hard to find an intelligence agency or military expert in the whole world would agree with that.

Contrary to most reporting across North America, we never had a legitimate reason to invade Afghanistan - and the situation there now  has unpleasant reminders of the last period of the Vietnam War. This is the duplicate of the time the US declared the war had been won, and got out.

Anyway, Canada can now concentrate on killing civilians in Libya, the country which is such a severe threat to Canada.

We also have to help out our good friend, Obama.  Americans, fed up with wars, are losing interest in volunteering to fight them ; but_ any return to the draft would be political suicide. Mercenaries are too expensive to be the whole answer to the lack of volunteers. The Bushes and Obamas need somebody to fight their wars, somebody who will actually pay for the honour. Most NATO countries have more brains than to become sucked into fighting American wars. Enter Canada - the most failthful servant, the most willing to sacrifice their young people at the demand of---who?

Gee. I guess that takes us to the question of who finances the Liberals and the Conservtives.

1 comment:

  1. It would seem to me that the story at the bottom of the front page could turn out to have impressive ramifications with respect to cancer treatment..but, I know..."ITS NOT BIKE LANES!!!