Archive for May 2012

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NEW MASS KILLING IN SYRIA DENIED BY SYRIAN GOVERNMENT – THE TRUTH BEHIND THIS WHOLE HORRIBLE BUSINESS – HOW AMERICA PLAYS WITH THE LIVES OF OTHERS

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

There simply is no doubt that this terrible set of events was “engineered” by the United States, and blame for the bloodshed belongs ultimately to Americans.

Much of what the press blithely calls “Arab Spring” started with Dick Cheney and the Neocons and the CIA, with Israel cheering while looking on, laying out an ambitious long-term program to disturb all the balance in the Middle East.

There was a huge budget appropriation created, hundreds of millions of dollars, at the time, and likely more secret funds provided.

Naturally, the aim was to disturb things in Israel’s favor, although, in many details as things have played through, it has not always gone that way.

The Syrian situation is especially flagrant with Israel and the U.S. having supplied arms to discontented groups – what country does not have these to one degree or another? – and Turkey agreeing to provide the same kind of safe refuge for rebels that parts of Pakistan supply to Afghan fighters.

The Russians are right to oppose this kind of massive covert effort to overturn the governments with which they are friendly.

The U.S. and Israel are total hypocrites here, yapping about democracy when they couldn’t care less about democracy so long as the next government is without Assad.

What kind of democracy do you see in Iraq? In Afghanistan? In Bahrain? In Yemen” In Saudi Arabia? Or in Libya, where American forces killed hundreds of people directly?

The United States itself is so full of dissidents, unhappy minorities, and far-out kooks, you could find hundreds of thousands, including Aryan Nation folks, Militia types, Millenialists, Separatists, down-at-the-heel minorities, and general discontents.

And if you were so inclined, you could secretly heavily arm these extremists and minorities and unbalanced types with guns and explosives and intelligence and fill them with propaganda.

I’m sure it wouldn’t be that difficult to get riots and revolts going in many places.

But all you have to do is look back to the black urban revolts of the 1960s and later to see what would happen. That’s when the National Guard shot hundreds in the streets, and no one said a word about democracy.

All such killing by governments is unacceptable, but it is even more unacceptable that far-away governments would cynically set such violence in motion and sit smiling contentedly, occasional interrupting their perverse pleasure with histrionic speeches about democracy and human rights.

Recall, please, the United States cynically killed maybe a million people in Iraq, and it had nothing to do with democracy. It gave the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s several billion dollars’ worth of arms to kill Russians. It killed tens of thousands itself in Afghanistan without a sign of democracy. It cynically caused some of the Kurds to revolt in Kissinger’s day, resulting in their mass slaughter. It kills in Pakistan, Yemen, Bahrain, and other places, and democracy has nothing to do with it. And it carried out a holocaust in Vietnam, with 3 million horribly killed, and democracy had nothing to do with it.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JOHN BAIRD’S TERRIBLE WORDS ON CANADA’S PROPOSED OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND EXTREME SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL, SURELY ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST OFFENDERS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM – NATURE OF FREE SOCIETY

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“Canada had lost sight of religious freedom as human right,” Baird says

John Baird makes me think of a man suffering from rabies, foaming at the mouth and shouting absurdities.

His words are nothing less than the kind of crazed and incoherent shouts we would expect from a person suffering from late-stage rabies.

No country on earth better respects the principles of freedom of religion than does Canada, full stop.

And certainly not the United States where the venom of religious intolerance enters public debate and even policy on a regular basis.

I, for one, deeply resent being preached at in this fashion by a man who holds a senior cabinet post: a torrent of deliberate dishonesty, bent only for his own political advantage.

He not only fails utterly to serve religious freedom, or any other human or democratic value, he clearly serves the opposite purpose, hoping to inject America’s poisonous religious and ideological debate into Canada’s traditionally peaceful politics and policy.

This is just disgusting.

Freedom of religion, everywhere and always, implies freedom from religion.

You cannot have a free society where government serves and promotes religious interests of any kind.

It is up to religious people in the privacy of their homes and religious institutions to make religion part of their lives.

Good God, the very people sharing John Baird’s delusional thinking are the people who hate things like Islamic republics.

This government is now showing the most dangerous signs yet of destroying the very fabric of Canada with such crazed and severely divisive rhetoric.
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“Almost without fail, the lack of religious freedom, except in a few isolated circumstances, can be attributed to religion. Nobody hates and persecutes likely the truly religious, and, they usually go after others who are truly religious.”

The West suffered through centuries of persecution, burning people alive or torturing them with horrible machines, over such trivial matters as the nature of the wine and bread at mass.

Tens of thousands of proud aboriginals in Peru and Mexico and other places were tortured into accepting Christianity, being summarily executed if they did not.

Old women, perhaps suffering from mental illness, were burned at the stake as witches.

There is a huge list, spanning centuries, of abuses by the religious when they were in positions of secular power.

It is so very recently that the West has achieved the precious situation we have of genuine religious freedom.

And people like Baird work relentlessly to set the clock back, hoping in doing so to make a political gain for their party.

Israel styles itself a democracy, but it is a very strange form of democracy we see there.

Do readers know that is against the law in Israel to preach and try converting people to Christianity?

Do readers know that non-Jewish spouses are treated in an entirely unfair way there?

Do readers know that important personal documents in Israel are printed with your religious identity?

That many privileges and public services in Israel depend upon your religious identity?

Is that Baird’s idea of religious freedom?

Is that why he gives public money to a fundamentalist group and now spouts utter nonsense?
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“Problem for atheists: If God doesn’t exist, where did the first life come from? Where did good and evil come from? Why is it that life hasn’t been found on any other planets?

“If we’re all just a fluke of chance, you’d think that there would be many other ‘flukes’ in the universe.”

There is a perfect example of the kind of rubbish bulldozed to the surface, contaminating public policy matters, by Baird’s unacceptable words.

What this pathetically uninformed comment-writer does not understand is that we are at the very dawn of space exploration, comparable perhaps to the first tests of ocean-worthy ships before even travelling to North and South America to discover them teaming with life.

And despite that, scientists at NASA are now convinced some forms of life do exist on Mars, the only planet we have begun to explore. The proof will come within a decade or two.

And, please, our solar system is only one pitifully insignificant collection of matter in the cosmos. Our own galaxy contains hundreds of billions of suns, and so far we know that there are more than a billion other galaxies.

Only genuine fools would say what this comment-writer says in light of any knowledge about the current situation of science.

As to problems for people’s ways of thinking: the biggest one in all of history is whence evil if there is a god who is good?

It’s never been answered – Milton tried and failed and only survives because of his poetic genius.

It is easy to observe in the world, if you bother looking, that evil not only exists, it thrives and prospers almost everywhere. Good people regularly suffer, and monsters enjoy untold influence and wealth and power.

But the important point is this: what does your religious muttering have to do with public policy? Or what should it have to do with public policy?

The answer is obvious: nothing.

And just so Baird’s insane rhetoric.
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“Why didn’t they just give Amnesty International the $5 million and request that it be directed to cases involving religious persecution??”

Good question.

But, of course, Baird has no genuine interest in such matters, and his words only disguise far less worthy purposes.

My great fear here is that they are working towards a government construct that could one day serve to criminalize or penalize those who, for example, speak against the human rights abuses of Israel.

It would be easy to frame that kind of genuinely repressive law in a pseudo-religious context.

And with that, Messrs. Baird and Harper would be taking us back to the 16th century in terms of freedoms.
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Please see, postings two and three here:

http://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.ca/

The irony of the reality of Baird’s private life versus the kind of repressive forces he supports – for campaign funds, of course – is genuinely painful.
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‘He said that Canada now will “stand with the Jewish state.”‘

That phrase is ominous indeed, suggesting again the sense of my comment, previously, concerning the genuine ultimate aims of this backward idea for a government agency.

By definition, “the Jewish state” is not a place for religious freedom, any more than would be an Islamic republic or a Christian democracy.

You cannot, by law, even preach Christianity in Israel.

And there is a host of other things you cannot do or say in Israel, all of them concerning religious identity.

The very fact that Israel wants to be recognized as “the Jewish state” is frought with danger, because Israel has about 19% of its (formal) population, Palestinians who refused to run from the 1948 terrors of Irgun and Lehi and Stern Gang.

Israel didn’t – and doesn’t – want them but it is more or less stuck for now. Many Israelis speak in public for their expulsion.

I use the word “formal” because in Israel there are effectively two levels of citizenship: those with an Israel passport and those who are part of what is legally deemed the superior Jewish nation. All rights and treatments under law are affected by this terrible distinction.

To endorse that kind of human rights abuse so forcefully as does Baird is frightening to Canadians who regarded theirs as one of the world’s freest and most just societies.

And the same man is trying to create an engine of government that is wholly inappropriate in a free society, and which is potentially far more dangerous than it sounds at first pass.

And the same man gave a million dollars in public funds to a fundamentalist religious group.

Does anyone in his or her right mind trust John Baird?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COLUMNIST SUGGESTS IT’S TIME FOR HARPER TO TAKE A BROOM TO HIS CABINET – BUT HOW DO YOU SWEEP UP THE KIND OF TOXIC MATERIAL IN THIS GOVERNMENT?

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY LAWRENCE MARTIN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

My perception is that Harper’s government has precisely one competent and respectable senior minister, Jim Flaherty, and even he has his shortcomings.

He remains the only one in international exposure that is not an embarrassment to the country.

Harper’s list of clowns and weasels is long and may well serve as further evidence for the demonstrated principle that extremely conservative views are associated with lower intelligence.

Peter Kent, Bev Oda, Peter MacKay, Leona Aglukkaq, Vic Toews, and, in the past, Helena Guergis, Maxime Bernier resemble a skit from Monty Python on government. We’ve never been so low in public esteem.

I’ll add John Baird who, although intelligent, has the manner of a savage ultra-orthodox Israeli settler shooting at Palestinian children and bulldozing olive groves.

How do you “sweep” with toxic material like that?
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“Amazing – after 4 elections the Harper party is still talentless.”

Yes, pretty well talent-less so far as ministers.

But you cannot call Harper talent-less.

His set of redoubtable skills is a dark one, truly Machiavellian . Canada has not seen anything quite like him in my lifetime.

He has a thick hide, little or no respect for opponents and even disappointing associates, and, while mouthing slogans, his whole direction shows virtually no respect for democratic values or genuine human rights.

He displays many qualities that might fairly be described along the lines of an intelligent, manipulative, sociopathic personality.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EDITORIAL SAYS HARPER CHOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO WITHDRAW FROM AFGHANISTAN (MARCH 2014) AT NATO MEETING – WHAT’S THE ‘RIGHT TIME’ TO STOP SUPPORTING EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING?

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

It’s the “right time” only in the sense it serves America’s need for a costly charade of multi-country support for its continuing dirty and pointless war.

How can there be a right time to exit a mission of killing and destruction against a people someone – America in this case – just doesn’t like?

Again, proof of the pointless nature of this effort is that every country in NATO has had what can only be called almost token forces there and those often working under severe restrictions.

That’s not how people instinctively respond to a genuine threat.

But America has such overwhelming economic and financial and diplomatic power that it is able to keep other NATO members carrying out their covering charade of coalition force while a 100,000 American killers continue invading people’s homes, cutting throats in the middle of the night, and dropping bombs on families – all while assassinating innocent people in Pakistan by robot bombers.

We’re supporting a gigantic extrajudicial killing operation which has no resemblance to a genuine war and has nothing whatever to do with justice or democratic values.

Your choice of words is so clearly intended to build up the image of Harper as wise statesman, but that image is so false to so many people, you only become laughable offering it.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CONRAD BLACK OBJECTS TO NDP LEADER MULCAIR’S CHARACTERIZATION OF HIS RETURN TO CANADA – AN IDIOT COMMENT COMPARISON WITH OMAR KHADAR’S RETURN – PAYING DEBT TO SOCIETY

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Cheap shot?

Black might try asking shareholders whose funds he abused about cheap shots.

He is British, too.

So “British criminal’ is a factual statement.

And, please, does anyone believe that any ordinary former-Canadian would receive such treatment?

I don’t doubt that Black made no underhanded efforts in achieving this – after all, any evidence of that would blow him out of the water.

But there are implicit understandings in such matters, and Black has associates who undoubtedly spoke on his behalf to the minister, including a bit of the old “nudge, nudge, wink, wink.”

You can certainly place a large bet of Black’s being a future substantial campaign-fund provider to Harper and Co, and isn’t that what all this was about?
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“I can hardly wait for Khadar’s return to Canada. Most here who are blasting Conrad Black will be marching arm in arm with the likes of Amnesty International…”

Khader is a mistreated child soldier. He was 15 years old when American soldiers blasted him in the back and dragged him off to secret prison and torture for years.

He is also a legal Canadian citizen.

There are no parallels with Black, none.

To say there are is willful ignorance.
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“While you may not find Conrad Black a likeable man, he has nevertheless served his time and thus paid his debt to society.”

Yes, he has paid his debt, but that debt was to American society.

And his only claim to citizenship or residence is British.

Now, you explore the possibilities of a convicted felon being given such special treatment by Canada in other circumstances.

Indeed, going the other way, a convicted felon is excluded from the United States.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MARGARET WENTE HURLS MORE IGNORANCE: CALLING FRENCH STUDENTS PROTESTING IN MONTREAL THE GREEKS OF CANADA – JUDGING A COLUMN BY ITS HORRIBLE COMMENTS – ALBERTA DOLLARS?

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY MARGARET WENTE IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“Finally the vast majority of the demonstrations have been peaceful. The subway smoke and the class invaders are not a protest problem they are a criminal problem and need to be dealt with in a criminal way. To associate a bunch of thugs with the 115000 students who have demonstrated peacefully is wrong.”

Yes, and it is an especially sensitive matter in Quebec because the previous generation there, before the Quiet Revolution, had low opportunities for university attendance. So in their eyes, this is more than a financial concern.

And I might add, Wente, in getting it wrong, is only performing at her expected level.

She amuses and supports herself by tossing bloody hunks of meat into the beast compound.

She has virtually never honestly analyzed a serious problem.
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“Without the rest of Canada supporting it, Quebec is worse than Greece. At least Greeks have a glorious past. Quebecers have always been lazy, useless socialist twits.”

These words are a perfect example of what someone like Wente brings floating to the surface, much like toxic residue.

One could cite many such comments here.

Surely this provides hard evidence for the level and quality of Wente’s appeal, but that’s what one expects from the work of a professional propagandist: members of the Politburo clapping their bloody paws together, hooting and bellowing, following her words.
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‘The tuition protesters must be doing something right if Globe and Mail orders this piece from one of their “Commentary writers”.’

And not just ‘one’ of their commentary writers.

But the amazing Ms. Wente, utility-infielder political hack in the great tradition of 19th century scurrilous scribblers, the kind of folks who used to call Lincoln an obscene ape.

Considering Ms. Wente’s track record, it is hard to understand how anyone takes her seriously.

Just some egregious examples were inaccurate reporting on Vancouver’s safe-injection site courtesy of one prejudiced source; even worse, her garbage on the Middle East, including the trashy notion of Palestinian mothers not caring for their children; and, her all-time whopper, her dangerously dishonest columns from conquered Iraq, a catastrophe that cost a million lives.

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/the-iraq-wars-trashiest-piece-of-propaganda/

One can only hope to understand her having any audience from the scientifically determined fact that her kind of conservative views tend to appeal to lower intelligence.

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/why-republicans-have-no-sense-of-humor/
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“Entitled Quebeckers brought to you be Albertans dollars!”

Again, the kind of toxic waste Ms. Wente’s words always bring floating to the surface of any issue.

Albertan dollars?

I thought our currency was national?

Of course, someone in Texas might equally say:

“Blowhard Albertans brought to you by Texas dollars!”

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHINESE DISSIDENT CHEN GUANGCHENG ON HIS WAY TO THE UNITED STATES – AMERICAN PROPAGANDA TREATED AS NEWS

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

This entire business is overblown nonsense – puffed up in the press owing to American efforts to make this resemble something from the Cold War.

In fact, neither this man nor his family has ever been in any serious danger.

He has managed to leverage the propaganda possibilities into free emigration to the United States.

With all the genuine horrors in the world – the United States is killing innocent people every day in half a dozen countries – it is pathetic to see the press giving any play to this non-story.