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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT CONTINUES ITS SHAMELESS SHILLING FOR TRUMP – NOW CALLING FOR A SEPARATE “CRIMINAL” INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 IN IRAN – THIS HAS NOT BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR MILITARY DOWNINGS OF CIVILIAN AIRLINERS INCLUDING SEVERAL BY THE UNITED STATES AND ONE BY ISRAEL – IT IS A DISTRACTION FROM TRUMP’S 35 PUBLIC MURDERS IN IRAQ, THE CAUSE OF ALL THE INTENSE NEW HOSTILITIES   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Canada calls for an independent criminal investigation into Flight PS752 crash

“Foreign Minister Champagne is in London today meeting with Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and U.K. representatives”

 

Calling for an independent “criminal” investigation here is totally inappropriate.

We didn’t call for that in the many other cases involving militaries and the loss of civilian airliners, including several by the United States’ military and one by Israel’s.

This represents rather shameful service to Trump’s war-like White House, but then that has been a notable and consistent feature of Trudeau’s government, supporting the Trump White House in foreign affairs.

Iran very much is sorry for what happened and is taking all reasonable steps. It has given the black-box data to other interested parties, including Canada.

It would be nice to see some understanding here instead of an effort to whip-up the mob.

It sure ain’t Iran who started all the hostilities in the region.

And this event serves nicely to detract from the fact that the United States publicly murdered 35 people in Iraq, including Iran’s General Soleimani, in the weeks previous. Talk about criminal acts.

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THIS ADDITIONAL COMMENT WAS REMOVED BY AN EDITOR

Here is something readers should find extremely interesting.

It is written by a former CIA senior analyst.

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran-shot-it-down-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/#comment-3664167

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHAT CANADA’S TRUDEAU IS SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM MACRON’S G-7 INITIATIVE CONCERNING IRAN – THE REALITIES OF MACRON’S LIMITS AS A STATESMAN – IRAN AND TRUMP AND WHY THERE IS HATRED THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY – THE HYPE VERSUS THE UGLY REALITIES OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FOREIGN POLICY – CHRYSTIA FREELAND, CANADA’s TRULY UNPLEASANT FACE ON THE WORLD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MURRAY BREWSTER IN CBC NEWS

 

“How Macron gave Trump — and Trudeau — a lesson in the uses of power

Macron’s intervention between the U.S. and Iran was an example of practical diplomacy in action”

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/g7-macron-trump-trudeau-iran-1.5263474

 

While I applaud Macron’s effort, I think it pretty much was dead on arrival.

That should not surprise because Macron, on a whole range of matters, has failed as an effective statesman, despite the manicured looks and high-blown way of speaking with echoes of prestigious French post-secondary education.

Trump’s reasons for being so intensely hostile to Iran have nothing to do with anything Iran has done, and they certainly have nothing to do with France. Trump cannot relent because he is paying a “quid pro quo” for support to keep him in office, support received in the United States from powerful oligarchs.

As far as Iran’s position, it is straightforward and realistic. Remove the sanctions, and we can talk, talk as equal states, not as master and servant.

In recent days, Iran’s admirably eloquent Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, has been referring to America’s illegal sanctions as “economic terrorism.” You would be hard put to come up with a more apt description of them.

Iran has always been willing to talk to the United States. However, they are not willing to talk with guns pointed at them. And how can you open a negotiation about anything when the other party has just broken its solemn word on the last important agreement you negotiated? It isn’t even reasonable to expect anyone to do that, but who ever accused Donald Trump of being reasonable?

Or, in an even more extreme case, the man who actually sets the pace for Trump’s chaotic behavior towards Iran, Israel’s Netanyahu.

It is almost inconceivable that Trump will remove sanctions. They result from his personal need conceived of as national policy, a policy completely at odds with the genuine long-term interests of the United States, interests which absolutely include good relations with a very large and important country.

But an extremely narcissistic man like Trump magnifies personal need into something unrecognizably greater than what it is, like a bizarre parody of the Roman Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation which says the wafer and wine during Mass become Christ’s actual flesh and blood. He does truly see himself as indispensable, although we have yet to see a single instance of that except in the generation of confusion.

The American sanctions are illegal and completely unwarranted – Iran always met its obligations under the nuclear treaty Trump impulsively tore up with no regard for the concerns of the treaty’s many other important signatories.

Also, the talks Trump wants, appear to have an agenda way beyond the 4-year old nuclear treaty. That agenda appears to be about Iran giving up its important missile-development program, and nothing on earth could make Iran do that.

Iran has now shown dramatically, in at least two incidents during America’s campaign of intimidation and threats, just how important its missile development is. One of these was the downing of America’s largest and most advanced drone as it entered Iranian air space at night with its transponders illegally turned off.

America’s threat with a naval armada has also been affected by Iran’s missiles. The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln is staying about 600 miles away from the Strait of Hormuz. Why? Iran’s anti-ship missiles line its coast.

Iran also has plans for space, and why shouldn’t it have? That’s every country’s prerogative and represents important future ways for doing a great many things we now do on earth.

They’d be insane to concede to Trump’s arbitrary demands in this area.

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Now, as far as Trudeau, the hoped-for beneficiary of presumed wisdom from Macron, goes…

 

“Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years.

“Well, I have a simple message for you. On behalf of 35 million Canadians, we’re back.”   Justin Trudeau after his election.

 

That quote actually made me a little queasy.

Constructive voice back? Just where do we see that?

Supporting Saudi Arabia and selling them weapons to use in Yemen and to put down domestic dissent?

Supporting America’s ugly campaign against a twice-elected President in Venezuela?

Adding to America’s new pressures against Cuba, a country with which Trudeau’s father, Pierre, had formed a special relationship decades ago?

Sending tanks to the Baltic states to butt up against Russia’s border for no conceivable reason beyond America’s efforts at intimidation?

Sending a warship into Russia’s “backyard,” the Black Sea, for no good reason?

Sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, an act guaranteed to offend China?

Arresting a high-level Chinese executive on American say-so, the same America pursuing a massive, multi-front trade war against China, one having no purpose beyond trying to extract unearned special trade benefits for itself?

Supporting the horribly incompetent and corrupt Poroshenko government in the Ukraine? A government which, among its list of sins, supported outfits like the genuinely neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, effectively incorporating it into the national armed forces? And a government which made no effort at all to make peace in Eastern Ukraine and embrace the solution to that conflict set out clearly in the Minsk Accords?

Oh, I could list more, but you can see what an impressive record it has been.

Even appointing someone with the views and attitudes of Chrystia Freeland to be our Foreign Minister and represent us in the world? She is, quite literally, Stephen Harper redux.

See:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/john-chuckman-comment-what-every-canadian-should-know-about-canada-foreign-minister-chrystia-freeland-and-what-justin-trudeaus-sad-legacy-as-prime-minister-will-be/

Oh, and there’s that stunning instance of Trudeau’s suddenly flying down to Washington to plead with Trump for help with China. Yes, that’s right, Donald Trump, undoubtedly the single most hated man in all of China, someone literally enjoying a status about the equivalent of a housebreaker with a loud foul mouth? And our leader judged that as something worth doing? What can you say about such astounding naiveté and just plain ignorance?

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Response to a comment which insisted Trudeau’s government had spoken out about Saudi Arabia:

Just silly.

There was the tiff over a Freeland remark about women. And Trudeau and Freeland scurried quickly away even from that.

Nothing of substance. Substance, as in Saudi Arabia’s many war crimes, its mass killing, and its use of capital punishment on teenagers? Nothing at all.

Indeed, that tiff was actually a bit of gong show so people back home who do not follow events more closely could say things like you’ve just said.

And I’ve seen photos on the Internet that sure look like the light tank/armored cars we keep selling the Crown Prince, photos of them serving in Yemen.

 

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHAT EVERY CANADIAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CANADA’S FOREIGN MINISTER, CHRYSTIA FREELAND – AND WHAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S SAD LEGACY AS PRIME MINISTER WILL BE   3 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON WHAT EVERY CANADIAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHRYSTIA FREELAND

 

The following recent revelations are things of which every Canadian should be aware:

 

‘The US State Department boasted in a declassified memo in March 2017 that Canada had adopted an “America first” foreign policy.

‘The cable was authored just weeks after the centrist government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister.

‘The State Department added that Trudeau had promoted Freeland “in large part because of her strong U.S. contacts,” and that her “number one priority” was working closely with Washington.’

 

While I hadn’t seen the reference before, I had concluded as much just from the actions of Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau, but there is nothing quite like cold, hard facts from an important source.

Justin Trudeau is a rather weak and inept leader, not overly bright, qualities he has demonstrated an embarrassing number of times. His success in the last national election depended on handsome looks, a smile, rather overly-precious Millennialist attitudes, and a famous name. Name recognition in politics is something as important as it is in sales of dish soap.

It didn’t hurt, too, that his main opponent was someone Canadians had grown pretty tired of after a long run, Conservative Stephen Harper, a man whose government was more right-wing than anything Canada experienced in its modern history.

Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was one of the most memorable and independent-minded leaders Canada ever had, and, decades later, the name has resonance for many Canadians. A lawyer with a Jesuitical mind and a politician of many substantial achievements, including effectively opposing such terrible American policies as those against Cuba and that creating a holocaust in Vietnam.

There’s an old saying about strong fathers often having weak sons. I am not sure that I subscribe to it, but this is an instance that couldn’t be clearer.

Justin’s weakness means he depends a great deal on the unpleasant Freeland. She is definitely quite bright and far more hard-nosed than he is. He is photographed with her more than with any other minister. However, history is loaded with examples which tell us that brightness is no defense against evil.

It’s pretty obvious with every word coming from her mouth where her loyalties are, and they very much are not with the values that gave Canada its international reputation in the 20th century. The values of Pierre Trudeau, Lester Pearson, Jean Chrétien, and Paul Martin have been put away in on the shelves of an unused closet to be forgotten.

After all, Freeland’s previous big job was as an editor for Reuters News Agency. That requires brightness, but it very much requires something else. Reuters had a reputation right through the Cold War of being in the CIA’s hip pocket, of being one of a number of journalistic outlets it used for “getting stuff out there,” the stuff being suggestions, slants, propaganda, and disinformation.

In those Cold War days, of course, “the stuff” was largely against the former Soviet Union, but do we observe in American society, and in that of Western Europe under America’s intense influence, any real change? They use different words now, but the intent is much the same.

The USSR and the Red Army and the Soviet Empire have long disappeared, so we don’t hear about “commies” and “Reds,” very common words in the 1950s and 1960s, but we still receive daily tales about Russian influence and Russian interference and even Russian aggression.

Russophobia has replaced the old anti-commie stuff, and how very easy it was to make the replacement. After all, America went through decades of what can only be called the bitterest, most hateful cult campaign during the Cold War, and nothing has ever been done to exorcise that awful spirit.

None of the accusations about Russia today ever come with evidence or even serious analysis. Indeed, sources of clear evidence are ignored. For example, no one in Washington has ever even tried to interview Julian Assange about where the 2016 WikiLeaks material on the Democratic Party came from.

We know from world-class experts outside of government that the material was not hacked, by Russia or anyone else, that it was a straightforward leak of copied material from someone with inside access. But what we hear from the corporate press and politicians are constant variations on the themes of Russian hacking and Russian interference in elections.

It’s especially annoying for those who make an effort to be informed because the accusation comes from the world’s greatest meddler in the affairs of other states, the United States, a nation which very much goes beyond simple meddling to open threats and violent overthrows and black operations regularly.

All of the Russia “stuff” represents a constant effort to “poison the well” of public opinion. There’s an old principle in political and corporate marketing, “Throw enough crap at the wall, and some of it will stick.” That, truly, is the level on which the capital establishment of the world’s most powerful country works. It’s pathetic and repulsive at the same time.

For America’s establishment, Russia has long represented “Carthago delenda es” simply because it was the only country capable of totally destroying the United States. China, with its new wealth and increasing military capacity has joined the same rank.

Well, if you have heard Washington on Russia or China or Syria or Venezuela or Iran or Saudi Arabia, there’s no need to waste time listening to Freeland. She is saying the same things, only with less bluster and overt harshness, a delivery calculated to appeal to another market segment, if you will.

It has been disturbing to see. I do blame Trudeau because he should have known he was too weak and lacking in hard skills to be a national leader when the Liberal Party insiders tried luring him from his previous career as school drama teacher with other stints as camp counselor and snow-board instructor.

He put off the decision a while, a fact which leads me to conclude he had his own private doubts, and how could he not, given the things we’ve seen, not just in foreign policy but in domestic affairs and horrific, embarrassing blunders on trips abroad, as on his one to India. He literally made a fool of himself.

But the Party insiders were determined to get him because of the magical name. They won him over and did win the election, but what a mistake. Here’s an example of a win in seats in Parliament which literally represents a loss for the nation.

You see, with someone like Conservative Stephen Harper in office, we expect complete subservience to American interests, but the Liberal Party has long represented something else. A number of its more capable leaders have given Canadians something of which to be proud. But Justin Trudeau, and his Igor-like assistant, Chrystia Freeland, have suffocated that tradition.

Trudeau is likely to lose the next election in October, so frequent have been the scandals and embarrassments coming from his efforts to play leader. The Conservatives have no alternative who will change Canadian foreign policy, and our third major party, the NDP, which has sometimes come up with remarkable leaders, has let us down with an extremely weak choice.

So, the net effect of Justin Trudeau’s time in office will have been the removal of even a touch of independence in Canada’s foreign affairs, one of the substantial things his party represented for decades.

For those concerned about a world where one nation, one with less than five per cent of the world’s population, claims the right to tell almost every other nation and every international organization what it is to do, one that claims the right to apply its own domestic, narrow-interest legislation as though it had international legitimacy, one that even interferes at the level of telling other nations what to buy and where to buy it, it is distressing to have Chrystia Freeland representing Canada to the world.

Her behavior in office diminishes Canada and the fine reputation it enjoyed over much of the 20th century. And what can I say about the Prime Minister who put her in that position, one who frequently makes a public fool of himself while supporting her in activities like trying to help the United States overthrow a democratic government in Venezuela or echoing Washington’s ugly name-calling of Russia or Iran or getting Canada mired in a completely-avoidable ugly mess with China?

AFTERNOTE:

Here is a very perceptive discussion of Chrystia Freeland and what she represents, one written some months after my comments:

Freeland’s New Role as Deputy Prime Minister Put’s Her in 2nd in Command… of the Titanic

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HARPER’S EFFORTS TO “HARMONIZE” CANADA’S BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES: WHEN HARMONY IS NOT A PLEASANT THING   Leave a comment


 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED COMMENT TO A COLUMN BY JASON MYERS AND MARK MANTAIS IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“Harmonizing” is such a pleasant, soft word.

What it really means in this context is allowing American goons into all ports and entry points in our country and allowing them a veto on how we handle our affairs.

So it’s an Orwellian use of political euphemism.

Why do I say American goons?

You’ve only to look at the Internet to find countless stories of the American border service treating people like scum.

I still vividly remember the last time I crossed the border, years ago, and watching this nasty little man with a sour face, a terrible personality, a big belly over his belt, and a gun on his hip seizing a banana from the lunch of a man crossing for the day in his car.

I heard the poor man exclaim sadly that it was part of the lunch his wife packed him, and I watched this thug in a uniform marching away with his prize seizure of a banana without an identifying sticker on it!

I later dealt with the same guard, and he was simply rude and ignorant.

Then there were the times when fire engines from Canadian border cities were crossing to assist towns on the American side but were held up for “security” concerns.

America is a paranoid land, and it produces an unusually large crop of mentally unstable people. Do we really want them controlling our borders?

I fear it’s a bit like the legends of what happens when you mistakenly let a vampire cross the threshold of your house.