Friendly peaceful Canada actually the worst place on Earth?
By David Swanson/Douglas Ou-ee-ii-jay-ii Jack
War Is a Crime
OH – CANADA
As a Canadian, I would like to propose that Canada is a much larger belligerent aggressor per capita in the world than media, the public and organizations like the United Nations recognize. Canada’s silent role as a (perhaps the) major world leader in living off of the trade proceeds of war, death, injury and destruction, remains outside public consciousness. Canada and the USA seem to act as indivisible twins of death, yet Canada hides behind a media-military-industrial-complex that continues to portray Canada as a pacifist nation.
Canada has only 33,000,000 people, 1/10th the US population and it is seemingly not a leader, when in fact it is the world’s leading aggressor. This article addresses Canada’s infamy per capita, meaning livelihood generation per person in energy, materials, and arms as proportions of our national economy.
We can understand both Canada and the US as leading aggressors, # 1 & 2, because of unmatched histories of colonial genocide against the First Nations of the Americas, which form our worldview. Mutual aid and compassion are not the foundations of the societies we have formed. We’ve only barely gained a sense of the massacre in which we are involved as part of our lifestyles and colonial-chauvinistic attitudes. The Residential-Schools death / abuse is a point of popular confusion but not yet of moral direction.
In the following seven categories A – G, Canada is and has been for over 150 years (# = Number):
A. # 1 Mine developer and mineral extractor around the world per capita, as found in Canada’s mining corporations. Simultaneously Canada is the world’s worst recycler of metals in terms of not reducing, reusing or recycling domestic, commercial or industrial metals.
B. # 1 Forestry exploiter around the world per capita, as found in Canada’s forestry corporations. Simultaneously Canada is the world’s worst recycler of wood and paper products in terms of not reducing, reusing or recycling domestic, commercial or industrial paper and wood products.
C. # 1 Energy developer, infrastructure supplier and consumer per capita, primarily from hydroelectric dams but as well as from Canada’s CANDU nuclear reactors in Canada and worldwide. Canadians are the most consumptive worldwide users per capita of electricity, natural gas, and oil. Canadians are the world’s worst energy consumers in terms of not: conserving (e.g. insulation), reducing (e.g. 1/10th of Canadians have 2nd home as a cottage), reusing (complementary design for capturing such as waste-heat), and transforming (e.g. passive solar design).
D. # 1 Consumer worldwide per capita for all major non-renewable materials. Canadians identify themselves and their lifestyles as consumers, without reserve buying plastics, metals, wood, paper and composite things for every occasion. Superfluous use of non-essential energy and things, in a finite world, sadly displaces human relationships. Where most humans don’t have access to these for essential services because of foreign ownership of their lands and resources, then superfluous use is a lost opportunity for human solidarity and relationship.
E. # 1 Source of depleted uranium per capita. The depleted-uranium coated artillery, ammunition, bomb and missile shell-covered bombing of sites is an extreme war crime against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, now Syria and other countries wherever our depleted uranium is used as a shell casing for penetration of all forms of defensive cladding in buildings, vehicles and equipment. These nations and all humanity are victims of this Canadian-made radioactive warfare.
F. # 1 Source of refined uranium for nuclear power per capita. Canada’s heavy-handed uranium-energy industry, which is key to nuclear arms development such as India and Pakistan’s nuclear arms programs, is a crime against humanity. There is spread of human-genetics and health damaging materials or technology, no responsibility for constant spill releases, accidents, mine tailings, refinement wastes, and finally massive volumes of highly radioactive post-energy-production radioactive wastes with no reliable storage for millions of years.
G. # 3 Arms Producer and Sales per capita (after Israel, USA), when the above six raw material and energy factors are added to Canada’s already high standing in advanced weapons system components. Canada is the # 1 supplier of major arms components per capita to the US arms system per capita in both assembly and parts supply.
99.999% of Canadians are completely unaware of their nefarious status as world leaders in the above categories. Careless and destructive consumption and production are part of our colonial worldview, taking what we feel are god-given resources without consciousness of the suffering we cause for others in the destruction of their ecosystems and biospheres for our extractive resource policies.
It seems from Canada’s military involvement in arming insurgents in dozens of countries worldwide, but particularly in Islamic and Hispanic American countries, is way out of proportion to our population, that Canadians are world leaders in the war on Islam and attempts to destabilize dozens of countries worldwide.
Even as Canadian governments occasionally may take an official non-intervention stance, our industries fully arm insurgents and support belligerents such as the USA in destabilization programs for acquisition of resources and geopolitical advantage.
No public controls or conditions are ever placed on Canadian arms and component exports to belligerents and insurgents worldwide. This was true of our role as # 1 supplier per capita of the US war effort in Vietnam, where we paid no war reparations for the results of the Canadian arms industry collusion in decades of destruction in the Vietnamese abundant polyculture orchards and many dozens of conflicts in which Canada has played a role in stirring-up and festering dissent. Presently social media is being used to foster what George Orwell characterized as ‘hates’ in his book 1984, mirroring his experience of ‘hates’ against the Axis powers during World War II. Social Media has the great unused potential to bring both sides of a conflict into dialogue through formal debate.
Canadian corporations are always #1 war benefactors per capita in the world. Is Canada the dog that wags the US war tail? In order to bring the US government in alignment with world law, the issue of its silent but belligerent war twin, Canada, will have to be addressed.
Sources: War is a Crime | Douglas Jack, Sustainable Development Corporation, Indigene Community | Photos one from DVIDSHUB, two from Denis-Carl Robidous, three from Kelly Michals, four from Sam Beebe, five from Alex Drainville, six from Dimitri dF, seven from VAC/ACC, and eight from Matt Chan.
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