Yves Engler writes this morning that the Conservative government is preparing to go to war:
By setting up overseas bases and increasing the military’s size, the Conservatives are preparing for future wars. They’ve also built the cultural and ideological foundation for constant war. In one of innumerable examples, the updated 2011 citizenship handbook Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship praised this country’s military history with more than a dozen photos depicting war or armed forces personnel.
And they have introduced an unrelenting propaganda campaign which unabashedly glorifies the military:
The Conservatives’ militarism is unrelenting. After waging war in Libya they organized an $850,000 nationally televised celebration for Canada’s “military heroes”, which included flyovers from a dozen military aircraft. Harper told the 300 military personnel brought in from four bases: “We are celebrating a great military success. Soldier for soldier, sailor for sailor, airman for airman, the Canadian Armed Forces are the best in the world.
George W. Bush is a tragic example of how those who enjoy war but who have never experienced it can cause needless death and ruin a country. Mr. Harper and Mr. Bush have a lot in common. And when it comes to war, they both claim that it is a glorious experience.