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COMMENTARY · 29th September 2012
Merv Ritchie
In the classic movie “The Princess Bride”, one of the main villains, Vizzini, refers to the job he had taken on for Prince Humperdink.

Fezzik, played by Andre’ the Giant, is aroused when Vizzini mentions killing the girl they had kidnapped.

“You never said anything about killing anyone,” says Fezzik to which Vizzini replies;

"I've hired you to help me start a war. It's a prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.”

Today, the western world continues with this "long and glorious tradition" as we engage in actions to provoke more hostilities.

Canadians are being hyped and distracted with nationalistic pride as the Bluenose is being launched reviving a long forgotten past kept alive only by a dime.

Russia, China and Iran are struggling to get the western media to report how the Syrian rebels are using weapons supplied by Canadian and American arms manufactures. Canadian and American government officials and their associated media propaganda machines continue to argue it is the Syrian government and Iran who are instigating all the difficulties.

A reasoning person would take a step back and ask, “Who is providing the rebels the weaponry and how are the rebels able to afford it?” If a team of militants arrived in Vancouver with rocket/grenade launchers, teams of soldiers with an unlimited supply of ammunition, guns and heavy weaponry, we would at least attempt to stop the source. We would know which country they were coming in from and we would declare war on that nation. It would be foolhardy for Syria to declare war on the USA or Canada.

So today, as the world watches in surreal silent complicity, people are being slaughtered while the world teeters towards a full scale war.

China and Japan are once again adversaries and China is encouraging its people into a frenzy of nationalistic pride with angry protests against Japan. Protests are generally unheard of in China.

The “Get Smart” TV series had two sides, “Chaos and Control”. The Second World War had two sides, “Axis and Allied”. It will be curious what the media and historians label the two sides in this new conflict. The sides, however, are clear.

China, Russia, Iran along with NAM (Non-Aligned Members)


Israel, USA, Japan the EU and (of course) NATO

The world has entered the final death convulsions of a failed economic system and finds the easy exit, war. Is this Controlled Chaos?

When no one could find a job and many people were starving throughout the 1930’s, all across Canada and the USA, suddenly work was so readily available women were encouraged and allowed into the factories. Even hemp production was promoted for the war effort. “Hemp for Victory” was the slogan.

It is curious then, today, as the Bluenose is launched, we find nationalism being encouraged across the globe as people suffer bankruptcy and foreclosures.

Songs were sung in the 1930’s and the common phrase of the day, to represent the poor unemployed man on the street was, “Buddy, can you spare a dime?” The symbolism of the dime with the Bluenose at this time of poverty and war is disturbing.

Today, one can only hope the Bluenose and the nationalism being used; to get you, to fight me, for them; sinks to the bottom of the Nova Scotia harbour, where it belongs.

Writing about the crimes of the financiers also has a long and glorious tradition. Fighting King John and the money lenders of his day which founded the Magna Carta in 1215 AD, is memorialized in songs and tales which were the main media of that day; the minstrels singing about Robin Hood.

Some still sing today.

The Universal Soldier - Buffy Saint Marie

He's 5 foot 2 and he's 6 feet 4
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17.
He's been a soldier for a thousand years

He's a catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist, and a Baptist and Jew.
And he knows he shouldn't kill
And he knows he always will
kill you for me my friend and me for you

And He's fighting for Canada.
He's fighting for France.
He's fighting for the USA.
And he's fighting for the Russians.
And he's fighting for Japan
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

And He's fighting for democracy,
He's fighting for the reds
He says it's for the peace of all.
He's the one, who must decide,
who's to live and who's to die.
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body
as a weapon of the war.
And without him all this killing can't go on

He's the universal soldier
And he really is the blame
His orders comes from
far away no more.

They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can't you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war

But then I do like Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” lyrics better on some days

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
’Til I’m sure that you’re dead.

My favourite.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 29th September 2012
"Lives In The Balance" by Jackson Browne

I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

The Unspoken Debt:
Comment by Janice Robinson on 29th September 2012
The American Civil War was supposedly won by "the North," much to the surprise and dismay of "the South."

The Rebels were high-fiving, and making post-victory plans. They had lots of money, ammo and desire for brutality left......unlike the Union Army of the North. Then......

All of a sudden, Union soldiers were coming over hills and across rivers armed to the teeth with new and deadly weaponry, and an endless supply of ammo to go with it. Heck, they were even sporting decent uniforms and looked well-fed! The South was brought to its knees, and still is in denial about that this day!

Where did the North (Union) get all that unexpected cash to bankroll such a costly victory?
And, how much did it cost?

Well....simply put, the Union would have lost the war if newly immigrant, Jewish financiers did not step in at the eleventh hour! They came to America with a lot of money, and they were resourceful also. To help out with the war effort, these Jewish businessmen also enlisted the financial backing of their Jewish counterparts in Europe. Their monetary support guaranteed a Union victory, and set America on its historical course as we know it.

This debt was tallied, and WILL be paid back....with interest and in many ways.

Will this debt ever be paid? Can it ever be repaid?
And, what's it got to do with Canada?

I do not feel responsible for one dime of that debt. Do you?