And in a hypocritical public comment, Canada’s foreign minister avoided directly addressing Soleimani’s murder, a war crime and act of terrorism.
No 2568 Posted by fw, January 6, 2020
“Canada’s Liberal government has effectively endorsed the illegal and provocative assassination by the United States of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, which amounts to a declaration of war against Tehran. Just hours after US President Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force at Baghdad international airport, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East and cynically appealing for de-escalation.” —Roger Jordan, World Socialist Web Site
(Note: The featured image for this post is a photo of Canada’s foreign minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne).
Here is my synopsis of Roger’s article —
Trump’s calculated murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and 7 others in a drone attack – a war crime and act of terrorism — has prompted a “cynical appeal for de-escalation” from the Trudeau government, while remaining silent about the vile act of “assassination” itself. Meanwhile, “Assassinator-In-Chief” Trump boasts of “termination”, threatening further attacks against “targets to be obliterated”, including cultural treasures. Truth be told, the greatest acts of terror over the past two decades have been perpetrated by US imperialism. Military interventions and war-mongering by US, and ally Canada, have destabilized the region, leaving the blood of complicity on Canada’s hands. In a hypocritical public comment, Canada’s foreign minister avoided directly addressing Soleimani’s murder. Ottawa’s issuance of a “travel advisory” is a backhanded acknowledgment of “imminent war danger.” The threat of Iranian blowback has prompted Canada to cancel a military training mission in Iraq. And Iraq’s non-binding resolution calling for US forces to leave will undoubtedly be ignored by Washington. Surely it’s no surprise that Canada’s political establishment welcomed Trudeau’s tacit endorsement of assassination. Nor is it any surprise that the Conservatives wasted no time in faulting Trudeau’s failure to “declare their explicit agreement with Trump’s illegal drone strike.” And NDP leader Singh responded with “empty bromides.” Ever true to form, Canada’s ruling elites enthusiastically supported Trudeau’s planned increase in military spending as essential for bolstering Canadian imperialism. Jordan concludes his analysis with a call on Canadian workers and young people to unite with an international anti-war movement.
Below is my repost of Roger Jordan’s article with my added subheadings, highlighted text, and some minor editing. To read his original article on the World Socialist Web Site, click on the following linked title.
Assassination of Soleimani draws Ottawa’s cynical appeal for de-escalation
Canada’s Liberal government has effectively endorsed the illegal and provocative assassination by the United States of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, which amounts to a declaration of war against Tehran. Just hours after US President Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force at Baghdad international airport, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East and cynically appealing for de-escalation.
Washington’s calculated murder of the General and 7 others was a war crime and act of terrorism
Washington’s calculated murder of Soleimani, who is widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Tehran, and seven other people was a war crime and reckless act of state terrorism.
Trump boasts of “termination”, threatens further attacks against “targets to be obliterated”
Reflecting the descent into criminality of American foreign policy, which is driven by its deepening geostrategic crisis in the Middle East, Trump openly boasted of having “terminated” Soleimani, who he alleged was the “number one terrorist anywhere in the world.” Over the weekend, he issued a chilling threat of further attacks, declaring that the US has selected 52 Iranian targets to be obliterated, including cultural institutions.
Truth is — greatest acts of terror over the past two decades have been perpetrated by US imperialism
The reality, as the long-suffering population of the entire Middle East knows only too well, is that the greatest acts of terror over the past two decades have been perpetrated by US imperialism, which has laid waste to entire societies and slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians in one illegal war after another, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and, through its support for its Saudi allies, Yemen.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau remains silent over Trump’s ordered assassination of Soleimani
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who never loses an opportunity in highly choreographed appearances to publicly tout his “progressive” credentials, has not uttered a single word about the state murder of a senior foreign military and political official by Canada’s closest ally, one, moreover, which was carried out in blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
And in his hypocritical response, Canada’s foreign minister avoided directly addressing Soleimani’s murder
In a cowardly and cynical statement released just hours after Soleimani’s murder, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne avoided directly addressing Soleimani’s killing. Instead, Champagne declared, “Canada has long been concerned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, led by Qasem Soleimani, whose aggressive actions have had a destabilizing effect in the region and beyond.”
Striking a hypocritical pose of diplomacy and neutrality, Champagne went on, “We call on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation. Our goal is and remains a united and stable Iraq.”
It’s military interventions and war-mongering of the US, and ally Canada, that have destabilized the region
Champagne’s statement turns reality on its head. For a start, it is the military interventions and war-mongering of the United States and its allies, Canada included, rather than the defensive response by the bourgeois-clerical regime in Tehran that have destabilized the entire Middle East. Washington has been attempting since the 1990s to offset its accelerating economic decline and consolidate its unchallenged control over the energy-rich region through virtually uninterrupted wars. Each conflict has been aimed at pushing back Iranian influence and blocking the expansion of the Russian and Chinese presence in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Blood is also on Canada’s hands
With Canadian support,
Ottawa’s issuance of travel advisory is acknowledgment of “imminent war danger”
The Liberal government all but acknowledged the imminent war danger over the weekend with the issuing of a travel advisory warning all Canadians in the Middle East to practice “a high degree of caution.” In the warning, issued for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, the Canadian government stated, “The security situation could worsen with little warning. There is an increased risk of attacks in general.”
Threat of Iranian blowback prompts Canada to cancel military training mission in Iraq
Canada has 955 troops serving in six missions across the Middle East. It currently has military personnel deployed in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Qatar. The Canadian government followed NATO in announcing the suspension Saturday of NATO Mission Iraq, a training operation that has been led by 250 Canadian troops since its inception in the fall of 2018. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan declared that the mission, ostensibly aimed at training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State, was being suspended to protect the safety of those involved. A separate training mission being carried out by Canadian special forces troops with militants in northern Iraq was also suspended.
Iraq’s non-binding resolution calling for US forces to leave will undoubtedly be ignored by Washington
The NATO decision undoubtedly reflects the fear among the Western military alliance that its forces could face a vicious backlash from the local population and military forces they are training to the US’s murderous act. While Iran has vowed vengeance against the United States, the Iraqi parliament, in an indication of the popular hostility to the presence of foreign troops in the country, felt compelled to adopt a resolution calling for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.
No surprise that Canada’s political establishment welcomed Trudeau’s tacit endorsement of assassination
The Trudeau government’s tacit endorsement of the US assassination of Soleimani was broadly welcomed within Canada’s political establishment.
No surprise either that Conservatives faulted Trudeau’s failure to “declare their explicit agreement with Trump’s illegal drone strike”
The opposition Conservatives’ only criticism was that the Liberals failed to declare their explicit agreement with Trump’s illegal drone strike. As Shivaloy Majumdar, who served as director of policy for foreign affairs in the Harper Tory government, put it, Canada failed to state its “full-throated” support for the US. “I think de-escalation is certainly an appropriate call, but to somehow insinuate that American foreign policy has unnecessarily escalated the situation is not the best way to frame it,” added Majumdar.
And NDP leader Singh responds with “empty bromides”
In a cynical attempt to exploit widespread popular opposition to war and the thuggish actions of the Trump administration, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh criticized Soleimani’s killing. The assassination, Singh wrote on Twitter, has “brought us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East.” He appealed to Trudeau to “act quickly with other countries to de-escalate the situation and not be drawn into the path that President Trump is taking.”
These empty bromides will have no impact on the NDP’s steadfast support for Trudeau’s minority Liberal government, as shown by
Canada’s ruling elites enthusiastically support bolstering Canadian imperialism
The ruling elite views the strengthening of Canada’s armed forces as essential if Canadian imperialism is to share in the spoils of US-led military aggression around the world, including in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Eastern Europe.
Canadian workers and young people must unite with an international anti-war movement
Workers and young people across Canada seeking to oppose the danger of war cannot afford for one moment to have any illusions whatsoever in Canada, or any other country, functioning as a pacifist brake on the drive to war. Instead, they must strive to unite their struggle against military conflict with the widespread opposition to war among working people around the world in an international anti-war movement based on a socialist program.
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