This guy wrote a book a few years back about Canada’s dealings with haiti and now he’s back doing a book tour with a critique of Canadian foreign policy. Anybody heard of him? Who the hell is he and do his claims have any merit at all?
Oh, and in case youre wondering why I didn’t put this in the Book review forum, it’s because this lovely tome is being market as a TEXTBOOK for use in courses in “USA, UK and Europe,”.
Here’s from a review of what the yanks and others will learn about Canada if they get a Uni course with this thing:
[quote]THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY
On dozens of occasions since 1915, Canadian gunboats have been deployed to the Caribbean and Central America.
Canada has been the fifth- or sixth-largest contributor to the U.S. war in Iraq.
Ottawa asked London for its Caribbean colonies after World War I.
Days after the elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown, Canada’s ambassador to Chile called victims of dictator Augusto Pinochet’s repression the “riffraff of the Latin American Left.”
In a number of countries, Canadian “aid” has been used to rewrite mining codes to the benefit of Canadian mining companies.
Canada had between 250 and 450 nuclear-armed fighter jets based in Europe in the 1960s.
Washington did not press Ottawa to break relations with post-revolution Cuba because it wanted Canada to spy on the island.
Throughout Pierre Trudeau’s time in office and before, Canadian companies were heavily invested in apartheid South Africa.
Canada helped depose Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, one of Africa’s first independence leaders, who was then killed.
Many commentators, including the world’s leading intellectual, Noam Chomsky, consider Lester Pearson a war criminal because of his significant support for the US war on Vietnam, particularly Canada’s role in delivering US bombing threats to North Vietnam.
And Choamsky’s on his bandwagon, ensuring little intellectual wannabes everywhere will jump all over him.
[quote]“We bear responsibility for what governments do in the world, primarily our own, but secondarily those we can influence, our allies in particular. Yves Engler’s penetrating inquiry yields a rich trove of valuable evidence about Canada’s role in the world, and poses a challenge for citizens who are willing to take their fundamental responsibilities seriously.” —Noam Chomsky
Although what Choamsky says there isn’t so bad, I just detest him lending his name to this thing.
What do you all think? There’s no truth to any of this stuff, or is there? We need a timfoil emoticon for posts like these.
And does anybody care? Does not reading this make me a sheeple sticking my head in the sand? Do I have a responsibility to read it?