Some years ago, shortly after Kitchener built its new (third) City Hall, I had cause to be walking in front of it. On the sidewalk were two earnest-looking young men, with a folding plastic table covered with papers. Curious to see what was attracting a small group of people, I ambled over.
They were looking for signators for a petition to the Federal Government of Canada, for “Unilateral Nuclear Weapons Disarmament.” The woman beside me grabbed a pen and quickly filled in name, address, phone number and signed it. Then she stuck the pen in my face, and said, “Here, sign! It’s a really good idea.”
“I don’t really think so.” “Why not?” she demanded. “Well, first of all, while Canada has nuclear power plants, we do not have nuclear weapons, or heavy bombers or ICBMs to deliver them. Also, I don’t think it’s a good idea for ‘us’ to give ours up, if ‘the other guy’ doesn’t give his up.” She replied, “That’s what this is all about.”
“No, the petition is for UNILATERAL action. That means that we do, but they don’t.” Almost crying, she blurted, “That’s not right!” “No, it isn’t, but that’s what you were in such a hurry to sign up for.” and I watched the crowd dwindle before walking away.
After an 18-month hiatus, caused by a poor choice of restaurant, I recently attended a relocated Free Thinkers’ Sunday brunch. Somehow, they were conned into allowing a World Peace representative to give a ‘little’ talk. He promised that it would be just a 15-minute AV presentation, but maundered on for over half an hour, killing most of my chances to interact with the other attendees.
First he attacked NATO. Up until 1991, they were a defense against Russia, and the Communist Bloc. When they lost their raison d’etre, they just became big bullies, and spread out all over the world. Now they were in Africa, and Asia, invading countries.
Then he segued to the United States, another big bully. The American General who was the liaison to NATO was recalled to the Pentagon. How our mumbler would know this, I don’t know, but he told the possibly apocryphal story that, on his first morning, NATO guy was approached by another, excited General, who asked if he’d heard “The Plan” yet.
It seems that there was a list of 7 countries that the US would invade over the following 5 years. He couldn’t seem to keep his facts and/or accusations straight. First he claimed that they were to be invaded for their oil, then it became just so that America could show its power, and control them.
It turned out that the US only went into 6 of the 7. I don’t know or care who produces oil, but I’m sure of one, and suspicious of another, that they don’t. Of course, that still leaves him his ‘bully excuse.’
Then he turned on Israel. The US didn’t need to invade, because they already controlled it. I was going to ask how much oil Israel had, but I remembered that, also about 1991, the Prime Minister of Israel complained, “The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years, and when Moses finally led them to their promised land, he picked the one spot in the region with no oil under it.” And then, a couple of years later, a bit of oil was discovered offshore of their north-western tip.
If the Jews would just ignore those guys in the Gaza, who threw 18,000 rockets at them, and hid behind women and children, all would be peaceful. The Arabs pushed the Jews out of the region in a diaspora, centuries ago, but when the United Nations gave them back a little bit of territory, he felt sorry for the displaced Palestinians, and could support them in their frustration when they promised to use violence to push the Jews back into the sea.
It didn’t even surprise me when he became an apologist for North Korea, going through Libya and Iran to get there. Peter Paranoid Peacenik claimed that both Muammar Khadafy and Saddam Hussein had been threatened by the US, to give up their weapons of mass destruction. They had given them up, and America had still invaded, and ruined both countries. Kim Young Psychopath looks at this and sees what happens to countries that disarm, and decides to keep his nuclear weapons – strictly for peaceful protection.
Neither Khadafy nor Hussein, quietly, peacefully or obediently, gave up their weapons of mass destruction. Libya didn’t even have them. What they had, were training camps for terrorists, to spread death and mayhem among the Western, Christian countries. Libya provided money, food, weapons, training and false documents, until a coalition of countries used bombers to convince Khadafy that it was not a good idea.
While Hussein didn’t have the WMDs that George W. was led to believe he had, he very un-peacefully used regular weapons to invade Kuwait, and set fire to hundreds of oil wells, before the United Nations-led coalition forced the Iranians out.
It’s difficult to understand how someone like this could acquire and justify these points of view. Is it ‘White Man’s Burden’, or is it just wishful thinking and terminal stupidity? The pacifist, Neville Chamberlain returned to England from Berlin in 1938, claiming to have achieved “Peace for our time”, but instead, embroiled most of the Western World in 6 years of nasty war.
‘We,’ – our countries, our militaries, our politicians – are far from perfect (and Donald Trump is pushing the envelope), but I’d far sooner live with/under them, because I can live with them, and not be exterminated simply for having the wrong race, religion or skin color. I’m not stupid. 🙄