The 'people of the past': murdering in the name of blue-eyed, blond-haired supremacy
By ENA BOUTLIER
26 November 2006 Chronicle Herald Saturday, 25 November 2006
Headline: "Nova Scotia's Hardcore Medic: Springhill's Fretter brings both giggles, toughness to posting duty in Panjwaii" by Bill Graveland, Canadian Press, in The Chronicle Herald as well as the Halifax Daily News and other newspapers across Canada
HALIFAX (3 December 2004) - THIS BIZARRE piece of pro-war propaganda is laden with both racist and ethnocentric sentiment combined with overt sexism and female objectification that trivialises war and human suffering. The female medic, a mother of five, indicates that members of the Afghan Army "are forever begging her to pose for pictures with them" because of her "... 'blond hair and blue eyes'."
"'They don't get to see much of that here. The boys keep teasing me that they're lining their grape huts with my picture just like they do with their porn for their vehicles', she giggled. 'They think its cool that I have a gun and I stand there with my rifle and do action poses. I've had at least 200 photographs so I'm a pinup for the Canadian army'."
The article goes on: "But look behind the aesthetics and you'll find someone who has been in the heat of action and watched close friends die. 'I've never hated anyone in my life until my buddies started dying and there's nothing in the world that can bring them back'But the words sounded little like those of a medic. 'There is satisfaction that these people are not going tot be able to do it again. We're pushing them back as far as we can every time we get a chance to go out there. The Americans call it hunting".
About treating "enemy" combatants, she says "We treat them because we have to but there's not one person who will say they want to".
The blood lust and lack of human empathy, and the fact that Canada is taking orders from United States is further reinforced by the report highlighting a visit from an American female medic who is also serving in Afghanistan. After visiting the medic of the story, the US medic's heart-warming comment was: "We haven had any Canadian casualties - only civilian causalities - its kind of a rush when it happens". God help the people who are treated by such barbarians parading as doctors (and obviously not doctors without borders!).
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TWENTY YEARS AGO I and some of my friends were in Canada World Youth. It was always inculcated in us how proud we were to have our flag on our oversized back packs as we travelled across the globe (and how this was in contrast to the intense shame associated with the flag of the United States). We may have been a bit naive about the reality of Canadian history then, but nowadays it is unlikely that any young conscious Canadian would want to bear their flags when they travel.
The Canadian bourgeoisie have positioned Canada to serve US interests during the two decade, predictable movement of capital away from the west to the east and the neo-liberal arrangements that simultaneously try to protect the US dollar and benefit from the new markets. It has carried various legal manoeuvrings to undermine Canadian sovereignty and annex the country to the United States. Its military endeavours during the formation of these new arrangements have aligned Canada more and more with US methods, tactics and racist notions. Who can forget one poignant example from a decade or so ago - the 16-year-old Somali boy who stole some food from the Canadian peace-keeping stores? When caught, he was severely tortured for hours one night, photographed as a humiliating trophy piece, and then murdered by the Canadian peace keepers. His grieving parents were given some goats as compensation for the loss of their dear child.
Such military women and men emerged from the advanced stages of an industrial capitalist complex in which humans are reduced to brutes with no culture, with no notion of right and wrong, whose satisfactions are filled through consumption of products produced in countries where industrial capitalism is in its early forms. In short, these people manifest the dialectic of the shift of capital to the east, and the morbid symptoms of a society in decline, of a society that has exhausted its originality and its potential to contribute anything new to humanity. These are the sons and daughters of a Canada that has over the past two decades, modelled itself after United States, through tax cuts and cut backs in all social spending, closure of schools and hospitals, and the production of a generation of self-centred personalities driven by the morality of narcissism and consumption, with morbid urges to fill the emptiness that exists in their spirit, from shopping at Wal-Mart to watching a United States media of sex and violence. Of course these actions have also irresistibly produced a heightened level of consciousness among many women, workers and youth, who are fighting for a society fit for human beings to live in, a New Canada. These people, who, to echo Gorky, I will call: the People of the Future.
The People of the Past, like the medic and mother of five highlighted in this article, the Americans "hunting" for human flesh in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ghoulish Germans exhibiting themselves with human skulls, and all those who would support the agenda of the global bourgeoisie, are now being told that they are murdering in the name of blue-eyed, blond-haired supremacy; even the esteemed value of patriotism does not work on this generation!
God help the children who must bear witness to these thugs of civilised society invading their country and murdering and humiliating their parents and grand parents. God help the innocent women and children who die in the name of democracy; democracy, as one CBC documentary indicated some time ago, epitomized in the form of "liberating" beauty salon entrepreneurial types cropping up in the cities, to replace the terrible feudal oppression of the burka.
I take the bus every day, I see the shabby state that many Canadian youth are in as compared to countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. There is not a shred of humanity in them. Not even a dim glow of empathy and warmth. They have been stripped of their humanity by a ruthless capitalist system that offers them nothing. It is no wonder then that it is so easy for them to go so far away to Afghanistan and kill off "the other." It is easy to practice misogyny (woman hating) for Canada, a place where single mothers experience worst poverty than anywhere else in the world, where domestic violence is a crisis, and where young girls are born and bred to think of themselves as sexual objects who hate their own bodies. This is the democracy that Canada is offering to bring to Afghanistan?
Am I reading too much into this? I don't think so. This kind of journalism from the Canadian Press and serialized in the mass media across Canada does form public opinion about "the other" by many who read it in an insidious manner that naturalizes notions of people other than the Euro settler ideal type. It is precisely this kind of journalism that is going to lead to the racist acts of violence against immigrants, Blacks and Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia, for example. And above all, it yet again attempts to fool Canadian people that we are fighting for the so-called "Canadian values" and "fighting for our country" (which in this case has been abstracted into a racial type: blonde-haired and blue-eyed) when in reality "we" are being used to serve the interests of imperialism, the formation of massive trade blocks, the creation of financial oligarchy, the development of global monopolies, the fact that surplus production becomes less important than capital surplus generation as it moves across borders (surplus profit created through investment and moving capital), and indeed the inevitable clash of these forces in the search for new markets and cheap labour in the useless attempt to diminish the variable costs of labour with the constant cost of technological increase (decline in rate of profit). All these features, laid out by VI Lenin in Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism, are in motion here and now.
The global bourgeoisie are a block to progress and we are witnessing their death throes. They have the world living in gutters, while they, the global one per cent, have icing on their cake with blond-haired bimbos to boot. They are on their last legs and are desperately trying to keep the mass of humanity away from the social product to keep afloat a bit longer; yet their time is running out and they can sense it. The dam they have erected is weakening against the pressure of the People of the Future; those who see beyond the dominant hegemony, who have extricated themselves from their historical crib if you will, and who are vigorously on the path to progress to make society fit for human beings to live in.
All honour to the people of Afghanistan!
Canada, get out of Afghanistan!
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