Here we are again at month's end waiting for Canadian real estate data from May to come out.
I wonder if we should invest in socially sustainable production rather than use up our credit on consumption. Just sayin'...
The stimulus for this post was the Globe & Mail May 27th online report that "Ottawa aims to keep lid on details of Saudi arms deal"
I began to inquire into Canada's military industrial complex in 2013 to look for some correlation to the speculative craze that Canadians have relentlessly pursued in real estate. Vice also poked the arms trade story in 2014 "Canada Is Ramping Up its Arms Exporting Trade"
The only correlation I can offer is the insanity of our broken system that refuses to criticize religious beliefs held without evidence of their veracity (both theirs and ours) and the invented primacy of private property rights that allow transnational corporations the legitimacy to wage war via government proxy.
In my March 2013 "Guns or Butter" post, I included charts of then current PMI and GDP along with various quotes from newswires like the Huffington Post that underscored the obvious "...the production and trade of military goods is powerfully influenced by governments".
The point is, a modern Political class is deeply wedded to corporate mercantilism and opportunism and since no one wants the political chore of discussing the question of who benefits from murdering foreigners in their own land, the protocol from the top down, becomes silence (keep a lid on it) or worse moral confusion (it's ok to supply arms to a country that "has a persistent record of serious violation of the human rights of their citizens" even though it also violates Canada's export regulations).
Let voters instead churn about in the blogosphere over the "foreign invasion" into Canadian real estate as diversion to the horror of war with the side benefit of maintaining the fear of the other.
1984 - The Purpose of War
Addendum - June 2, 2015
Andrew Cockburn chronicles how U.S. drones complete Obama’s Kill Chain. Source: The Georgia Straight by Travis Lupick on May 27th, 2015
The United States military’s desire to kill without putting its soldiers at risk began earlier than many realize. In Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, veteran Washington reporter Andrew Cockburn begins the story of America’s modern assassination program in the 1960s, on the Ho Chi Minh trail in North Vietnam.
Neither the technology nor public opinion was ready, he writes. “Amid the general horrors of the war, the specter of an automated battlefield, in which targets were selected and struck by remote control, touched a sensitive public nerve.”
Forty years later, in the wake of the September 2001 attack that sparked the “war on terror”, both technological capability and the American public had caught up with the military’s ambitions. Cockburn traces those parallel paths, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of the first Gulf War and through the skies of Yugoslavia.
Finally came the presidency of George W. Bush and “terrorism”, a new and omnipotent enemy that required new tactics to contain. “An old idea had found its time,” Cockburn states. Soon after, the capabilities of the machines surpassed the moral attitudes of the humans who controlled them.
And so today in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria, U.S. Predator and Reaper drones fly overhead, often not even targeting people but instead hunting digital signatures left by their sim cards, creating an “involuntary posthumous enlistment” of every military-age male killed by an American missile.
The picture that emerges is one of a global assassination program with no civilian casualties—as far as the American public is concerned—all made possible by technical advances every bit as impressive as the feat itself.
“A single Global Hawk drone requires five times as much bandwidth as that used by the entire U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War,” Cockburn notes.
That’s not to say humans are removed from the situation. They sit in air-conditioned bases in Florida, for example, conducting “signature strike” operations against nameless bodies that match a profile.
To fly a single Predator drone requires a support staff of 168 people, Cockburn reveals, and to keep one new Reaper drone in the air, 171.
This equipment’s reliance on so many human bodies is not a weakness but a strength that ensures its survival, Cockburn concludes. The United States’ assassination program has become an industry that employs thousands. The politicians, the civilian contractors, and the generals buying these technological marvels, they are all “inmates of the military industrial complex”.
Here is journalist Andrew Cockburn in conversation with Alyona Minkovski from HuffPost Live on April 16, 2015 discussing Andrew's new book, "Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins," and the evolution of technology in warfare.
Bill Hicks - War In Iraq