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Thursday, 08 June 2006 06:14

2006 June 8

Canada Out Now! Call for Immediate Withdrawal from Afghanistan

PEJ News - Joan Russow (PhD), Global Compliance Research Project - Call for the immediate withdrawal of the Canadian Military from the war in Afghanistan

Canada's joining in the offensive invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 gave support not to the rule of international law but to the skewed US act of revenge. Canada's participation in an increasingly offensive role in Afghanistan has been primarily to placate and appease the American administration for Canada's non-participation in the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq.

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call for the immediate withdrawal of the Canadian Military from the war in Afghanistan
Joan Russow (PhD)

Global Compliance Research Project

Canada's joining in the offensive invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 gave support not to the rule of international law but to the skewed US act of revenge. Canada's participation in an increasingly offensive role in Afghanistan has been primarily to placate and appease the American administration for Canada's non-participation in the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq.

Most Canadians do not want deep military integration with a country, like the US, that continues to maintain over 750 military bases around the world, that demonizes nations by placing them on an axis of evil, that promulgates Christian fundamentalism, rapture, dispensationalism, or that misrepresents and lies to its public and its troops about reasons for going to war.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that few Canadians feel comfortable with Canada being perceived to be a war monger, joining in ill-conceived US-led invasions, endless occupations. Most Canadians are in a state of disbelief when they see, in the name of "Enduring Freedom", the Canadian military adopting in US-kick-in-the-door tactics or US bind-and-line-em-up-display of captives .

Canadians do not want to be complicit in the US violation of the Convention Against Torture- including the rendering of captives, the Geneva Convention related to the protection of civilians, the Geneva Protocol on Prohibited Weapons such as depleted uranium, or of the Convention on Land Mines. Few Canadians want the federal government and its agents engaging in racial profiling and detaining "persons of interest", in being complicit in rendering of prisoners. No amount of re-defining Canada's offensive actions in Afghanistan as being anything but war, will absolve Canada from its international obligations and commitments.

Unfortunately, with the recent arrests under the Anti-terrorism Act, many Canadians will be willing to deny civil and political rights and support even the strengthening of the powers under the Anti-terrorism Act and even in abandoning years of the best aspects of multicultural programming.

The right wing has created a chill in Canada; Anyone who suggests that Canada will be increasingly vulnerable as a target because of Canada's increased military integration with the US, or because of Canada's increasingly offensive role in Afghanistan, will be dismissed as misconstruing the attacks on England, Spain, Bali (targeting Australians) -- all members of the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq. Militarism is becoming so entrenched in Canada that the right wing feels comfortable declaring withdrawal from Canada's participation in the Afghan war would be a demonstration of weakness

The right wing in Canada perpetuates the myth that Canada's International reputation and identity on the international stage depend on its military prowess, and mistakenly on Canada's collaboration with the US. Contrary to that perception, Canada has only been perceived to have a real identity internationally when Canada stands firmly for the rule of international law, and demonstrates compliance with obligations incurred through treaties, Conventions and covenants, and with commitment made through UN Conference Action plans, and with expectations created though UN General Assembly Resolutions. At international conferences, the US has sadly distinguished itself as a rogue state in defiance of the rule of international law.

Canada's international reputation identity and security depend not on its contribution to global militarism (or to "human security", which has been extended to "humanitarian intervention" or "responsibility to protect"- all guises to justify the increased build-up of the military arsenal, and the flourishing of the arms' trade) but on the pursuit of true security.

True security is "common security".: peace, human rights, environment and social justice within the framework and rule of international law. The concept of "Common security" was initially proposed by Olaf Palme, former President of Sweden.

"Common security" could be extended to include the following objectives:

? to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to universally accessible not for profit health care system , right to education and social justice;
? to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development;
? to achieve a state of peace, social justice and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses
? to create a global structure that respects the rule of law ; and
? to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose reduce the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.
within a framework of international law.

The Majority in Parliament should come out strongly in favour of "Common Security" and call for the immediate withdrawal of the Canadian Military from Afghanistan, and the re-allocation of a significant portion of the military budget to promote Common security.

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