Weapons of War

On my CP24, 24 hour weather and sports channel I’m informed that Germany’s chancellor wants China to join arms control talks but wishes that the US would keep fighting in Syria. Arms control would have meaning if the manufacturing  of arms could be controlled. Even though Mr. Trump wants out of Syria he wants to purchase more arms than any country on earth to make America’s military untouchable and America great again for which he is borrowing more money than I can count.

Arms or weapons, are manufactured  and marketed fighting implements, not transformed from plough shares. Their purpose is to intimidate and destroy anyone who might challenge  control of peoples and territories. As long as there are territories to control and weapons manufacturers to profit, weapons agreements may postpone conflicts with but cannot limit the amassing of weaponry.

Where is Canada?

Like the United States Canada, land of The Consumer – Traveler enticed by world marketers may not exist as a nation.

In his recent visit to India Canada’s Defence minister is accused of being a Sikh nationalist – Sikh nationalism,  associated with Canadian soldiers 2 1/2 years ago in Canada’s The National Post, not Canadian nationalism.

 

“Ottawa quietly apologized to India after Canadian soldiers appeared with posters of Sikh radicals at temple”

Peter O’Neil, Postmedia News | December 15, 2014 | Last Updated: Jan 24 4:25 PM ET
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Looking For America

Since Donald Trump became the Republican candidate for president, whenever I put his name into the Google box; at the top of my search results page I get British media headers from The Independent and The Guardian which have begun to replace the New York Times‘ Trump vitriol so that I now find myself looking for American commentary to get American reaction to American events and not British, Canadian (Toronto Star) and Australian snide snipers’ opinions, I sometimes even seek The New York Times which I once gave up on for real analysis of political events in the U.S.A..

So many of these foreign media organizations have been outnumbering American media that I’d begun suspecting that the U.S.A. had ceased to exist, and is just one more ghostly destination for globe-trotting internationalists – like Canada maybe.

The header below makes me think that there may be some truth to my fanciful hypothesis.

“UC Davis student leaders say American flag display should be optional at meetings”

“Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article145130714.html#storylink=cpy”

When did it happen?

President Trump and supporters are too late. The world has changed. Citizens used to be of a nation. Today people are citizens of world government. Whenever Canada’s government acts in the interest of a Canadian overseas I’ve often  been surprised that the Canadian was originally a citizen born in the country they needed protection from.

I remember how difficult it used to be to get into the United States to play drums. The only way you could get over the border was to find a booking agent with immigration connections. Then the gate slammed shut. Someone said our international musicians union was blocking us – the competition. That was a long time ago.

 

Is there a positive or at least an objective U.S. opinion out there?

At 8:30 am on January 29, 2017 when I put “travel ban” into the Google search box  the following  3 headers are at the top of page 1 search results. Two are from Canada and the top item is from The Guardian of Britain.
Donald Trump defends Muslim-countries travel ban amid protests: ‘our country needs strong borders’ – live
The Guardian · 4 mins ago
Temporary block of deportations won’t affect Trump’s overall travel ban, Homeland Security says
CBC.ca · 55 mins ago
Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Muslim-majority countries causes anger, chaos in U.S. and abroad
The Globe and Mail · 7 hours ago
From Canada it appears that media complaints about President Trump have been coming from Great Britain, Australia and Canada often at least as many as from U.S.media and sometimes more as it seems today. Canada seems especially concerned about actions against Mexico, and the ban on people traveling from  Mid East countries to the U.S.A..
The problem that faces the travel ban is that when the travelers banned are refugees they may have resulted from the destruction of Iraq and Libya and the bombing of Syria.
The other difficulty arises from the existence throughout North America of the Mid Eastern people who have long become part of the fabric of our societies, certainly in Ontario Canada, who may sympathize with relatives and others  subject to the ban with whom they share a common background.
Maybe the greater problem is that no online expert, scientist, politician or journalist can write anything objective about the ban. Everything I’ve seen seems an expression of self interest and hatred of President Trump.

So What’s a Nation?

“…A nation? says Bloom. A nation is the same people living in the same place.
— By God, then, says Ned, laughing, if that’s so I’m a nation for I’m living in the same place for the past five years…”
(Leopold Bloom and Ned Lambert of 1904 Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses)

Tony Blair former British Labour Prime Minister expresses a faith in a notion of globalism that marries economics and trade with religion and spirit. But enthusiasm for global connectedness ignores the basis of most civil institutions’ separateness: language, custom, law, and even national religion. For a nation‘s characteristics are manifest in the ways individuals are taught to behave and think in accord with their countries’ institutions. So despite global trade’s sometimes overruling such principles of national, civil behaviour, the struggle for nationhood continues. In Palestine of the Middle East, in African territories, in Canada’s Quebec and even in Texas of the USA, almost as an anachronism of modern Europe in this contemporary world where national tariff confines are bending and dissolving in a sea of international manufacturing, the desire to maintain a state identity persists. Ignoring prospects for gain made possible by global trade a strange preoccupation with where you’re from and what people make and do there still seems a greater concern for many than getting more than one’s neighbours have in the global market place.