Israel's war in Gaza is just,
Hamas must surrender or be eliminated
I invite you to take time to review former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s piece, linked below. It is a thoughtful analysis of the Israel – Hamas war.
There are no civilians or hostages in Gaza. They are all prisoners of war, held in captivity to protect Hamas fighters from assault. They are held in violation of the Geneva conventions on prisoners of war.
The Palestinian Liberty Organization (PLO) has no standing as a state or nation and thus cannot make representations to the international court.
Hamas accuses Israel of the occupation of its lands but cannot prove its ownership. Claiming and owning are not the same thing.
Palestinians are a creation of the Russian KGB and did not exist until July 1968, 19 years after Israel was declared a nation. The Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas in December 1987, 38 years after Israel was recognized as a nation.
I recall watching in horror as the PLO was elected the government of Gaza in January, 2005. Trucks filled with armed troops patrolled the streets during the election which is not part of a free, democratic election. Nevertheless, United Nations observers declared the election valid.
In January 2006 the Palestinian territories held what turned out to be their last parliamentary elections. Hamas won a bare plurality of votes (44 percent to the more moderate Fatah party’s 41 percent) but given the electoral system, a strong majority of seats (74 to 45).
Neither party was keen on sharing power. Fighting broke out between the two. When a unity government was finally formed in June 2007, Hamas broke the deal, started murdering Fatah members and took total control of the Gaza Strip. Those who weren’t killed fled to the West Bank, and the territories have remained split ever since.
Middle east politics is a complicated strife between heavily armed tribal tyrants with a tenuous grip on power and no compunction about murdering those they regard as potential enemies.
Stephen Harper’s editorial in the National Post, Feb. 18. Is worth reading. HERE
Damning report on DEI training
'Divisive, counter-productive, and unnecessary’
We have reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while others are not held responsible for what they are doing today.
Governments have become monolithic, totalitarian, and unresponsive to the needs of the people they are sworn to serve and entrenched in governance of an era where we had very little or no national debt and individuals thrived in an open free-enterprise democracy.
Like many who reach the age of majority well before they acquire maturity, our governments are spending wildly with money we don’t have. The federal debt load for the fiscal year 2023 is measured in trillions, about $1.2 trillion and shows no signs of growing smaller. The federal government is still projecting deficits and with increasing interest rates is now paying more on interest costs than it is spending on healthcare.
Money spent on servicing a growing debt leaves less available for core programs that Canadians depend on.
As young people mature, they gain wisdom from the mistakes they make. No one learns from success. Our governments, federal and provincial, seem incapable of maturing and gleefully repeat the errors they make.
The federal government is growing at a far faster pace than the private sector. That is particularly troubling as the consumers of wealth are outpacing the producers of wealth.
Canada is not alone in facing a likely financial meltdown. A depression is now inevitable. Many nations are starting to make the hard decisions required to avert insolvency and restore democracy. Sadly, Canada is not amongst them.
The Aristotle Foundation released a damning new report authored by Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario associate professor David Haskell that examines existing research to determine whether diversity, equity, and inclusion training actually leads to better outcomes and less bigotry. HERE
Government side of the House of
Commons has no common sense
Coverage for basic pharmacare is estimated to cost $3.5 billion annually. Comprehensive coverage is estimated at $15.3 billion annually.
The government has also proposed a national dental care program to be effective in 2024 at an estimated cost of $13 billion. However, the plan is not universal since it covers those with incomes under $90,000 per year and seniors 72 years and older. It excludes anyone with private dental coverage. Covering the 4.4 million Canadians excluded will drive costs up substantially.
Successive federal governments have presided over the collapse of our health care systems in Canada. They use the Canada Health Act as an excuse to prevent competition in the health care delivery field but the platoons of bureaucrats operating provincial healthcare delivery are not held accountable for errors or bad decisions.
Health care delivery is a provincial jurisdiction. Trudeau and Singh do not have constitutional authority to interfere and stifle healthcare delivery innovation and accountability. Provincial governments employ healthcare delivery personnel. The federal government is out of its driving lane.
The federal government is shirking its responsibilities to provide health care for indigenous people, military personnel, prison inmates, and many others. It is required to maintain military hospitals across the nation to serve those under its care. They have all been turned over to the provinces with the excuse that maintaining military hospital was too expensive. Running provincial hospitals is also too expensive. There is no net gain.
It gets worse – much worse
The federal debt has doubled from $619.3 billion in 2015-16, the first year of Trudeau's government, to $1.2 trillion in 2022-23. It's expected to climb to $1.4 trillion by 2028-29.
With interest rates at a 20-year high, the cost of borrowing has spiked from $20.3 billion in 2020-21 to $46.5 billion in 2022-23. Carrying costs to the federal treasury are projected to reach $60.7 billion in 2028-29.
Money spent on debt servicing means less money available to maintain core services. We are on a runaway roller-coaster ride to a depression. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s assurances that our economy is stable is fiction. Small business bankruptcies are rising rapidly, and small business is the engine of employment in Canada.
Inflation is not under control. Rising costs of living are driving Canadians into poverty. Trudeau’s ever-increasing carbon taxes see to that. The costs of everything we buy or use increases in step with carbon tax increases.
Trudeau, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and their advisors live in a fantasy world detached from reality. They ignore the needs of the people they are sworn to serve. Their concept of leadership is to tax and regulate us rather than serve us. They do not have the common sense or capacity to make tough decisions to qualify as true leaders. Their claims to be victims of circumstance beyond their control is repugnant.
That is precisely the position we find ourselves in but unlike the government we do our best to cope with the situation we face. We can’t avoid responsibility for our welfare or those of our families.
David Thurton’s reported CBC News on Feb. 07 that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Wednesday he warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a recent closed-door meeting that there will be "repercussions" if the government misses the March 1 deadline for tabling pharmacare legislation.
Singh meets with Trudeau occasionally to discuss the terms of the supply and confidence agreement between their two parties, which sees New Democrats support the government on key votes in the House of Commons in exchange for movement on policy priorities. Singh described the Monday meeting as "tough."
"I made it clear to the PM that we expect legislation, and we expect the government to take steps to go beyond that, and we expect that by the first of March," Singh told reporters on Parliament Hill.
"I put him on notice ... If not, there will be repercussions." Full Report
DEI is a subversive attack on free democracies worldwide
“Diversity—through the lenses of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, and beyond—can help to strengthen organizations, as studies have shown time and again. Quite simply, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is used to describe three values that many organizations today strive to embody to help meet the needs of people from all walks of life. The focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion in business and society.”
There are many explanations of exactly what DEI means and the above is as good as any I have found. It is Marxist rubbish designed to replace the value of individuals for the measure of the lowest common denominator. There is no nation that has adopted this version of communism that has done so successfully. Ultimately, the population shares in a common misery under totalitarian rule. It is a living example of a clutch of elitists being more equal than others.
The totalitarian core thrives in riches, protected by a well-paid army and subservient police force. There is no justice system to protect citizens. Those considered enemies are imprisoned and tortured or murdered. People are encouraged to report one another for alleged threats to the elitists in return for favours. The result is massive distrust within society which makes it more manageable.
People of every imaginable combination of ethnicity and belief have not just thrived but excelled in every imaginable endeavour from the arts to zoology in free democracies. Those who understand the value of arduous work, adherence to principles, and a belief that they can succeed if they apply themselves excel in their chosen professions.
Our media loves to regale us with ‘firsts’ – the first person of colour to fill a given position, for example. What rubbish! It is really a belated and grudging acceptance of reality by those in power.
One common trait of those who stive to better themselves is an ability for self-criticism. They understand their limitations. Many have spent a lifetime fighting against hidden barriers successfully, improving themselves and society.
We meet them regularly without recognizing their achievements. Whether its is a medical professional engaged in our treatment, or an electrician, plumber or carpenter who takes pride in their profession does their work accordingly, they are successful. We all benefit.
Envy is a corrosive emotion that eventually consumes those who envy. They are unwilling to expend the effort and sacrifice required to succeed and turn to the blame game. It is best described as an opportunity missed because it arrives in overalls and looks like work. Those with the determination and grit to succeed embrace the opportunity.
Currently, I watch with amusement DEI proponents blame white males and colonialism for all the ills of society. Our society is continually evolving. As we discover that truisms of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are flawed, we discard them and strive to do better. An outstanding example is government rule as opposed to government service. Every four years of so we are inundated for three to six months of intense communications from political parties telling us how they plan to improve our lives if we only give them the power to do so.
For the next 42 to 45 months good luck with communicating with any elected person. Those who do succeed find the elected person has little of no interest in solving problems. Their focus is on getting re-elected to retain the benefits of elected office.
Wash, rinse, repeat. What we find is that the party elected to power does as it pleases and ignores election period promises. We find that changes over the period between elections are exceedingly small and rarely to our benefit. Currently we find our situation is more precarious with each passing month.
Canada belongs to Canadians, and we decide what powers we are willing to allow our civic, provincial, and federal governments to have. Political parties strive to control us through legislation and regulations and m, and access to our incomes so they can tax us into oblivion. They are succeeding.
Ignoring or shunning politics is no longer an option. Either we demand accountability that long ago fled the halls of power or succumb to totalitarianism in place of democratic governance. We are too far down the road to Marxism to remain complacent.
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This is the grandest hoax ever perpetrated by Iran. There is no country or nation of Palestine. There are no civilians in Gaza. They are prisoners of war held as human shields to protect Hamas terrorists.
There are no hostages. They too are prisoners of war held as bargaining chips in violation of the Geneva conference on the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs).
There was once a Palestinian territory ruled first by the Roman Empire and later by the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. Following WWI, Great Britain and France were determined to ensure the demise of the Ottomans and seized control over the territory, splitting the area in two with each controlling half.
In 1917 the British established a homeland for Jews in Israel, roughly parallelling the ancient nation of Judea. The Balfore Declaration was messy and vague which has resulted in controversy.
Following WWII, neither Britain nor France wanted to continue responsibility for the Palestinian territory. WWII had bankrupted them. They had cartographers draft up nations much as we know them today.
Difficulties arose as the Palestinian territories had always been tribal, ruled by strongman, and the new nations all had a mix of tribes who did not get along. In most cases the majority won out and minor tribes were absorbed and usually mistreated.
In 1926, radical elements from Egypt formed the Muslim Brotherhood, declaring that Iran would never allow itself to be conquered. Islamist in orientation, it advocated a return to the Quran and the Hadith as guidelines for a healthy modern Islamic society. The Brotherhood spread rapidly throughout Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, and North Africa. Although figures of Brotherhood membership are variable, it is estimated that at its height in the late 1940s it may have had some 500,000 members.
The brotherhood remains active throughout the world, and has evolved into a sophisticated spy network for Iran.
The Muslim Brotherhood gradually grew more and more militant and created a military wing that sought to overthrow various Middle East governments. This led to more dispersal of Brotherhood members from the Middle East to Western and European nations.
In 1941, the Grand Mufti (religious leader) of tribes in the Middle East visited Hitler with the objective of forming an alliance with Germany and Italy based on their mutual hatred of Jews. Hitler refused an alliance as premature. He was inclined to view Arabs as inferior rather then as allies, refusing to shake the Mufti’s hand or to drink coffee with him.
Hitler provided the Mufti with a budget of 750,000 Reichsmark per month to foment a jihad (holy war) in the territory. Hitler had already formed an alliance with Muslim Brotherhood radicals who suited his purposes as the Brotherhood was ardently anti-western. The concept of jihad disruptions in host nations continues today.
Palestinians are a creation of the Russian KGB and its agent, Yassir Arafat. Arafat was head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and Palestinians came in to being when the PLO issued its Charter in July 1968.
In 1952 the Brotherhood was forced underground by the Egyptian government. In 1954, Egypt sentenced numerous Brotherhood members to death and imprisoned many others. Many members fled to various nations, including the USA, Canada and most European nations.
Ultimately the Brotherhood created Hamas in December 1987. Hamas is dedicated to the extermination of all non-Islamic people worldwide. It is significant that Hamas was able to start pro-Palestinian protests in various nations before news of the October 6, 2023 terrorist massacre had been distributed through the media. The Brotherhood is well funded by billionaires’ intent on creating a new world order and the Brotherhood is adept at keeping us fighting with one another.
The notion that groups of visible minorities cannot succeed without Marxist efforts to impose an artificial equality of numbers rather than hiring and promoting based on merit is rubbish.
People of every ethnic background and religion have thrived in a free democracy and are successful in every endeavour. From the arts to philosophy to politics to science and zoology, people representing minority groups have exhibited their ability to excel at their chosen profession.
Perhaps the hoax could be laid to rest if the entire membership of one of our university Palestinian protests were rounded up, loaded on a military transport and left to fend for themselves in President Bashar al-Assad’s Syria where women have no rights, gays are routinely hanged or murdered, and all, young and old must adopt Islam or perish. Women accused of infidelity are routinely stoned to death. Sharia law is unforgiving. See Goldstein
Government & media lie #1 - The Jews Occupy Palestine
There is no country or nation called Palestine. There was once a region of the Middle East referred to as Palestine, ruled first by the Romans and later by the Ottomans, and following WWI, by the British and French. Various Arab tribes and following WWII Arab Nations occupied what had been the Palestinian region. There were no Palestinians – they had not been invented yet.
Government & media lie #2 – There are Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
Gaza is not a democracy. Gaza is controlled by Hamas terrorists who hold the population as human shields to protect their fighters from enemies. They are prisoners of war.
Government and media lie #3 – Israel violates the Rules of War.
Israel goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize non-combatant casualties which include the prisoners of war held by Hamas. Hamas violates the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war (PoWs).
Government and media lie #4 – Palestinians are in need of humanitarian aid.
The Geneva Convention on PoWs requires that if captured, they are to be sent back to their side as soon as possible. The Convention's 143 articles require that POWs be treated humanely, adequately housed, and receive sufficient food, clothing, and medical care. That is not happening in Gaza. Captives are abused and murdered. Hamas is not a nation and cannot be held to account.
Government and media lie #5 – Hamas has captured hostages.
Hamas ‘hostages’ are prisoners of war. They are held to protect Hamas terrorists and mistreated by Hamas in violation of the Geneva Convention. Hamas refuses to allow any neutral party to visit PoWs to verify their reasonable treatment.
Government and media lie #6 – Cease-fires are working.
Cease-fires work for Hamas, which can move PoWs around to make it harder for the IDF to find and release. Hamas also sets up ambushes for IDF troops.
Government and media lie #7 - Women and children are being killed by the IDF.
This is a breathtaking double standard and outright fiction. Various Iranian terrorist factions in Gaza, Lebanon, and the West Bank are raining rockets into Israel and those not intercepted by the IDF kill people indiscriminately, including women and children.
Government and Media lie #8 - the Red Cross is an honest broker.
During the 1982 IDF invasion of Southern Lebanon, designed to drive the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) out of the area, the Red Cross (aka the Red Crescent in some Arab states) was caught transmitting information on IDF positions and armaments to Hezbollah.
Government and media lie #9 – Palestinians have been around forever.
Palestinians are an invention of the Russian KGB under the direction of its chef agent, Yasser Arafat.
Palestinians were created by the PLO when it released its Charter in July 1964 – nearly 60 years ago and included clauses calling for the genocide of all residents if Israel. PLO supporters are advocating the genocide of Jews. What free democracy would even consider, let alone support genocide?
Do an search of the name Yasser Arafat to get an idea of his terrorist involvement.
Government and media lie #10 – Palestinians are victims of Western Nations' aggression.
The gambit is to convince us that we should be ashamed of ourselves for mistreating Palestinians and owe them a debt. World geopolitical strife has played a part, but there are many players, primarily enemies of Western Nations. The geopolitical wars rage on and power balances are shifting. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are working together in a new axis of evil.
We are engaged in a battle between good and evil, with evil represented by Iran and its terrorist proxies. The young people parading in our streets screaming that we must free Palestine are woefully (and deliberately) ignorant of the history of the Middle East.
The Muslim Brotherhood, formed in 1926 is the worldwide intelligence arm of Iran, and long ago inserted itself in all aspects of Western democracies. Its aim is world domination. It is well-funded by billionaires bent on the destruction of democracies. The Brotherhood has grown increasingly militant and is the creator of Hamas.
In 1941 the Grand Mufti (Islamic Chief Cleric) met with various Nazi luminaries, including Hitler. His objective was to ally with Germany and Italy in their mutual hatred of Jews.
Hitler had a plan to extend the Holocaust to the Middle East and had allied with Arab nationalists. This is perhaps why Hitler met with the Mufti and provided him a budget of 750,000 Reichsmarks per month to foment a jihad in Palestine. The alliance did not alter Hitler’s racist views toward Arabs reflected in his refusal to shake the Mufti’s hand or drink coffee with him.
Take note – Hitler’s funding was aimed at creating a Jihad (Holy War) to disrupt nations in the region, specifically Israel. This disruption continues unabated in dozens of nations today.
Protests favouring Palestinians are turning against Christians, disrupting holiday shoppers and bypasses while turning on and attacking police officers trying to keep the peace. It is an expected extension of the hoax but saddening. Many people been taken in by unrelenting Iraqi propaganda. Iraq aims to keep us fractured and fighting one another instead of standing together to confront the evil it represents.
We never see references to the Muslim Brotherhood in any Western media. That is disgusting since it is active in most nations including Canada. We have a terrorist faction active in our population fomenting hatred of Jews. The Brotherhood is unwelcome in most Arab states as it is uncontrollable. Iran provided Hamas with about 60,000 fighters trained from infancy to delight in killing Jews and that led to the barbaric massacre of some 1,100 Israelis and the capture of hostages (prisoners of war) on October 6, 2023. In one day, we reverted to the Stone Age of 12,000 years ago.
Our safety and security as a nation have been compromised. It can happen here. I will write further on the Islamic Brotherhood soon. It is too complex to fully cover here.