It’s hard to describe the range of emotions we feel at this moment. Deep sadness, shock, anger, hopelessness, helplessness, revulsion, horror, rage. We, your Canadian cousins, share those feelings.
Racist-In-Chief, White Supremacist-In-Chief Donald Trump, encourages these very attacks at his frequent Nuremberg 2.0 Rallies and in his daily Twitter and TV comments. He also distances himself from them, accusing Democrats of causing the turmoil. His anti-immigrant, anti-people of color dog whistles are no longer subtle. His base knows what he’s talking about. Trump’s flying monkeys delivered the same Joseph Goebbels propaganda talking-points across Sunday TV news programs today.
Putin’s GOP talking heads, joined White House advisers like Mick Mulvaney and Kelly Anne Conway in gaslighting Americans yet again. Make no mistake, the Republicans have become the American White Supremacist Party. Make no mistake, this is all part of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game – Destroy America From Within.
The Kremlin has directly bankrolled the NRA, its leaders, GOP politicians, armed militias and Alt Right fringe groups, with cash. Indirectly, Putin has weaponized the internet and social media – the platforms of choice for these Second Amendment Bible-thumping extremists. And let’s be clear, these extremists ARE Domestic Terrorists. They are White Supremacist Domestic Terrorists.
Anarchist, Trumpanzee and Putin Proxy Steve Bannon, was one of the Vice Presidents of the SLC hybrid Cambridge Analytica Aggregate IQ, the Big Data firm that Robert and Rebekah Mercer created. While he was working with Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale and others on the Trump Campaign, Bannon was also working with Nigel Farage, Arron Banks and others, on the British BREXIT debacle. Through him and the Brexit Party, Putin helped install Kremlin hack Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, ousting Theresa May.
The ubiquitous Steve Bannon has also been fanning the flames of White Supremacist Populism in Europe: Italy (Matteo Salvini) France (Marine Le Pen), Germany (AfD Bjoern Hoecke) and Hungary( Prime Minister Viktor Orban). Anarchy after all, is chaos, and creating chaos is Steve Bannon and Vladimir Putin’s most effective weapon.
Vladimir Putin was a KGB intelligence officer for 16 years before becoming the head of the FSB, the post-Soviet incarnation of the KGB, under the late President Boris Yeltsin. He was “re-elected” for a fourth term as Russian President, in March 2018. There is nothing that Putin wants more, than to re-absorb the former Soviet satellite states, preside over the demise of America and Britain, and Make Russia Great Again. That – and become Emperor For Life.
Yesterday, Traitor-In-Chief, Fake President Trump stayed in his hotel and tweeted hateful comments to Californians while their state became an inferno. Others, REAL Leaders honored those who served and died, to defend Democracy. They attended memorial services across France.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Vimy Ridge Memorial, where he laid a wreath and made a heart-felt speech in the pouring rain. Vimy holds a special place in Canadian’s hearts and consciousness. 66,000 fought and died during World War One. The Canadian Expeditionary Force served with distinction.
They fought heroically at the Battle of Arras, wherein lies Vimy Ridge, and on other bloody battlefields across Europe. On the 11th hour of the 11th day, Armistice Day, we remember their sacrifice during the Great War. We said Never Again.
Canada itself had only become a nation in 1867. At the start of World War 1 in 1914, Canada’s population was just under 8 million. Over 619,000 Canadians enlisted and served, both at home and abroad. Putting that into context, our losses were staggering. While so many perished on the battlefield, many came home alive, but irreparably damaged.
World War 1 was the first major global conflict in which chemical weapons were used. In this case mustard gas, phosgene gas, chlorine gas and tear gas were deployed with deadly and life-changing consequences. The newly invented machine gun and bombs propelled the permanent need for on-site amputations of arms and legs. The number of those surgeries was astronomical. Shell Shock became the euphemism for PTSD. Needless to say, those who survived the Great War, came home with serious untreated mental health issues that they never talked about. Those issues haunted them to their grave. The painting below is by renowned artist John Singer Sargent…
The Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and the Canadian Army Nursing Service performed heroically on the European battlefields. They had previously distinguished themselves attending to Canadian soldiers in South Africa, during the Boer War (1899-1902) and at home.
Canada Remembers because the Battle to Save Democracy NEVER Ends.
That is why my Russian grandfather fled the Jewish Pogroms, joined the French Foreign Legion, then joined the British Army and fought in WWI. He eventually made his way to Canada, where he worked and raised a family. My father, his son, served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2, working on dangerous North Atlantic convoys. Two of his brothers served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. One became an acclaimed war artist, whose paintings of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Hamburg and Hanover, hang in the National War Museum in Ottawa. What he witnessed, haunted him for the rest of his life.
Canadians have always had our American Cousin’s backs, never more so than today. We have served in the trenches of every major global conflict, with our American Cousins.
That is why it is so important, perhaps even more important today, to continue the Fight To Save Democracy. Make no mistake, nothing less than global Democracy is at stake in these perilous times. As Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump, meets with his master in France, the Republican Party that is no longer the Party of Lincoln, helped install him. We must understand that while many of the battlefields have changed, the battles are just as bloody.
Putin has weaponized social media and the internet. As he masses forces on Ukraine, Belarus, Polish, Finland & other borders, he has become the de facto ruler of Syria. He and Bashar Al Assad have bombed the Syrian People into oblivion. Putin is playing all sides against each other, hoping to draw America, Iran, Israel, Syria and Saudi Arabia into an all-out Middle East war. He has created chaos everywhere.
He finances and manipulates White Supremacists and domestic terrorists in Europe and North America, uses his own mercenaries in Africa and elsewhere. Very quietly, Putin has taken over much of the Arctic. His newest ice-breaking nuclear submarines have disappeared off the radar, but my money’s on them being in the Arctic, where drilling for oil has become a priority.
He and his cronies the Russian Oligarchs have looted and pillaged Russia. They have become obscenely wealthy, at the expense of the Russian people. The economy has fallen flat. His propaganda machine is in overdrive. Once again the Russian people are at the mercy of a cold-blooded tyrant who is murdering his opposition, with impunity. My Russian grandfather is turning over in his grave.
Robert Mueller, his team of Trump Russia Investigators, other intelligence agencies, judicial bodies, investigative journalists – foreign and domestic, Allies around the World and concerned citizens everywhere, have a part to play in the Battle to Save Democracy. Now is The Time For All True Patriots To Come To The Aid Of Their Country – On this Remembrance Day 2018, Never Again is NOW!
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In Flanders Field was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, in 1915. It was written after the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. Since World War One, the Canadian Legion, Canada’s War Amps, the Vimy Foundation, Veterans Affairs and others have played an important role in addressing Veterans needs, and making sure that their contributions to preserving Democracy are honored, from generation to generation.
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