Canada Election 2019 – military spending

Considerations for the upcoming Canadian federal election: Military spending. How much, how more ? when will this turn around and some of those wasted dollars be spent on important environmental programs ? [Environment Canada spending pecked at 1.8 billion 2018.] DND – Department of National Defence of Canada – 32 billion spending 2018, for what ? for what purpose ? Good question, discussed in our paper COMMON GROUND, a free magazine. [Article by W.S. Geimer: “For what purpose ? “]

DND ongoing expenses for stealth fighters, such as the F-35 Lockheed-Martin fighter plane. To replace Canada’s CF-18 – these are first strike attack aircraft. Just to remain in the program for considering to buy the F-35 costing taxpayers $72 million annually.

The (current) Canadian military fighter plane CF-18 has a long history of being deployed in the mass murdering and killing of civilians, women and children, in such countries as Bosnia (1990s), Libya (2011), Middle East (2014-2016).

Not surprisingly, killing civilians while pretending to protect one’s borders (who in all those cases are thousands of miles away from any perceived war action) has always been the forte of war-mongering nations, including Canada, the US and British Allies.

As a survivor of World War 2 I may comment on such programs of mass killing. I was barely 4 years old when the Allied bombings started and went on for three years day and night, 24/7, killing more than a few (disputed: 500,000 to over 2 mill?) civilians, mostly small children and women, while the enemy force was still at the Eastern Front – Russia. Memories still alive.

Especially during periods of celebrating those war veterans who made it and are still alive. One may assume that those were among the pilots who were safely directing their fighter and war planes to (air-) drop the bombs on the civilian populations

Upcoming 2019 Federal Election in October this year, ask this question:

“How much is a new government willing to spend for necessary environmental programs by reducing unnecessary spending for war games” ?

As much as I compliment William S. Geimer’s article in COMMON GROUND and the mention of the Green Party in this year’s federal election, I am certain that voting for the Green Party of Canada will not make any difference to curbing the excessive military spending by this government. Unfortunately we do not have a lot of choices for the upcoming 2019 election of a different government, capable enough to change anything.

Several of my previous posts on these and related topics:

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2014/09/25/ptsd-veteran-or-victim-of-war/ ]

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2013/05/10/may-8-1945-ve-day-wwii-ended/ ]

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2012/12/22/origins-of-the-gun-culture/ ]

Amnesty International and reality of war

International humanitarian law is based on three key principles.
• Distinction. All sides must distinguish between military targets and civilians. Any deliberate attack on a civilian or civilian building – such as homes, medical facilities, schools or government buildings – is a war crime (providing the building has not been taken over for military use). If there is any doubt as to whether a target is civilian or military, then it must be presumed to be civilian.
• Proportionality. Civilian causalities and damage to civilian buildings must not be excessive in relation to the expected military gain.
• Precaution. All sides must take precautions to protect civilians.
Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961 that is long after World War II. During which millions of civilians were deliberately killed and entire countries destroyed. [‘Barbed wire around a small lighted candle’ being the symbol of Amnesty International.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amnesty_International_logo.svg ]
How does that look now ? In the light of the more recent wars, which it must be said are also conducted by the same nations (formerly called: The Allies – Britain, America and Canada), joined by other nations, which formerly had been occupied during WWII, nothing much has changed. What was the military gain expected by totally destroying our home land ? by killing unarmed women and small children ? Protect civilians, how ? When the Allied tanks rolled into my home town which had been fire bombed for 4 years and left destroyed, first order of business was to erect barbed wire fences around our part of town, and set up their camp across in our city park. Afraid, that we small children were carrying guns and shoot at them ? That was probably the reason that when we went over looking for food that the fat American cook chased us out by setting his killer dogs at our heels.
So, I am asking Amnesty International to not knock at my door and ask for donations.
Food for thought: [ http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/syria ], which armed forces are using Barrel Bombs ?? [ https://www.whitehelmets.org/ ]