Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

Yes, Canada too...

I finally tracked down the page where Churchill advocates the overthrow and destruction of Canada as well as the United States. Canada. Yeah, known for its violence. Known for its violent foreign policy. I used to live near Vancouver, and I miss deeply the long lazy drive into Canada, the hours spent at a little cafe there on Denman Street eating the most delicious cake I've ever eaten. I miss the ferry ride to Victoria, tea at the Empress Hotel. Canada is not a land of violence or of hatred, but a land desperately trying to preserve some of the fragile peace this world actually has. In fact, dear Mr. Churchill, Canada opposed the current "war" in Iraq, didn't they? Would Canada deserve a 9-11? And notice, please, that Churchill says that Canada is just part of the U.S. I know some people who would beg to differ.

Yes, Ward Churchill, the United States has seriously fucked up, but again, my friend, to quote a Native Alaskan actress playing a Native Alaskan character on "Northern Exposure"--"Words are stones." Be careful how you fling them. Oh, and Ward? Since you're actually not a Native American, no matter how many times you jump up and down and scream that you are, you do realize that when the U.S. and Canada finally return the land to the Native Americans, you won't get a single miserable little acre?

And hugs, by the way, to my peaceful, wonderful Canadian friends--you know who you are :) and I love you...

All of my adult life, I've been an activist. I've been an activist full time one way or another. Every aspect of what I do is [connected] to that central task, and that central task of activism is to clarify and organize around the clarification. In the course of that activist adulthood, I have encountered and agreed with and participated in movements that aspired to certain slogans. When I started out it was "U.S. out of Vietnam," and then that was changed and it became "U.S. out of Indochina," and then it became "U.S. out of Southern Africa," and it was "U.S. out of the Caribbean and Central America," and then it became "U.S. out of the Persian Gulf." I agreed with every one of those, but ultimately there's only one way that any of them will be possible and that is: US out of North America, U.S. off the planet, and take Canada with you when you go!

That creates the basis for that future alternative. That understanding and that understanding alone will create that basis. Every square inch of terra firma that is removed from the corpus of either of these mega-States, and understand when we're in Canada we are only on the Northern provinces of the United States Empire. This is the tail wagged by the dog in Washington, D.C. and never be confused about that. Ultimately, it matters not whether the end structure of Canadian proclaimed soil or US proclaimed soil, every square inch that is returned to Native control, to Native sovereign control, is one inch less they have of consolidated territory to base their power projection upon. Ultimately, if that process was complete, they would have no basis, either materially in terms of territory or materially in terms of resources, in order to conduct themselves in the world elsewhere the way they do now. And in the process they would not be able to conduct themselves here.

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