Another letter that The Star would not print.

RE: Compelling case to join the air war, Oct. 6

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  

Reader Larry Comeau notes that Chrétien sent our boys to Afghanistan without debate after the 9/11 attacks.  He fails to note that was an illegal war in response to a criminal act by a small group of terrorists, and that’s only if we are naive enough to believe the official story of that day. Interestingly, although there is little good to say about the Taliban, in their short time in power they had drastically reduced opium production in Afghanistan, which immediately rebounded and increased after the West installed Hamid Karzai as leader there.  
The disastrous Iraq invasion by America, a blatant propaganda coup about searching for non-existent WMDs, followed directly after Afghanistan.  ISIS is at best a part of the after-effects of this rash course. What could have been short police actions, became 10-plus years occupations of those countries, with millions displaced or killed.  
In our more recent past we promised to aid in a no-fly zone operation in Libya, which in a matter of days turned into bombing attacks and later regime change, also of questionable legality.  At that time we were funding and aiding the Libyan rebels, despite their links to Al Quaeda, and they have now joined the very ISIS group that everyone is so eager to go bomb.  
Another major component of the ISIS group is a large contingent from the Free Syrian Army, whom we and the Americans are also aiding, even though they have known links to Al-Quaeda as well.  It seems we do not pick our friends very well, or maybe ISIS is just really good at recruiting anyone we support.
Or maybe there is no “we”, and the powers that be know exactly who their friends are.  Obama was looking for a way to get rid of Assad, so he backed the FSA.  When a chemical attack on civilians was blamed on Assad, he started banging the war drums immediately, but public opinion held him back, especially since there were very good indications that his FSA cronies were responsible.  Now FSA is with ISIS, and they are the reason for our forces to go out and bomb positions in Iraq and Syria.  Are our leaders simply manufacturing excuses to launch attacks on Assad and maintain their perpetual wars?

I’m hardly the first to point out that the videos of ISIS members beheading Western journalists are obviously fake.  Naomi Wolf is currently being lambasted in the media as a crazy tinfoil-hat for the mere suggestion that there may be more hype and spin than reality to the ISIS threat.  It would not be the first time America has acted on a false pretext, as we know from the Gulf of Tonken incident among others. 
 Rather than running in like cowboys with guns blazing, we are better served by studying our the veracity of these reports of a “threat” by ISIS.  These are the lessons of even a brief study of history.  But our leaders study history too, so they know that Canadians don’t really care who we bomb, as long as we get our Tim Horton’s and our hockey games.  ”Bread and circuses” as they used to say in ancient Rome.

A Letter they did not print…

I sent the Star a letter about this editorial:

But they weren’t biting.

"Salutin has a lot of nerve comparing the bond rating agencies to the oracle at Delphi. Not that he’s wrong, but its a little impious, considering The Star is just another oracle itself.

The Star gets its name not from the distant balls of gas, but from the goddess Ishtar. Her symbol was the pentagram, because of her association with the planet Venus, the parihelion of which traces a 5-pointed “star”. Her priestesses were “sacred prostitutes”, not unlike many Star editors and columnists.

The bond rating agencies are only one leg of the tripod stool occupied by our modern Delphic oracle, the financial markets. The other two are the various national securities agencies like the CSC, SEC, and FSA; and the various privately owned central banks of the Western liberal “democracies”. Perched precariously on this tripod, over the chasm wherein lays the rotting corpse of the she-dragon of financial collapse, the oracle inhales the noxious fumes of investor confidence and contorts in ecstatic fits.

Salutin paraphrases another ancient oracle, William Shakespeare. That fraud could barely sign his own name, so like all oracles, his words came from some mysterious source that we do not understand. The original quote from big Willie was “kill all the lawyers”, which is just a bit of slagging the competition, kind of like when Salutin rags on bond raters.”

RE: Stephen Harper’s incoherent approach to crime

Wrote a letter to the Star about this article (, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to print it.

This article is a good example of how our system creates an illusion of debate. Harper makes some comments and some laws that the left-wing doesn’t like, so Canada’s richest, most famous defense lawyer and one of its elite criminologists step up to offer some “critical thinking”.

From the perspective of politicians, lawyers, and criminologists, the solution to crime is more of their services. “More laws, courts, and criminology studies are what’s needed here, people. We’ll civilize you silly commoner-slaves.”

These people have no clue about crime or how to stop it. They know how to run the system which pays them and plasters their names across newspapers. Part of making that system run, is the illusion of debate. If it looks like they’re up there fighting for your rights, then it all makes sense somehow that all three of these people are entirely employed by the state apparatus. I mean, its at least easier to swallow than the truth.

The truth is these people are overpaid, over-“educated” blowhards who talk better than they work. Their jobs would not exist without the fat, bloated colony of England which we know as “Canada”. They don’t understand one thing about the lives of people outside of their fishbowl of legislatures, court rooms, and ivory towers. Harper’s solution to crime is more police and jails, the Greenspans of the world want their clients to get more rights,and Doob wants you to buy his book.

In all the thousands of years since Hammurabi introduced codified law, has there ever been an era without crime? Are laws a solution to crime? Or courts? Or criminologists? We’ve had all these things for thousands of years (criminologists are just philosophers with a fancy name and none of them have written anything that Plato didn’t do better), yet somehow the crime keeps getting worse and the politicians, lawyers, and “intellectuals” get richer.

If you think evil is part of human nature, then you think it requires human ingenuity to solve this “problem”. Are Stephen Harper and Eddie Greenspan the solution to evil? Is another book about criminology going to solve evil? Maybe if you vote. Will that work?

Evil is not a problem, its a spirit. If you want to solve evil, start with your own heart.