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Trudeau supports Trump’s nuclear threat


November 15, 2017

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, will be accepting a Nobel peace prize this year on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She has been living in Canada for many decades and has been a tireless advocate for peace and disarmament.

Prime Minister Trudeau was only too happy to heap praise on Thurlow, calling her an “extraordinary” Canadian. Unfortunately, he simultaneously denounced her calls for Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

This epitomizes the Liberals’ approach to war and peace. There are platitudes and tweets making them sound progressive, but when the time comes they are firmly on the side of western imperialism.

As Donald Trump embarks on a massive upgrade of the US nuclear arsenal, Trudeau will be a willing supporter of US military adventures.

The Liberals aren’t working for peace, they are preparing for war.

The Canadian Special Forces operations in Iraq show just how short sighted their outlook is. Canada was arming and training both the Iraqi military and the Kurdish people. Then they started fighting each other. In the words of Kurdish diplomat Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Canada was, from the beginning, “missing the obvious truth of what is happening in Iraq.”

The destruction of ISIS has not stabilized the area but has only opened up a new set of conflicts. Thanks to Canada, those conflicts will now be carried out by better armed and trained fighters.

In Syria and Iraq, the confrontation between US and Russian backed proxy forces is about to get more acute. US backed forces captured Raqqa from ISIS, but Iranian and Syrian forces backed by Russia have designs on former ISIS territory as well.

This war has not ended, and Canada has boots on the ground right in the middle of it. And it’s not just the Middle East where Trudeau is playing the role of warmonger.

From the Ukraine, where Canada is arming and training soldiers with close ties to Nazi groups, to the Baltic states where our government is supporting aggressive military exercises designed to pen in Russia, the Canadian government is playing a dangerous game that threatens to spill over into a larger conflict.

With an unstable warmonger in the White House and growing tensions around the world, particularly in North Korea, we need a movement to push back on Trudeau’s support for Trump’s wars.

“I’m more than disappointed…,” Setsuko Thurlow stated. “[He] seems to willfully ignore the fact that the majority of Canadians want a world without nuclear weapons. As a living witness to Hiroshima, I beseech Justin Trudeau to change course.”

 

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