Editor’s Notes
Friday, July 18, 2008

Don’t get excited: the peaceniks have not taken over the Pentagon

Traditionally these are journalism’s dog days of summer when news is so scarce that a catfight or a broken fire hydrant could land on the front page. But not the summer of 2008. It looks like it will be a long hot news summer because news is breaking out all over.

I draw your attention to two stories that deal with the American Pentagon. One reports that the latter has done its best to calm down boy soldier war loser George W. and turn him away from an air attack on Iran. (Apparently it struck a note in his murky mind because a decision has been announced as we go to press that a diplomatic post soon will be established in Tehran.) It’s not because peaceniks have seized control of the military brain centre, it’s simply because they simply don’t want to be caught fighting a three-front war. The other piece, which you’ve probably already read at the top of this edition is that the Pentagon with the collusion of Bush and his Texas oil buddy Hunt are merrily breaking everybody’s laws and understandings to feed the military’s insatiable lust for oil.

Then there is the revelation of mounting evidence that the Harper government lied to Canadians about ignorance of the torture to which child soldier Khadr was being subjected. Eager to succeed at something, for a change, the CSIS (having intelligence in name only) failed to do more than make the kid cry for days. (During a television news cast a CSIS apologist said a publicized video shows we told him that we’d get him a hamburger. Does that sound like torture?) Of course it does. When you have absolute power over someone 24-hours-a-day for days on end, providing or denying food is very much part of the act of torture. The morons-malicious in the CSIS couldn’t find an apple in an apple tree at harvest time. Failing (again) to convince the boy that he was evil they turned him over to their more experienced masters who in turn have achieved nothing more than add more tarnish to the symbol of the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

It’s a good thing we live in a democracy because more often than not the evil that men do eventually rise to the surface.

Meanwhile, the rest of us walk in the sunshine, we laugh every day, as we’re on our way. As usual, lot’s to read here to keep you informed and entertained. So take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective