Canada's conspicuous [defense] consumption

Posted 11.24.10

SHAWVILLE, QUEBEC | Although terrorism has been a blight on humanity for a long time, it is this long history which is helping our enemies -- they have records now of what works and what didn't, and why it didn't work.

Decades ago such people were hijacking ocean liners and attempting symbolic assaults, assassinations, and kidnappings. Even the Nazis tried "shock and awe" with their V-2 rockets over London.

This long history of terror -- Canada’s Governor General Amherst's use of smallpox blankets -- was a weapon to terrorize the population, as well as kill his opponents (according to his letters).

This experimentation can help us, as well as those who threaten us, and we should expect our present government, with its single-minded focus on law-and-order, to be studying the history of terrorism, besides merely studying the statistics from security firms and arms vendors.

It would be reassuring to know which ministers today have responsibility for this strategic planning. Perhaps their names would make them targets, and so must be kept secret; such secrecy, however, is not reassuring, and has its limits, as our Prime Minister must already know.

Besides history's list of experiments, with successes and failures analyzed, is the question of their content: What has been tried? What has proven difficult to detect or defeat? Exactly which tactics, and which of our weaknesses, have been probed.

We might be very surprised.

Topping the "surprising" list has to be medical terrorism. Have we heard it discussed? Are there drills, tests, studies, and trials? Other than the anthrax scare in the US the year following 9/11, the subject seems a blank here in North America. Yet medical terrorism has a long history, and has proven a successful tactic.

There were, for example, General Amherst's efforts -- smallpox is certainly medical terrorism -- and those pre-Geneva Convention eras were bloody and violent. Diseased bodies were thrown over walls, wells and crops were poisoned . . . so why is our government, in this era of occasional hysteria and fear, not exploring this threat to our nation?

If the terrorists wish to spread terror in the form of sickness and disease wouldn't they target communities without good medical facilities, like Alymer, and communities on or near important transportation, communication, and command hubs? Aylmer, across from Parliament Hill, would fill that bill.

Now that this horrible bio-medical threat has been identified, especially identified as directed towards Aylmer, all of us should expect the government to immediately react in a wholehearted way. We expect the federal government to reduce it's list of F-35 fighter jets, valued at roughly $70 million each, by one. That $70 million would go to the Aylmer health co-op and a new emergency ward, as well as to attract doctors with a million-dollar lifetime commitment benefit payment. One jet fighter could buy our town seventy doctors. Or a small hospital and thirty new doctors.

Do we really need every one of those jet fighters? Instead of doctors?

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