Moral principles should guide Canada in world affairs

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To the Editor:

Thanks to Larry Ewashen for his letter (“Sale of military vehicles to Saudi Arabia not in Canada’s best interest”). I appreciate his point that Canada should be guided by moral principles and avoid deals with questionable customers. Justin Trudeau, who was very critical during the last federal election of Harper’s bad performance, is now following in the same footsteps, doing whatever Washington wants. The only saving grace is that Canada’s elections are not nearly as convoluted as they are south of the border.

Donald Trump, a Republican hopeful, impresses many with his seemingly good sense, but he too is part of the carnival of deception, and will not bring about the needed change. He is not going to discard his country’s predatory character or its insane foreign policy. He is just another Wall Street man, although in a very entertaining disguise.

Meanwhile, the American war to overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad is not going to well. As everyone knows, Assad asked Russia for military help and, ever since they arrived with their warplanes and other equipment in October 2015, the American hirelings, the head chopping ISIS and others have been on the run. Much of the country has already been cleared of them, and their supply lines from Turkey have been blocked, as has been the transportation of the stolen Syrian oil to Turkey.

The West has organized a fleet of oil tanker trucks we knew nothing about until Russian satellite images made known the endless lines of them crossing from Syria into Turkey, they were so many that the first vehicles of the lineup were beyond the curve of the planet Earth. All this was possible thanks to the Turkish first family and American protection. Most of the stolen oil was utilized right in Turkey and the remainder was sent by tankers to Israel. Conveniently, president Erdogan’s enterprising son owns a fleet of seagoing tankers. Just to let you know there is talent in Turkish upper class.

All this was going on as the U.S. and friends, including Canada, were bravely conducting the “war on terror”; that is, they were protecting from Syrian military: the oil tankers, the numerous ISIS strongholds and their supply lines. At the same time they were also smashing Syrian national assets like grain elevators, power plants, cities, towns, villages and anything of value, and killing countless civilians and army personnel. In other words, the American “war on terror” was and is nothing but a pretext for the destruction of Syria.

According to, “The popular myths of this dirty war — that it is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or a sectarian conflict — hide a murderous spree of ‘regime change’ across the region. The attack on Syria was a necessary consequence of Washington’s ambition, stated openly in 2006, to create a ‘New Middle East’. After the destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Syria was the next in line. …Yet in Syria this dirty war has confronted a disciplined national army which did not disintegrate along sectarian lines. Despite terrible destruction and loss of life, Syria has survived, deepening its alliance with Russia, Iran, the Lebanese Resistance, and the secular Palestinians and, more recently, with Iraq. The tide has turned against Washington, and that will have implications beyond Syria.”

I hope this year will bring peace to the courageous Syrian nation and its leaders.

Anton Skerbinc