MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – 9 Jan 11

  • PM:  There’s ALWAYS something around the corner needing Canadian military might“Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has no immediate action planned for Canada’s military once its combat mission in Afghanistan ends, but he expects the nation’s soldiers will be needed sooner rather than later. “There always ends up being a need,” Harper said during an interview with The Standard Friday in Thorold. “Something will come up in the next few years that demands — and I don’t mean disaster relief — that demands the sustained involvement of Canadian forces in a significant mission.” ….”
  • Advice for the Liberals on how to play the “we wouldn’t buy the F-35” card“…. This is the biggest military procurement in Canadian history. The Tories have made a political decision to make the purchase with a sole-source contract, so it does seem like a sensible issue for an election debate. It is unlikely, though, to be a reasoned debate, because it’s hard to get down to a real consideration of the main issues: the purchasing process, and whether we want to pay more money for stealth capability. The Tories seem to want to avoid a debate on those terms, likely because they remember — Grrrr! — how Chretien jammed them in 1993, and they are afraid Canadians will again agree with the Liberals. I think they are right to be afraid of that, and so they have been working hard to drum up industry support for the F-35s ….”
  • Still MORE whining about Don Cherry supporting the troops! “…. Many hockey fans across Canada have been disturbed by a larger trend—the strategy of the Harper Conservatives to turn athletes and the Canadian Armed Forces into props for their war-making agenda. It’s difficult these days to find a major sports event which does not incorporate reference to “our brave troops in Kandahar”. For me, the most gut-wrenching was at the Oct. 31 Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. B.C. Lions game at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The psychological aim of this strategy is to sow divisions among Canadians, particularly among the solid majority who want an early return home for the troops in Afghanistan. “Real” hockey fans and “real” Canadians, we are urged to believe, all “support the troops” and therefore back the alleged aims of the military mission. Anyone who questions this reasoning is immediately under suspicion. Such individuals are somehow not considered true fans or “patriotic” Canadians ….”
  • Threats against Canada’s Coptic Christians (1) “Liberals want Ottawa to cough up cash for Coptic churches”
  • Threats against Canada’s Coptic Christians (2) – “…. “It’s not really practical to do such a thing, honestly,” said Sherif Mansour, the Ottawa-based spokesman for the Canadian Coptic Association. “I would like to see more effort on monitoring the groups that we know are the source of troubles . . . That’s much, much, much better to empower the law enforcement agencies instead of wasting money on cameras,” said Mansour, who added that his name was on a list of some 100 Canadian Copts published on an Islamic website in December along with addresses and photos, which security experts feared could be used by the radical Muslims to inflict harm ….”
  • Threats against Canada’s Coptic Christians (3) – What Muslims in Egypt are doing to show solidarity with the Copts: “…. Egypt’s Ahramonline reported that droves of Muslims had turned up at Coptic churches to act as “human shields.” It quoted Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon credited with first floating the “human shield” idea, as saying, “We either live together, or we die together.” “This is not about us and them,” Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly, told Ahramonline. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.” ….”
  • Taliban Propaganda Watch: All sorts of Americans and “puppets” claimed killed across Kandahar, Zabul.

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