I Guess I Am Non-Sequitur

In tweeted conversations about the Mike Duffy, suspended Cdn Senator, trial, there has been a full court press, yes a basketball term, to have the 31st charge Bribery of a judicial official accepted in the general population, by our mass media alone. This is 1 of the Laws of the land, From Bill C-46 apparently page 63, paragraphs 119, 120 and 121. Well it would appear that the media and their self-absorbed pundits all believe in broad-based mass seeding of only 1 side of a much more complex story.
tweet read,
Mercedes Stephenson ‏@ CTVMercedes 22h22 hours ago
“Bayne says Nigel Wright made $90 G payment for political reasons to “enrich” the government and make a political scandal go away # Duffy”

The pundit: (I never got permission to use name) “Very faulty reading of Parl Act has RCMP believing Wright rec’vd no PERSONAL benefit, ergo no charge”

One sided, okay, but reasonable, simply following the 1 sided ideology our media has been using for decades to manipulate what we understand. Mr. Nigel Wright was never given a fair opportunity to speak before he was lamb-basted and had his motives challenged by our wonderful media. This is true, the news stories by all networks, circulars and social media formats since it came out refused to release any unedited statements or comments by Mr. Wright until they made him guilty in the media, guilty of what ? who knows. So I presented the otherside of the coin … which by our media’s standard was unacceptable, sorry but I do that. Personally, I was raised to hear all sides of a story before “choosing” to make up my own mind.

So, to Ms. Stephenson’s tweet, I replied,
Lance Duke @1stpaganmystic · 22h 22 hours ago

“@CTVMercedes you can’t “enrich” when personal funds are used to replace misappropriated funds that compensates a short-fall; we want truth”

I hope that was a fair request?
I then went on to address The pundit, having said this to the CTV reporter who appeared to be non-concerned with Mr. Wright’s side of the story and dismissive of those who want to hear it, it actually becomes critical in all fairness, because we are, today expected to make decisions and rationalizations only on hearsay and someone elses suppositions. Therefore, requesting commentors to make good on their claim is only fair, right? Clearly I made my point understood 1st, standing for what I believe in.

I replied to the contributor, “Very faulty reading of Parl Act also leaves faulty assumptions=over-zealous media&lies”

That earned me the comment, LOL, “Sorry, that’s a non sequitur.”

Still LOL, what was I suppose to say,
Lance Duke ‏@1stpaganmystic 20h20 hours ago
( name removed )

“LOL yet the RCMP’s faulty reading isn’t hmm. The media doing good job/manipulation”

now the fun part >> http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non%20sequitur :
non sequitur

noun non se·qui·tur \ˈnän-ˈse-kwə-tər also -ˌtu̇r\
: a statement that is not connected in a logical or clear way to anything said before it

Full Definition of NON SEQUITUR
1: an inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically : a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent

2: a statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said

Examples of NON SEQUITUR
1.We were talking about the new restaurant when she threw in some non sequitur about her dog.

Origin of NON SEQUITUR
Latin, it does not follow; First Known Use: 1540

This is non sequitur, hmm I wonder why this tweet contributor is so scared of an honest discussion.

It is crazy how our use, well gross over use of these discussion or debate fallacies has become so destructive some are now simply using them to block or prevent a full and comprehensive discussion in all equity and fairness and this is also endorsed by our so-called fair, honest and factual media system by allowing this to twist and mame a fair discussion.

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The F-35: A Fiasco… Really

As usual the national media is twisting an inconclusive report expected to lay blame. The report never did that because we still are not committed to buy any F35s. Our Defense Minister, Peter Mackay has been saying that since 2006. The fact we have been sticking with the program is because of our own R&D and industrial (production) committed to the program. The point is no different than any of us. If we are into something we believe in we support it, right?

The NDP & Liberal MPs on the CBC stage today (April 3) proved they were vulgar liars, with no desire or intent of ever giving straight honest answers. We know that by the rhetoric about our allies pulling out of the program for the F35 in 2010 because of deficiencies, the truth is they put their orders on hold because of the financial problems in Europe, the US delayed its order for, yes, the financial reasons (they are in worse shape than Europe). That was October of 2008, the US followed suite in Spring of 2010, can you see how easy it is to twist the truth especially when you have the control over national exposure. The re-costing only came after our European allies placed their orders on hold. That is why Marc Garneau needs to hang his head in shame, with his repulsive remarks on Tuesday, having been involved with the Military and Canadian Space Agency, Carol MacNeil an anchor with CBC was right, “he knows better”.

As long as we were still working to hammer out the issues I don’t disagree with remaining loyal to the program. With the apparent systemic problems the Defense Department began backing away from F35 simply because they had to allow room to order the F18 Super Hornets, if need be. So last fall would have been the right time to reassess the costs of the F35 which, with our allies would still have been at a competitive price of the proven Super Hornet and they did that. When will all our national media outlets start serving Canadians, not the better interest of the US? They have had all this info long before me and they simply removed it from national attention. Even today Wednesday, April 4 PM Harper stated the same thing that was stated back in 2006, 2008 and 2010. NO ORDER HAS BEEN PLACED, and Peter Mansbridge the chief news anchor of the CBC’s National tried to speak over Mr. Harper’s response in the House.

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Despicable Me 2012/04/03 at 6:20 PM ET
What about cost associated with cancelling the procurement?

* This was posted in direct reply to the post I made to CBC’s POV poll with the story “Should Canada Drop It’s Plan To Buy The F35 and Start Over”.
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~*CBC Moderators chose to NOT post this one*~

WHAT PROCUREMENT!!!! The order has not been placed ;
The Government has always maintained the same position, in support of a project we are extremely active on, both in R&D and industrial (production). Because of the role we have, overseen by the Lib. Government in what ’98 we are only committed to the purchase upon completion of the Jet. This is a matter of public record. The fact the order is still supported BUT NOT PLACED is also public record.

Translation:  No placed order, NO procurement, NO COST

What cost are you referring too. I’m Glad you find the CBC researchers are right up on the job. They reach to the self beside them for the binder marked, “Acceptable story background for F35 … approved by CNN_ABC_NBC_CBS_US State Department and embarrassingly the selfish power moguls of the Lib & NDP parties.
The costs associated with the purchase will only change when the order is placed and cost assessment is done. At present the ESTIMATED COST PROJECTION only includes current sales vs. costs. Since Oct. 2008 all our NATO allies have placed their orders on hold because of the Banking Crash and extended financial turmoil around the world. This is what also contributed to the *apparent cost overruns. A simple fact our Auditor General curiously omitted in his report. The AG’s report was therefore, based on the perceived wrong doing of the CPC, based on the same opposition that has always only been interested in a coup attempt because that is the only way they will see power… both, by standing, are trusted far less than the CPC. Hence the AG could not point fingers because their is only the opposition & media created perception of wrong-doing.

Nice research, EH!!!

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I get attacked quite often as a Harper supporter, reading this I can understand that but I’m not. Mr. Harper is simply just the continuation of Canadian Governments that have lacked the vision and ethical responsibility and real leadership for this globally unique country. A problem we have had for well over 30 years now. Sadly, barring a real leader coming out of the Liberal Leadership Conference nothing will change by 2015. The NDP under Mulcair will find themselves in the situation Canada had intended for them this election if not for Quebec saving their butts. They will drop below 5 seats in the House stripping them of official party status, forcing them to fold or clean house to develop a real, official party policy platform, on which they can be seen to be representing Canadians, not desperately grasping for power no matter what, a Mr. Layton specialty.

Back to the CBC one last time, oddly enough they posted another reply I made around 12:04. It prompted a message directed to the moderators. To think that the working poor, in this country because we are not unionized we have no real voice, we are only subject to the blessing of the union brutal mentality where they think (oops sorry, they know) they have to establish our path for us… Nice thought for a Canadian minority, yet they have a global reach whose only desire is to spread hate, hell and discontent  about my country. Canada, the single most unique country in the world.

** I will post the message I left for the moderators … If they post it.
** They never did post it, plus they pulled one I posted on April 5th. So much for our protection under freedom of the Speech and freedom of the Press. I guess almost 1 Billion Dollars of Canadians Tax money only guarantees your freedoms as long as you support the CBC. That would be quite hypocritical wouldn’t it. Yet they want us to believe our Government  is repressing freedoms.

It is not just that but the CBC and the opposition are doing so much damage to our society by creating chaos and confusion. With the F 35, their word for this farce is, fiasco. 2 senior bureaucrats also placed their offices integrity into question, The primary one is the Auditor General, whose Spring Report made a damning commentary of the Government’s policy choice of the procurement of the F 35 costing Canadians 9 Billion Dollars more than they reported to Parliament, this following the erroneous report of the Parliamentary Budget Secretary, the 2nd bureaucrat that tainted the integrity of his office, by not disclosing the basis on which his conclusions were based. The difference between the Government’s disclosure to Parliament and the Secretary of the Parliamentary Budget Office, that 9 Billion Dollars is either the operation costs of fuel and standard maintenance,which we see also in the blog, Crux of the Matter that would have been an on-going cost which is consistant and required regardless what fighter/interceptors we use. This makes it a standard upkeep cost not a procurement adjustment. This would be a fraudulent claim not an error which would also implicate The Office of the Auditor General, by supporting a fraudulent claim against a sitting Government. In the link to the office of the AG. Under the heading “The 1977 Auditor General Act” the last sentence explains how our AG discredited his office. While in the paragraph just before that Act definition we get the explaination why the Act was created in the first place. It was done so that Parliament would receive the full examination of the entire policy cost. NOT, just an opinion why it was a good or in this case bad policy. That exceedes his mandate and creates the same controversy the Act was intended to prevent. Then the media picked up that chaos in Parliament and published it with the extreme bias they continually display.

The other possibility is what I mentioned earlier under, “~*the CBC Modertors chose to NOT post this one*~”. In more depth the Budget office could have recalculated the cost without the contracts held by our allies. Why would they do this? Well we had the Global Banking collapse in 2008. Our allies placed their orders on hold. I am assuming there is a formula for recalculating per unit cost with the allies orders on hold because a Vice Pres. for Lockheed Martin explained to Australia’s Parliament that is how the cost over runs have been projected. and could easily appear as 25B per unit or more with a single nation buying. In all 3 links to the Canberra Times it shows that most of the countries are in the same postion we are and everyone wants answers. Even though we have not heard about Mr. Mackay spearheading a number of inquires into the delays Atleast we can be thankful the Australians still believe in integrity in journalism. RAAF Strike Fighters on schedule, Jittery US Partners, Defence backs new jet fighter . The question is, what is going on here?   Either way both bureaucratic offices chose to misrepresent their findings either through non-disclosure or by fraud. Which now becomes arbitrary, what we need is our reporters and editting staff that have not lost the principles of journalistc integrity rework their reporting criteria, like we have seen in Australia. Hertitage Canada needs to establish an oversight committee to oversee the CBC to protect our tax money. We need a Parliamentary investigation conducted on the 2 bureaucrats that violated the public trust and tainted those 2 independent offices, with a joint police investigation for fraud. With the Parliamentary commitee all 3 parties have to be represented. With a House majority those appointed can not simply opt out like Mr. Layton did on a number of these committees during the minority Governments. And final a team of independant journalists that have a history writing stories with a sound base of integrity, both print and multimedia experienced. They will handle the daily press briefs and block our mass media from airing tainted stories.

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Welcome To My Blog

Hi thank you for stopping in, many people who are active in the same interest groups I am have long ago come to realize I just can not walk away from or just leave anything I honestly believe in, On that note… .    ~~~~~~~~~~~~APRIL FOOL  ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Welcome to April and now with the shock value gone. Enjoy 2015. Information in the western media is still thin, and with the US created global cesspool we have lots of work to do …

May God bless you all and keep up the good fight.

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The Damage Unions Do (where there is no check and balance system)

This is a discussion on CTVs Question Period, using the Hubub debate engine. My view that union costs have made it impossible for me to fly, yes the is the Air Canada issue. The challenge is here if you wanna vote. http://ctvnews.hubub.com/topic.php?topicid=13881&challengeid=16577

Facts, what facts? The link you posted was a CNN study of a flight from LA to NY using all US data only on the US industry, hmm, I hope you do realized that. I suggest moving to the US if you want to argue American statistics and “fact”.

Now into Canadian reality.  Let’s start with the government surcharges and taxes. So you will be informed as well, the government, between all levels is likely our largest employer. At all levels all government employees are unionized. Since the governments money is our tax money, it costs each of us. With the special programs (like airlines, ferries, ships) they have the latitude to assess per use surcharges as well. This offsets the union wages. Just to start, administering licensing, inspections, baggage and cargo handling, tarmac services, ticket agents, security, security threat assessment officials, are all union positions, all have to be and are paid. All your in-flight staff (pilots, flight attendants, tower services) all unionized, even the food served is supplied by unionized operations. Remember these prices passing from union operation to union operation are cumulative. Fuel costs everything from research and development to processing and delivery, literally dozens of unionized operations and each operations sells its stage to the next and has to show a profit. All those accumulated unionized wages. Updating and upgrading regional and international airports, not all but most construction companies that can handle these jobs are unionized, plumbers, electricians, mechanical engineers all their labourers are all unionized. The high tech equipment, well all the equipment, all unionized. These have to be mentioned because all this has to be budgeted with all costs spread over their break-even point, therefore all passed on. Then there is the aircraft industry, making the planes all the materials, right back to the mining and smelting operations forward all unionized and prices passed forward.  The advertising using ad agencies, yup, unionized costs that have to covered.

If all union wages and benefit were cut by 20% at the same time the resulting cost drop would require a completely reworked price scale.

I Find it curious how unions always want more without discussing how much the other unions are costing us.  This same breakdown is occurring in Health Care, Education and all Government Services.

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From Canada to the World

January 13, 2012

With special Thanks to Babur Mawladin and his team at CASC. May your dream for your home come true.

 I decided to blog this document on behalf of a friend of mine from an online organization. Since global current events has always been important to me it was actually a no-brainer. (lol). I have always been fascinated by our own history, as Canadians, because all we, well I, have ever seen is news, reports and studies in American studies and exploits it has always been disheartening, considering our origin is exactly the same but the way we used the knowledge and tools given to us were exactly contrasted and we still have a trusted bond that has prevented a physical barrier being installed between our 2 countries. Understanding this, our media outlets & educational system has chosen to fail all Canadians as a whole, to shine up the US half of our relationship, the reasons are another issue so I will not deal with it here.

 This partnership in North America required all 3 participants but only 2 came together. Today, here in Canada our history has been taught as a result of what happened in the US therefore a level of dependency has been implied when it comes to understanding who we are as Canadians. This has always been very inaccurate. The choices made at that point in time (mid 1700s) was the mind set of those involved, both roads were critical in each country’s growth and development allowing us to have our respective strengths and weaknesses as independent countries. The disappointment I have in our national media outlets and our Provincially controlled educational systems is why I blog and do my own research. Simply from the mass media we are not just mislead, we are lied to. Our educational system since the 80s has not been teaching our children the truth of who we are. It has allowed the development and growth of organizations like the Monk Institute, Janice Steine on the CBC’s National / At Issue panel stated about our military involvement in Afghanistan, we as Canadians have no direction when it comes to international affairs and are very much confused and are giving mixed signals internationally, her statement which the CBC obviously supports are insulting and designed to continue misinforming Canadians from a foundation of the University of Toronto. We have the Council of Canadians again taking information that is knowingly wrong, has been lamb-basting Canada, Canadians and our heritage in favour of Americana, and the heritage of the obviously failed state south of us. Most of our peace organization are still firmly grounded in the 60s peace movement reflecting their honest knowledge of current affairs and are muted as a result. Leaving just human rights groups like the BC Civil Liberties Organization. They are clearly (well since the election last election campaign, proved their position by supporting proven lies told by the National NDP and Liberal parties, don‘t mistake this as a pro-Conservative position, its not. Mr. Harper also proved himself to be an ineffective national leader). No, rather we need to start looking at the source information ourselves, and see the truth with our own eyes, there is nothing to translate, nothing to decode. All the information we have access to is open and plainly written showing up our educational system as weak and false as so our national media one of which our tax dollars goes to protect and keep afloat.

 The recommendations coming, is a vision of an Afghan in Canada. He is from Mazur e-Sharif, where our military is now continuing the training of the Afghan National Army and Police (ANA & ANP). Yes, I said continuing since the first set of amendments to our mission in Afghanistan in 03 or 04 the training and mentoring the ANA & ANP was a priority, we have also had the most success in developing a Government supporting public defending force. Our trained Afghan troops are also battle ready and TESTED, since 2005. So without further adieu here is the recommendations presented to the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan Bonn, Germany December, 2011. He is not alone. You decide.

Bonn Conference, CASC recommendations                                                                          Canada Afghanistan Solidarity Committee                                                                  http://afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org/                                                                         Monday, November 28, 2011

Recommendations for a Canadian leadership role at the Bonn Summit, December, 2011.

As we reflect on the outcome of the ten-year effort, we find growing insecurity, bad governance, a corrupt judiciary, official corruption, sabotage of political institutions such as parliament, inexperienced security organs, sluggish pace of economic development, lethargic rebuilding process and stalled political process. If there is one more chance, it will require that Afghans help the international community correctly diagnose the problem, so that at Bonn the international backers of Afghan democracy can pledge to aid real political reform.                                                                                                                               – Hussain Yasa, Editor-in-chief, Outlook Afghanistan.1

The international commitment to remain engaged after the withdrawal of ISAF forces is the political consequence of our common decision to engage ten years ago. That is why the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn needs to credibly assure Afghans—and thus, the region—that they will not be abandoned again.                                                                – Michael Steiner, Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, chair of the International Contact Group.2

Who We Are

The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee (CASC) was established in the autumn months of 2007 to bring together Canadians from all walks of life who were committed to international and Canadian intervention in Afghanistan with the aim of ending the violence of all illegal armed groups, alleviating poverty, and supporting Afghan struggles for democracy, peace, justice, and stability. We support the UN-sanctioned ISAF mission, and we have fully supported the UN’s call for Canada’s continued military contribution to the Afghan cause for security, democracy and the rule of law.

1. Dr. Hussain Yasa, “2nd Bonn Conference: A Probable Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan” posted August 24, 2011 on Daily Outlook Afghanistan http://outlookafghanistan.net/topics.php?post_id=1649

2. Michael Steiner, “The Consequence of Solidarity: Why Germany and the international community must not abandon Afghanistan after 2014” posted November 17, 2011 on IP Journal: German Council on Foreign Relations                                                                       https://ip-journal.dgap.org/en/ip-journal/consequence-solidarity

3.Canada Afghanistan Solidarity Committee                                                    http://afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org/

Where We Stand

We insist that human rights are universal, not culture-specific, that women’s rights are human rights, and that the world should heed the demands of the Afghan people for a democratic and accountable government. We will persist in our call for Canadians to pay close attention to Afghan public opinion, which consistently reflects these demands. We will also persist in encouraging Canadians to inform themselves about Afghanistan, its people, culture, and its history, and we will lend our voices to those of the many Canadians who are committed to supporting humanitarian and development projects that meet the needs of the Afghan people.

The contents of this document are partly informed by CASC’s March 2010 report, “Keeping Our Promises – Canada in Afghanistan Post-2011: The Way Forward.” That report was aimed at providing recommendations for a Canadian rededication to Afghanistan following the July 2011 conclusion of the Canadian Forces’ “combat role” in Kandahar province. We were not displeased with the Government of Canada’s decision to reconfigure the Canadian Forces’ contributions to a training role, based mainly in Kabul. However, Canada (and the international community in general) has failed to adequately address the critically important work of democratic and constitutional reconstruction in Afghanistan, and this threatens to undermine all the accomplishments for which Canadians and Afghans have suffered over the past decade.

Our “Keeping Our Promises” report was based on consultations within the CASC membership, within the Afghan-Canadian community, the community of academic and expert opinion, and most importantly, we consulted across the spectrum of Afghanistan’s emerging civil society and Afghanistan’s political leadership. We directly canvassed more than 100 organizations, agencies and individuals. In Afghanistan, we consulted a cross-section of opinion, from former warlords to women’s rights organizations. This included interviewing opinion-makers, government officials, civil rights advocates, teachers, several MPs, journalists and power brokers. We also spoke with representatives of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and officials with NATO and other international community agencies. With a year and a half of hindsight, we are convinced that our recommendations were prescient, and the need for a Canadian rededication along the lines we proposed has grown more urgent.

Circumstances have radically changed since March, 2010. Some for the better. Some for the worse. Perhaps the most significant event to threaten the prospects for Afghanistan’s re-emergence as a sovereign and independent republic at peace with itself and its neighbours is the radical shift that has occurred in the United States’ policy under President Barrack Obama. State Department communiqués betray a fluid and sometimes contradictory overall approach. However, the new American policy appears to be a reversion to the same “We don’t do nation-building” posture that so encumbered the early years of American involvement in Afghanistan following September 11, 2011 – the posture that is in large measure the cause of the predicament Afghanistan finds itself in today.

The word “democracy” now only rarely appears in any American pronouncement about US objectives in Afghanistan. A US Department of Defense October 2011 statement of strategic goal is a case in point: “The goal of the United States is to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda, and to prevent its return to either Afghanistan or Pakistan. The specific objectives in Afghanistan are to deny safe haven to al Qaeda and to deny the Taliban the ability to overthrow the Afghan Government. To support these objectives, U.S. and coalition forces will continue to degrade the Taliban insurgency in order to provide time and space to increase the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan Government so they can assume the lead for Afghanistan’s security by the end of 2014.”

Tragically, many NATO countries appear reluctant to challenge the new US administration’s narrow, wholly self-interested and short-sighted position. The new US strategy places no priority on the necessity of working with Afghans to ensure that accountable and effective state institutions replace mob rule, the way of the gun, warlord law and the fanatical “justice” of the Taliban throughout the country. Most informed observers recognize that it is the absence of accountable and competent state institutions that is most effectively fuelling the so-called “insurgency” in Afghanistan. The result is a vacuum, a state of affairs that invites Taliban terror, shadow-government subversion and proxy-war depredations fostered by the avowed and committed enemies of Afghan democracy in Tehran and Rawalpindi.

Canada is uniquely positioned to show leadership at the Bonn conference to staunch the hemorrhaging of the trust Afghans have placed in the international community, especially in the NATO countries and other democracies in the International Security Assistance Force alliance. At Bonn, Canada should work closely with Afghan civil society, especially with the Afghan women’s leadership, to ensure that the international community does not lose sight of the “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan”, page 7, published October 2011 by the Department of Defense of the United States of America. http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/October_2011_Section_1230_Report.pdf                                         the objective for which Canadian soldiers and their families have sustained such sacrifice and suffering.

Why Canada?

Unlike any of the other leading contributors to the 47-nation ISAF coalition4 (the United States and Britain, for example) and unlike the key regional powers (Pakistan, Iran and China) Canada is understood to be unique. Among Afghans, Canada is known as a democracy with no history of foreign conquest, and particularly, no authorship of or involvement in the wars, imperialist adventures and proxy wars that tormented Afghanistan during the 19th century and especially in the latter half of the 20th century. Canada is trusted and well placed to play a particularly assertive role in the advance of democracy, security and human rights in Afghanistan. This is the cause for which Canadian soldiers have fought and the purpose to which the Canadian public has tolerated, as much as $18 billion of Canadian tax contributions since 2001.

Canada is exceptionally well suited to take on an aggressive role in support of self-reliant, Afghan-led institutions answerable to a fully accountable, transparent, and representative

Afghan government. Canada must be uncompromising in its insistence that the Afghan

government conducts all its affairs in accordance with democratic principles and international human rights norms. In its insistence upon an Afghan government that is democratically accountable to its people, Canada need not be concerned with trespassing upon Afghan sovereignty. The promise of Afghan democracy is a promise that Canada (and other democratic states) made to the Afghan people. 6 Canada’s commitment in Afghanistan amounts to a solemn promise that is not made merely to the current occupant of Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace, or to the current occupant of the American White House. Afghan sovereignty is the function of a triangular relationship between the Afghan people, the Afghan government, and the 4 Current as of November 26, 2011. ISAF NATO website, “Troop Numbers and contributions”                                                                            http://www.isaf.nato.int/troop-numbers-and-contributions/index.php

5 “Fiscal Impact of the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan” page 8, October 9, 2008 report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page. http://www.parl.gc.ca/pboDPB/documents/Afghanistan_Fiscal_Impact_FINAL_E_WEB.PDF

6 “The Afghanistan Compact”, page 3, Building on Success: The London Conference on Afghanistan January31-1February 2006. http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/Documents/AfghanistanCompact-English.pdf

Canada Afghanistan Solidarity Committee                                                              http://afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org/internationalcommunity

Afghan sovereignty consists of a complex suite of rights and obligations. In all of our engagements in Afghanistan, Canadians should be informed by this reality, and our government should act accordingly.

Recommendations for Canada’s Position at the Bonn Conference:

The way forward in Afghanistan is democracy: equal rights, the rule of law, a representative and accountable government, freedom of speech and assembly, a comprehensive and generous education, an entitlement to basic health services, and a fair chance at prosperity. There is no other way forward to peace and security in Afghanistan. So long as the international community allows Afghanistan’s neighbours to subvert Afghan sovereignty and democracy, there will be no peace or justice in Afghanistan, no matter how much or how little military effort is expended upon the fighting, degrading or containing the so-called Afghan “insurgency.”

1. Canada should actively oppose any initiative undertaken by any power (including the United States) under the auspices of “reconciliation” or “negotiation” with the Taliban or with any other armed groups involved in Afghanistan (including the Pakistani ISI) that do not fully engage the ISAF states, the Afghan parliament, Afghan civil society and women’s movement, and Afghan national minorities.

2. At the Bonn conference, Canada should take every opportunity to make space for the participation of Afghanistan’s parliamentary opposition and civil society, including representation from women from both of these groups.

3. Working with the Afghan parliament, Canada should lead and support a robust democratization initiative that includes the guarantee that by 2014, the Afghan Constitution has been subjected to a thorough review for the purpose of removing the constitution’s antidemocratic provisions, particularly the crippling centralization of political power in the presidential palace.

4. Working with Afghan parliamentarians, Canada should ensure that by 2014, Afghanistan’s absurd and unworkable single non-transferable vote electoral system is replaced by a rational and effective electoral law. Further, Canada should work with the major donor countries involved in Afghanistan to develop a clearer definition and determination of the breadth and scope of Afghan citizenship by way of a national census.

5. Canada’s military and police presence in Afghanistan should not be determined by any arbitrary 2014 end-date or by any American timetable, but rather by the objectives the training function is intended to accomplish. Further, the Canadian Forces should assist all branches of the Afghan security forces in developing their competence in the monitoring and enforcement of free and fair elections.

6. Canada’s role in assisting Afghanistan with its elections processes should be elevated to include an ambitious, long-term program of education and training aimed at all participants in the elections process – not just all relevant Afghan National Security Forces components but prospective candidates, their campaign teams, government officials at the national, provincial and district level, and the emerging political parties and coalitions. Voter education should be dramatically enhanced. Canada should actively recruit among Canadians with experience in running and monitoring elections to train and mentor their Afghan counterparts.

7. Canada should insist that for both practical reasons and for reasons of public trust, “Afghanization” of the elections process must not exclude the unencumbered engagement of internationally-appointed observers, monitors and overseers.

8. Afghanistan should be identified as a high priority for the on-again, off-again proposed Canadian democracy-promotion agency7 – an agency that should be established by consolidating the various efforts different Canadian institutions already make in this foreign policy field. An agency field office should be established in Kabul as soon as practicable. The Agency should play a leading role in a new Canadian mission in Afghanistan, with a focus on the entrenchment of democratic institutions, good governance, and democratic capacity-building.

9. Canada should directly fund broad-based Afghan institutions with mandates to promote the study of democracy and the dissemination of democratic ideas, to advance national unity and the administration of justice, to elevate the legal and social status of women, and to restore Afghanistan’s central place in the intellectual, cultural and economic life of Central Asia.

10. To strengthen the protection of women’s human rights, Canada should focus on supporting the enforcement of existing domestic laws and of international law to which Afghanistan is a party to protect women, through the gender rights sensitization and training of the Afghan 7 “Advisory Panel Report on the Creation of a Canadian Democracy Promotion Agency”, by Thomas S. Axworthy, Chair, The Honourable Pamela Wallin, Leslie Campbell, Éric Duhaime, November 2009. http://www.pcobcp. gc.ca/docs/information/publications/promotion/docs/promotioneng.pdf                  National Police and by advocating for and supporting the reform and expansion of the judiciary. This should include the removal of judges with no formal training in secular law, the expansion of the family courts, and a well-funded monitoring agency to better prevent the use of tribal and other informal legal prescriptions within the courts system that systematically harm women’s rights.

11. To build on the investment Canadians have made in Afghanistan over the years, a sharper focus on long-term results is required. A substantial and long-term Canadian commitment to all levels of Afghanistan’s education sector would allow Canada the leverage to control the quality of the “outputs,” force greater coordination among Afghanistan’s donor partners, ensure greater efficiency in program delivery, build administrative capacity in Afghanistan’s education ministry, and eliminate corrupt practices particularly rampant in this Ministry.

12. Canada should remain committed to key education projects initiated during Canada’s tenure at the helm of the Kandahar PRT, and enhance Canadian involvement in the development of Kandahar University, with an emphasis on women’s education and Canadian-Afghan academic partnerships.

13. Canada should aggressively foster and fund initiatives in the recovery of Afghanistan’s cultural patrimony and its literary canon, the development of a vibrant Afghan publishing industry, and the cross-translation of works in English, French, Dari and Pashto. Canada should directly invest in the national public library, a network of provincial and regional libraries, village libraries and mobile libraries for remote rural areas.

14. Canada should further enhance Afghanistan’s intellectual, academic, trades and technical capacities by fostering partnerships between Canadian and Afghan universities and institutions, and by investing in scholarships, academic exchanges, civil-service exchanges, and a range of vocational and skills-transfer programs.

Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee                                                                                   Babur Mawladin – President                                                                                  mbobur@afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org

Dave Mann – Secretary                                                                                        davemann@afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org

 Even though the Bonn Conference is over if Canadians won’t take the reigns of what we chose to aid in the process to help Afghan regain control of their country from a more insidious outside forces wishing control. This, at the very least should be to acquire the basic information we are currently being denied, about who we are in this global community.

In conclusion:

I just don’t get it. This is the view of Canada from an Afghan/Canadian of whom I have stated is a strong representative of both countries. We have had Wali-Karzia before his assassination make a statement that no one in Kandahar had never heard of Canada, prior to our mission there. He stated in an interview with CBC that the Canadian officials and diplomats said they would bring peace “and” they did. As well as the building they began. This was an echoing of Mr. Naqib, who ruled the Arghandab district prior to his death of a heart attack. The Mullah in the Globe and Mail story below, made it clear Canada (specifically) had to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2009, in order for Afghans to get their country back. Today the article has been edited to remove how critical the Canadian lead mission was to maintain the security of Kandahar City and how this battle was conducted by the Canadian trained ANA & ANP with the Canadian led NATO force quelled an insurgent attack just 25 miles from Kandahar City. This force was the end of our convoy south the rest and main body of our forces were already south west of the city and couldn’t help, the insurgents were routed. Yet the groups I mentioned in my opener refuse to discuss who our military is, and how integral, our whole government support policy is, and needs to be the first step to any embattled nation to see peace and freedoms only democracy can bring. This is what makes our military so different and why it is respected where we have served. This sentiment was also agreed with in Cyprus where their head of state, in an international media statement, he sold the “Canadian” soldiers would be welcome in his country, to begin their adjustment to civilian life. A tremendous undertaking for Cyprus and clearly highlights the pride and respect we, as Canadians, have to have in our military. Like our country and society, our military is unique in the world. Like Babur said in this report, we Canadians have to start learning about who we are. The National media networks have failed us, as above obviously the most popular special interest groups and educational based think tanks are lying to us in favour of the more brutal and obnoxious American way, obviously is far more acceptable to them while we have expressed our views as finding this totally unacceptable. This dissatisfaction has to be used to admonish these so-called “Canadian” represented special interest groups as well. I guess this also includes, this sentiment as well, so much for trusting peace organizations since they support the finding of Global Research, the Monk Institute and civil social activists like the BC Civil Liberties who also get support from the same groups that give us only deceit and are top heavy with snake oil salesmen.

These articles have never been on any docket for Canadian viewership sadly because they define our whole mission although in a limited way. Any of these stories with the most minor examination will source hours of what I call the Canadian way. Please check them out you will not be disappointed.

~CBC The National’s Susan Ormiston’s interview with Ahmad Wali Karzai link above in, in conclusion

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/article787187.ece

http://www.afghanistan.gc.ca/canada-afghanistan/news-nouvelles/2010/2010_11_16d.aspx?lang=eng&view=d

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/16/a-teachers-afghan-mission/

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.canadaeast.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F1347691&h=JAQEop1oGAQGYxZl9VmSwyhBJLF9nYLZbm1P-56rL0ws7Ww

These are among those I support simply because they are Afghan and Canadian hybrid groups with a history of working side by side Afghans here and Canadians in Afghanistan. The Canadian way and why there is hope for optimism in the Asia Minor/Middle East.

~http://afghanistan-canada-solidarity.org/

~https://www.facebook.com/groups/177386638985733/?notif_t=group_activity#!/groups/16447835117/

~http://www.cw4wafghan.ca/who-we-are

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Movember 2011

This morning, on my way to work, I was listening to the news. The 2008 stats were released on Canada’s leading cause of death. For the first time in Canadian history The leading cause of death that year was cancer, right across the country all 10 Provinces and 3 Territories, Heart Attack and Stroke fell to 2nd in most parts of Canada. Awareness is so absolutely critical to stopping this monster. Awareness or the information needed to change our lifestyle, to slow its progress. Much has gone on in research, especially the new area of genetic research called epigenetics. In time we may be able to just simply turn cancer cells off. Wouldn’t that be nice. But until then we need to understand what we need to do to make us more resiliant to that blight. The following link is to my Mo-page. Movember, the name given to the fund-raising campaign for prostate cancer, but it is way more than that. There are a bunch of tabs on top of the page that shows everything from the campaign itself to the lastest in research. Like a very large number of cancers today, prostate cancer can almost be completely arrested… IF CAUGHT EARLY. So please check out the link, look around and only if you wish contribute.

And certainly speak to your doctor about what you can do to help lower your risk of being a statistic.
http://mobro.co/LGDuke

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Healing Iraq (Making A Democracy)

This was originally posted in windows live July 2008, the June 2007 date was the reference for when it was posted in Talk City it official public release date. Early research began during the 1st Gulf War to free Kuwait. The bulk of the research and organizing it happened when the US began preparations for their illegal assault on Iraq in 2003. The delay in public release was to allow Canadian Government, our local news media and opinions of those close to me. As I expected only my family and friends commented on it. Not one word from the government or news media.

Introduction:

 

I have been watching the events in the Middle East for years. It has always been difficult for me to understand why so many of the world’s leading nations continually meddle in the affairs of other sovereign countries. Case in point, Iraq. Current knowledge has exposed that an American agent passed on fabricated information about Hussein’s ability to create WMD(weapons of mass destruction). There is now enough released knowledge to know it was fabricated by the higher levels of the current Bush Administration, they also knew they had to remove Senator Wilson from the defense committee, so they also jeopardized the job and life of his wife, a CIA operative. This precipitated the position they now find themselves in. When George Bush Sr. wrote his memoirs he clearly stated three reasons why his government did not pursue the Iraqi troops to Baghdad during the first Gulf War to liberate Kuwait. Mr. Bush Jr. proved his father’s assertions were correct, this however is passed and now it appears as if it is time for a radical approach to Middle Eastern Affairs to enable the international troops to develop an exit strategy. Using my nation’s (Canada’s) apparent ability to foster, successfully, multiculturalism and with our armed forces unreported successes in their efforts to bring Afghanistan closer to democracy, I have tried to apply that to the fragmentation within the cultures in the Arabian Peninsula. Due to the current situation, Iraq was the most obvious choice. However, since this was first written we have seen the dissolving of western backed, intolerant regimes. This is not just in the Middle East but in south west Asia, escalations in the Pacific Rim and eastern Asia as well as Africa and South America. This blog is based on what all the groups have in common, in their respective countries and having them come together for that reason, that way they will be able to work with their differences as a means of making their provinces or regions distinctive rather than having the differences serve as a wedge, driving them apart. It does have a widespread application as a template even though it uses Iraq as the example. Hindsight has shown that supporting one distinctive group over another only generates animosity and contempt allowing chaos to reign. Again, Iraq is among the best example of this, with the Bathe Party (made up of Sunni Muslims from central to north-eastern Iraq) holding power, it was possible to exclude the Shiite Muslims in the south (allied with Iran through faith) and the Kurds to the north and north-west (Turkish descendents), hence the turmoil between the 3 main population groups, allowing the extremists in the omitted cultures to influence the day to day events with insurgent activity; more often today, warfare. What I am proposing does exactly opposite and the innovation should bring all the sides to the table. Where there are multiple influences in a culture, all those influences need a voice or everyone suffers. With current events as they are today, I am sure I don’t have to explain this further.

*We were all created equal. That is true, so why are some people more equal than others. Even though I am Caucasian it doesn’t make me any different than anyone else. The difference for me is that I was raised where it is understood that all life has to be respected so why do some groups of people feel they are superior. Personally, I think it is because some people grow up with an inferiority complex. At a young age they are taught to fear others; not like them, this diminishes all people intellectually and emotionally, it also creates what we see in the world today; fear and loathing, the perfect recipe for a society to build on ignorance and superstition. When this paranoia becomes accepted by a society, it becomes like an untreated cut, it gets infected and festers, eventually like a disease it spreads. When this becomes accepted by a government or a leadership group overseeing others it changes the mentality of the group. That same irrational fear becomes hatred and prejudice. Education has always been the cure because knowledge always removes superstitious based fear. When I look at the world today I do understand how much of the world is ruled by ignorance and that is a shame. The worst part of it is, the one country that claims to be the most informed is setting the most horrendous examples of fear and paranoia. That is why they are loathed the world over. It’s not because of jealousy. It’s because of the fear and suspicion by which they treat others.
Before I can generate a white paper on helping to heal Iraq. I must tell you about an hour I had June 5, 2007. First I am a Christian and a true believer that Christ is my Saviour. That means from the time I wake to the time I call it a night the only 2 rules that I obey on a general basis are:
– Love, God with all your heart mind & soul
– Love, your neighbour as yourself
It’s funny if you consider the laws of man, they are rigidly structured on this premise. Oops! Anyway, June 5th. I went to a Muslim prayer hall, After what happened in Toronto, the Toronto 18, with the Imam of the Mosque stating that the extremists were not Muslim, what they did is contrary to their beliefs so he wasn’t going to protect them as Muslims. So between this and the evil rhetoric coming out of the U.S. about Muslims I decided to check it out myself, and you know what? Even though there are differences between Christianity and what Muslims believe, they can be over come. These differences are not as huge as we are lead to believe, now again that is true Christianity not one of the many paganism based religious sects currently claiming to be Christian. No, not to worry, I won’t become an Islamic Muslim anytime soon. This is what most people don’t understand, because they were raised under the same fearful rhetoric that lives off of the adage that; self-worth is equal to personal gain. I can understand how the people of the Arabian Peninsula feel about the constant intrusions in their lives. The same animosity exists for me because people will always fear what they don’t understand. Specifically my entrenched desire to understand those things around me, unfortunately doubt will continue to foster and feed irrational fear to spite the knowledge we have available to us.

  

The Healing of Iraq


There is no easy way of saying this, the western world is extremely decadent. So the Muslim world, given their modest lifestyles, can honestly believe this as a point of fact, from the view of lifestyle rather than a religious viewpoint. Those who would argue this either live under a rock or have very convincingly lied to themselves. Our world(the west) is one of excess. Some however, have chosen to live a much more meager life, those who have, have seen many things in their lives that has made them more contrite. When you have a western government with their spoils arbitrarily decide you must follow their example is shameful and can also be viewed as the vary essence of tyranny. Arabs have a proud history even though it was based on extreme violence from around 600 to just after the Crusades. This is when the Arab people under Mohammad pushed back against the Asians and Europeans that had subjugated them and their lives. Enter today and the new 20th century powers, well we actually never really learned anything. All we got was new kids on the block with the games remaining the same, with a more twisted outlook, instead of those being subjected to the tyranny of outsiders, the outsiders placed into power a western oriented dictator to do the dirty work for them. Now to get a piece of the action these dictators visited even more terror on their own people. This in turn lead to the people turning to a more radical fundamentalism. This, like most religious beliefs were simply created by more educated, worldly people that should have lead them out of the fear and paranoia that controlled their lives. But again being more educated and more worldly they saw the profit in that. This is where I must state my personal beliefs because we all need to live according to how we view the world, we also trust without constant outside inference. Another shameful act has been to equate a Muslim culture to terrorists and extremist groups, that would be the same as someone outside Canada / U.S. denouncing us as all members of the K.K.K. or White Supremacist. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous… Well!! Having said that, with the relentless interference of the west, and established Asian cultures, the Muslim world appears to have adapted to tyranny imposed by extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, etc. as protection from western and Far Eastern exploitation.
Unless this dialog, my introduction, is opened there will be no healing on any front internationally. I also believe most Muslims, both Islamic radicalism and traditional will denounce their extremist protectors and their terrorist ways, (we have already seen the start of this, is anyone looking) if this dialog begins in earnest.

As I said this can be used as a template for establishing democracies so the Greater Iraqi Council can be replaced for places like Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, etc. This will leave the people in the loop. Provisional Governments can be set by the Greater Council assuring equal representation and limited to the setting of full democratic elelctions, the release of information to that end; the day to day provisional affairs of state; committee oversights to allow the people to input the peoples will over the proceedings and the allowance for international monitoring(only) at the committee level and open reporting of general affairs of state.

 

The Greater Iraqi Council

  

 

5 – Sunni
5 – Shiite
5 – Kurds
3 – Christians, those that fully understand and practice the teaching of Christ and follow only His ministry, not religious orders.
3 – each of major international groups, like the standard religions globally respected today and international help agencies with permanent establishments set up & Arabs as a visible minority not affiliated with the 1st three groups. (this group would later begin to diminish as the countries become more stable and self-sufficient, international organizations will leave continuing to strengthen both visible and non-visible minorities).

This group will establish the rights and freedoms, which all Iraqis will enjoy. Its make up has already been determined, with no outside meddling, the regional leaders and Mullah’s, who already have the respect of their people. After all isn’t that what was promised in the first place. I have yet to hear someone say, about the Iraqi’s, so what visions do you have. These are the only players that have a stake in what happens to Iraq. They are the ones that should decide its future. The Iraqi people from each group know who is best to lead their group. If they met in a secluded location, internationally guarded. They would have to learn to deal with each other first and then build an interpersonal relationship based on what they haven’t received from the international community as a whole. I have always maintained, “what we have in common holds us together and our differences should be celebrated”. In Canada we have been doing just that. To deny the Iraqis this opportunity to explore this of their own culture just reeks of hypocrisy. This is the only way freedom of choice can work. Since the international community, with their meddling, has always used those same differences as a wedge to prevent this from happening. This I believe is the only way democracy can flourish in the face of repression. Isn’t that what Iraq and the rest of the Middle East promised? Isn’t that leading by example? In recent weeks Canada has come under fire by Americans with a political agenda at home, by focusing on radical factions here, but they are everywhere and more vocal in the U.S. and Britain. If we had real representation here (in Canada) our multi-cultural heritage would be the pride of the world. The documents for establishing this constitution already exist and the first 2 are in use there, The Koran, The Holy Bible(red letter KJV), the third, however, would normally escape notice but it is a good document as it stands, unfortunately, it is not applied equally in the country it was written in and that is the American Constitution.

The Greater Iraqi Council, can then continue to serve as an Upper House or Senate, if you will, that will sign off on the Government bills and make amendments in accordance with regional sensitivities. I do believe democracy and security is in reach for the Middle East. International respect for the region must also be achieved and this proposal, I believe, will demonstrate that.

 

The current Iraqi Government

 

Chaos is currently the order of the day in Iraq. Nothing that was promised for the people has been realized. The responsibility for that must lie with the ill conceived plan at its onset. With the establishment of the Greater Iraqi Council the people of Iraq will first not believe it is going on but as the notion of its own constitution becomes real and knowing a time line is being used I honestly believe that they will respond with tremendous fervor. I also believe that they won’t only accept a national registry but a census as well. This will not only identify the Iraqis but will also show the extremists from the other Middle Eastern countries that have had full run, exploitive ability and unreasonable control over the poor situation that has been allowed to develop. All the Iraqis can and I believe will expose the external extremists if the knowledge they will have control over their own future. And if I’m not mistaken the Muslim belief will allow them to expose their brethren that use selfishness and greed to maintain the instability in the region. Once the census is done, a reasonably estimate of the population will be done and the outside Arab influence can be determined. By this time the Greater Iraqi Council will have completed enough of a constitution to enact it in part. With the census all the Iraqis and Iraq’s neighbours will know who and how many will be voting since municipal districts in a way exist the government will be mixed and the constitution will maintain workability. All that remains is the issue of security through the process and that would have to be a non-Arab, international force. I mentioned above why Arabs shouldn’t be involved. But I will reiterate, The Arab nations do authorize support their extremist population therefore if they provide the security whose with undue invested interest in the country will be able to continue exerting their influence on internal matters. International force also implies broad spectrum multinational force which will limit American, British, French and Russian influence as well.I can understand why a plan like this is feared. Iraq can still stand as a model of democracy in the Middle East without losing their Muslim identity. All people, their political views and religious/spiritual beliefs must be respected. If not we demean those we intend to help and that is always counter-productive. Plus the Middle East is a critical place on this planet. It is (I believe) the cradle of civilization, we all have a vested interest in protecting and preserving the people and culture.

 

* We were all created equal. That is true, so why are some people more equal than others?  

(sorry I couldn’t resist the George Orwell reference).

This is a paraphrased quote but does come from the novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. When I was in Junior High School (middle school). It was required reading in English class. The novel explains how if you are raised under a communist regime and want to change it ultimately you will fall back into the same practice simply because it is all you know.

The same is true for all forms of control when people lead people. Even in a democracy, where control is based on one particular bias whether it be racial, religious or ideological, without society as a whole, being shared in its entirety will always be bigoted, intolerant, leaving them closed minded and fearful of change, thereby segregating society, leaving it fragmented and not unified. As a result the intellect in that society will also be fragmented and inflexible. Narrow minded changes produce the same narrow minded results.

 

Today, it’s easy to see this would have had merit, as a blue print though, it makes sense for countries wanting a democracy again today in Egypt, Tunisia, or anywhere that tyranny was used by repressive regimes and supported by foreign interests. Otherwise it allows the readers to see how the world can be better served when the personal whims of evil leaders around the world are removed from decisions that could put at risk, innocent people, their families, and way of life. The second Gulf War left the US Government under G.W. Bush as a band of international renegades and criminals. It was proved by their own supporters that they lied, not only to the American people but to the world. This was to the point of fabricating so-called proof of their allegations against Iraq to lure international support. It was also proved that they had committed treason by outing one of their own spies to remove a specific Senator from the head of the US Security Council. To be fair to the US they are not the only ones acting to destabilize the irrational regimes, for the average person in the western world we have had access to information for over 30 years but have refused to hold to account those in power acting in such an unsavory manner, to assure their own power.

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