Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Let's not kid ourselves, Canada is in the war business

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News
   
A man who lost his relatives in a Saudi-led airstrike cries in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sept. 21, 2015. Canada has sold Saudi Arabia billions of dollars' worth of light-armoured vehicles and has had little to say about its customer's attacks in Yemen, which the UN says have killed and wounded hundreds of children. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) 

   ​For the record, St√©phane Dion's office says he has so far been unable to find any evidence that the Saudi military is using lethal Canadian weapons platforms to slaughter civilians.
   Hence, billions of dollars' worth of weaponized armoured vehicles manufactured in Ontario are flowing as planned to the Saudis, despite Dion's stern warning in April that: "Should I become aware of credible information of violations related to this equipment, I will suspend or revoke the permits" that he had just signed.
   "We are watching this closely," he said, "and will continue to do so."
   Asked this week how Dion's monitoring has been carried out, his press secretary, Chantal Gagnon, replied: "Several ways. On the ground, you know, we have people. An embassy in Saudi Arabia."
   Well, there's that, then.
   But perhaps Dion should put in a call to the United Nations, where Canada is lobbying so strenuously to become a more influential player.
   If he did, he would find there's evidence to suggest the Saudis are carrying out war crimes in neighbouring Yemen, never mind using their security forces to crush internal dissent...http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saudi-arabia-arms-deal-canada-macdonald-1.3810952

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