Western nations may proclaim their virtue but when it comes to Saudi Arabia, they behave like whores. They posture their belief in democracy and human rights but genuflect before a kingdom that manifests contempt for both.
The allure of the desert sheiks is twofold: they sell lots of oil and they buy lots of guns. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: News flash—Western nation stands up to Saudis
There was a time—long, long ago—when Canada had a reputation in the world as a progressive nation. Well … not so long ago actually. Only eight years in fact. It just seems like a long time. Now, in at least three areas we have joined the ranks of the reactionaries, we have three strikes against . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Canada strikes out as a progressive nation
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. Over half a century has passed since U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned his fellow Americans against the threat posed by the “meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The military-industrial complex comes to Canada
Much has changed in Iraq since the Americans invaded in 2003. Saddam Hussein is gone, replaced by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki who appears to want to replace Saddam’s one-party Sunni-dominated state with a one-party Shia-dominated state.
And Russia has been replaced by the United States as the chief arms supplier to Iraq. Not that . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: U.S. and Russia vie for Iraq arms business