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Think of that war not as one, but two currents, affecting the coming election all the more powerfully because they are out of sight, out of mind, and -- interacting in unpredictable ways -- out of anyone's control.
In â€œThe Unexpected Warâ€ the authors Stein and Lang continually highlight two motifs: first, the degree of appeasement towards Americans by the Canadian government for its lack of commitment to Iraq and its lack of commitment to missile defence; second the obsequious manner in which the Canadian military tried to ingratiate itself to its American counterpart, wanting to prove itself with the big boys.
On Wednesday, September 24th, right in the middle of the fight over billions of taxpayer dollars slated to bail out Wall Street, the House of Representatives passed a $612 billion defense authorization bill for 2009 without a murmur of public protest or any meaningful press comment at all. (The New York Times gave the matter only three short paragraphs buried in a story about another appropriations measure.)
â€“ in April 2002 for two days; aborted by mass street protests and support from many in Venezuelaâ€™s military, especially from its middle-ranking officer corp;
â€“ the 2002-2003 general strike and oil management lockout causing severe economic disruption; and
â€“ the August 2004 national recall referendum in which Chavez resoundingly prevailed with a 59% majority.
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It would be especially easy for those of us in the anti-war/anti-empire movement to feel self-righteous and say, â€œWe told you so.â€ By the end of the day on 9/11, many of us saw where the nation was heading and tried, in vain, to argue for a saner strategy.