Statement on Occasion of Biden’s Visit to Canada
No to Warmongering! Get Canada Out of NATO! Not a Single Youth for Imperialist War!
– Youth for Democratic Renewal, March 14, 2023 –
The Prime Minister of Canada’s Office has announced that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will be visiting Ottawa March 23-24. Biden’s visit coincides with the 24th anniversary of the criminal bombing and war of aggression waged against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by NATO countries headed by the U.S., with the active participation of Canada, which began March 23, 1999. It coincides with the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, which was preceded by killer sanctions that caused the deaths of 500,000 children, which then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said was “worth it.” March 19 also marks the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Libya, led by Canadian bombers on behalf of the U.S./NATO “coalition of the willing.” These events underscore the kind of democracy, human rights and rules-based international order the U.S. and Canada are foisting on the people of this country.
The statement that Canada and the U.S. are “reliable partners in the defence of democracy, human rights and respect for international law and the rule of law” is clearly contradicted by the war against Yugoslavia waged by U.S.-led NATO. This was done to circumvent the UN Security Council so as to bypass the veto power of both Russia and China which opposed the use of force against Yugoslavia. In fact, NATO’s war of aggression at the time violated its own founding charter, the “Helsinki Final Act” of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Charter of the United Nations. It served as a precedent for officially renouncing adherence to international law and announced NATO’s intention to carry out global wars of aggression and occupation in the name of a “rules-based international order.”
Subsequent and current aggressive policies in the name of human rights and rules-based international order include the eastward expansion of NATO which threatens Russia to isolate and crush it, arming Ukraine in the U.S./NATO proxy war against Russia; provocations carried out against China by arming Taiwan, sending warships through the Strait of Taiwan, and officials to Taiwan in violation of the agreed-to one-China policy. In a similar vein, on and around the Korean Peninsula, increasingly provocative U.S. military exercises are being held in conjunction with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea and Japan which threaten the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
These many international destabilizing activities to advance the U.S. striving for world domination include illegal sanctions regimes, and the continued blockade against Cuba, which are criminal acts by the U.S. that Canada is appeasing. It includes as well attempting to suppress the struggle of Haitians for control of their own sovereignty and their right to be, in the name of “supporting the people of Haiti;” not stopping the genocide of the Palestinian people; and organizing and supporting coups d’état in Latin America, too numerous to mention. Meanwhile, warmongering and hysteria spread by so-called intelligence agencies about “foreign interference” in Canadian elections are all unacceptable activities.
All indications are that mass murder and a culture of violence have taken over in the United States, arising from an increasingly brutal and racist anti-social offensive at home and the U.S. imperialist dictate of “might makes right” abroad.
Bush’s “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” now takes the form of “Either you are with NATO with its ‘democracy,’ ‘values’ and ‘rules-based order,’ or you are with the ‘autocratic regimes.'” We do not adhere to such “offers that one cannot refuse.” The world does not revolve around such desperate ultimatums.
Canadians oppose U.S. and NATO dictate in Canada. Under the guise of “partnership” and “friendship,” this has given rise to open calls to “put Canada on a war footing” and has led to the further integration of Canada into the U.S. war machine. Among other things, this includes the signing of agreements such as the “Roadmap for a renewed U.S.-Canada partnership” which puts Canada’s human and natural resources, including critical minerals and hydro power, at the disposal of U.S. hegemonic and militarist plans. In the name of human rights the social and natural environment are violated. Nobody discusses the consequences for Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous Peoples, all of whom are considered to be expendable.
Joe Biden presides over a failed foreign policy and the Government of Canada stands condemned the world over for supporting it. The peoples of the world are striving for peace and the peaceful settlement of conflicts between countries and peoples through political agreements. They reject threats, blackmail and the use of force, provocations and brinkmanship and wars of aggression, such as those conducted by the U.S./NATO alliance and their “coalitions of the willing” in the name of “rules-based international order.” Canadians and Quebeckers in particular reject the Canadian government’s integration of Canada’s economy into the U.S. war machine, and a foreign policy set by the U.S. State Department and Pentagon. It is on this basis that we say:
Joe Biden Is Not Welcome in Canada!
Get Canada Out of NATO and NORAD!
Not a Single Youth for Imperialist War!
Make Canada a Zone for Peace!
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