David Pugliese, "Up in the air" the Ottawa Citizen,
Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Although this article mentions CANSEC, it deals with "Defence" plans to buy new war planes to replace Canada's CF-18 fighter jets. The article fails to mention obvious words like "war," "peace" or "Afghanistan," but does manage to squeeze in 14 different examples of the euphemistic adjective "defence." The article refers to "defence officials," "defence strategy," "the defence community," "defence dollars," "defence spending," "defence industry," "defence policy," etc., etc. The author interviewed self-described "defence analyst" Steve Staples of the Rideau Institute "think tank" who expresses his belief that CF-18s "are more than capable of defending Canada for years to come.")
Unfortunately, the article fails to include interviews with ANY peace or antiwar activists who might begin to counter the government's "war on terror" or to suggest that the billions of "defence dollars" earmarked for new warplanes should instead be spent on socially-useful health, education or environmental programs. Instead the article states that:
"Critics of the proposed purchase [of new warplanes] agree on the threat of terrorism, but argue that defence dollars should be used to boost coastal and border surveillance. "Do we really need to spend billions on a stealth fighter to shoot down a hijacked aircraft?" asks Steve Staples, president of the Rideau Institute in Ottawa."
Contrary to such assertions, the new warplanes desired by the government will NOT be used for "defending Canada" or to "shoot down hijacked aircraft." Instead, Canada's new warplanes will be used to aid and abet US-led wars. This should be plain to peace and anti-war activists: War planes are for waging wars. The only things that warplanes can "defend" are the profitmaking activities and bank accounts of the war industries contracted to produce them, and all the other corporate interests that profit from the wars and regime changes that require warplanes.
Read about Canada's "investments' in the new JSF (F-35) warplane in the section on "Bristol Aerospace," on pp.14-15, of COAT's magazine issue called "CANSEC: War is Business."