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Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War
propaganda in context
Pearson College and NATO’s United World Colleges
In 2017, BC’s Pearson College, a member of the United World Colleges (UWC) "movement," co-hosted an event with Global Affairs Canada at which then-Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland celebrated Lester B. Pearson as a "Canadian Icon" who promoted "peace, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world."1
Pearson College president, Désirée McGraw,2 a prominent Liberal Party insider, noted that Minister Freeland is "an alumna of UWC Adriatic and a good and knowledgeable friend of the College and the UWC movement [who] spoke at this event to recognize her predecessor.3
Now-deputy prime minister, Freeland was a student at UWC Adriatic in Italy during her teens (1984-86).4 The UWC network of elitist boarding schools has shaped the minds of all manner of celebrities, royal-family members and other agents of influence.
Alumni from its 18 colleges on four continents have included those who ended up
as heads of state, political decision makers, CEOs, venture capitalists,
religious and military leaders, celebrity artists, actors and powerful members of the
Fifth Estate. Besides training privileged kids of the elite, whose sponsors pay
$100,000 for a two-year degree, the UWC also allows certain refugees on scholarships
from specially selected war zones.
The UWC’s NATO origins
British Air Marshal Sir Lawrence Darvall played a key role in creating the UWC. The UWC website reveals that in 1955, its founder, Kurt Hahn, "visited the NATO Defense College in Paris" where Darvall was commandant (1953-55). There, Hahn "was inspired by the cooperation and loyalty to a common cause that he witnessed among military men who had been adversaries in World War Two."5 The military enemies who "inspired" Hahn with their "cooperation and loyalty" to NATO, included veterans of Italy and Germany which joined NATO in 1949 and 1955. Their "common cause" in NATO was a shared, seething hatred of communism, both at home and abroad. NATO embraced these fascists and Nazis, and their collaborators from Eastern Europe, because they all wanted to continue fighting the USSR.
Kurt Hahn, a German nationalist, converted from Judaism after WWII. "I am of the firm opinion," he said, "that you can fight Communism only on a Christian basis."6
The second factor that "laid the foundation of the UWC movement" was the "rapidly developing relationship" between Hahn and Darvall. One of their goals was to bring together promising young men in a milieu of proNATO/antiSoviet ideologies and to groom them for leadership roles. This "led directly to the concept of Atlantic College."7
The UWC’s global presidents have included such royal, military luminaries as Lord Mountbatten (1968-77).10 This followed his stint as chair of NATO’s Military Committee, and his role as the longest-serving chief of Britain’s "Defence Staff."
Pearson UWC Praises Trudeau
Formed in 1974, with groundwork laid by NATO co-founder, Lester B.Pearson, the "UWC of the Pacific," Pearson College, is a significant part of the UWC movement. In March 2016, Pearson UWC president McGraw addressed the Canadian International Council11 in Victoria. She began by saying it was "an honour" to be there on
"such an auspicious day with the announcement by our Prime Minister [Justin Trudeau] that Canada is making a bid to take a seat on the UN Security Council beginning in 2021!"
McGraw then praised Trudeau for his "often repeated declaration that Canada is back." (Emphasis added.) This she said was "music to the ears" of all of us who care about Canada’s role on the world stage—a role which has been severely diminished by successive governments since the glory days of the last half of the 20th century.12
During those "glory days" of "Pearsonian Internationalism," Liberal governments distinguished themselves as loyal Cold Warriors, and provided as much support as they could to US-led wars and coups while still billing themselves as global guardians of peace and justice.
of the 21st century continue this noble tradition of hypocrisy and duplicity.
References and Notes
2. MacGraw, a former senior advisor to PM Paul Martin, was designated a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum along with John Baird and Chrystia Freeland.
3. Désirée McGraw, Celebrating a Canadian Icon & Raising Awareness, Dec. 15, 2017. http://bit.ly/PearsonMcGraw
4. UWC Adriatic, Alumni Profiles http://bit.ly/UWCAD
5. UWC History & Founding Ideas http://bit.ly/UWChist
7. Carl Flesch, Who’s Not Who and Other Matters, 2006, p.107. http://bit.ly/onHahn
8. John Hodder, Atlantic College, cited by US Col. Richard Stillman, "NATO Defense College," Military Review, Professional Journal of the US Army, Jan. 1964. http://bit.ly/NATO-UWC
10. UWC History... op.cit.
11. McGraw is a former advisor of CIC Montreal. CIC, which calls itself "Canada’s premier forum for global affairs," is a propaganda mill created by elite politicians, businessmen and media moguls. Tory Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden (1911-20) became its first president in 1928.
12. Désirée McGraw, "The role of education in international cooperation—how Canada plays its part," Mar.16, 2016. http://bit.ly/PearsonUWC
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