As a regular reader of Maxed Out , last weeks column disturbed me. I am not an American and Im still struggling to achieve ski bum status, otherwise I had no idea that Maxs life paralleled mine so closely. Now thats scary.
Regardless, I thank Max for putting the other bits about war and politics into print. Readers that rely only on mainstream media are not likely to believe the real, rather than stated, objectives for the war in Iraq. I dare say that if the top 25 real objectives for this war were publicly identified, eliminating WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and freeing the Iraqi people wouldnt even make the list.
Two weeks prior to the war, I heard an international economist on CBC radio explain that the underlying reason for the Iraqi war was a battle for currency dominance between the US dollar and the Euro. That made perfect sense to me. Using information from a difference source, Max came to the same conclusion in his article.
I also concur with Max that the few guys leading the US government are very smart and extremely scary. In early 1993, then Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, submitted a document to President George Bush Sr. entitled, Defense Strategies for the 1990s ( http://184.108.40.206/article1544.hmt ). Donald Rumsfeld became the new Secretary of Defense and in June 1993 he reworked and re-titled the document: Defense Planning Guidance .
The document is a plan for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the US to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for domination over enemies and friends alike.
I understand their strategies and they do not distress me because in the grand flow of human history, its of little consequence. However, I am concerned on how this whole matter might affect Whistler and ultimately my ski bum ambitions.
If I were as smart and as scary as the people running the US government, Id allow an incident to occur that resulted in the closure of the US/Canadian border. If only for a few days, but image the consequences. Crashing Canadian stock markets, a sinking Canadian dollar, resource sector stocks (energy, timber, water?) snapped up by foreign investors, and Whistlers US regional business grinding to a halt. Even if such dramatic measures are not invoked, activities with similar consequences are currently in play.