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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Missing the Cold War
Yale historian Paul Kennedy had a terrific column in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, slamming Cold War nostalgia. The threat of Islamism is dire, certainly. But the geo-political situation was much, much more dangerous in 1948 than it is now. Our fathers and grandfathers faced down their challenges: we can face down ours.
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Remember former Liebral "defense" minister Collenette's comments about how he missed the Cold War because there was something to balance the US?
What a fool! Nostalgia for the nuclear "peace" of the Cold War? Nonsense! Madness!
But not surprising - Easterners think in such stupid ways.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-02-20 1:44:55 PM
Taking into account the many'false alerts'and'heightened tensions'both sides endured combined with the fledgling technology of the era....it's stunning any of us even survived to talk about it today.
Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2007-02-20 2:08:58 PM
Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2007-02-20 2:10:14 PM
We all remember Citizen Collenette who had a company in Toronto called Mandrake Consultants prior to his election as a Liberal MP - he has the unique distinction of being the most incompetent Defence Minister in our History, detested by the Canadian Forces, destroyed the famed Canadian Airborne Regiment. We know him well, his most significant quality is that he is incredibly stupid, not crafty
like his good friend Dingwall, but Chretien inflicted these rascals on an unsuspecting public
-now the wily Chretien has created Dion the Leader
known far and wide for his language skills. MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-02-20 2:14:06 PM
We may have been able to stare down our cold war opponents in the Soviet Union, but they weren't a death cult, they were simply envious socialists with no good ideas and no one to fund their non productive socialist society. (capitalism still funds Canada's socialism).
We cannot stare down Islam, it has oil trillions, and is a death cult where their women start pumping out the bomb carriers at about age 13 and don't stop until they are told to.
The only way to win against these monsters is to kill enough of them and to kill the ones who matter ... IE the mullahs who do the indoctrinating.
A good start would be to outlaw Mosques in Western nations.
The next good move would be to stop all immigration from Muslim countries.
If you think this is too radical ... what do you call children as human bombs. What do you call flying airliners full of innocent people in to large buildings full of innocent people.
You must fight fire with fire. It's an old saying but oddly enough it is still accurate.
Posted by: Duke | 2007-02-20 2:40:54 PM
Canada was right on the Front Line during the Cold War - The RCAF of the period was rated as the best fighting Air Force in Europe. We had a very heavy Army and Navy comittment, we were after the USA, the
most significant member of NATO. RCAF role was to
drop Nuclear Munitions on selected East European
and Russian Cities - aside from all the socilist horde and liberal bullshit we as a Nation are very good at fighting wars. MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-02-20 3:37:17 PM
It seems to me that the cold war is not over. Just saying that it is does not make it so. We have ever more communist inspired leftist within working ardently for the destruction of our societies. Add the dire threat from jihadists, and I am not sure we can claim to live in a safer era. Our state of denial cannot alter the reality.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-02-20 4:30:44 PM
I wonder how many people really have any knoweldge about the depth of the racism that has been cultivated in certain parts of the world?
But keep it in context.
Cold war is not what it was.
It has been lost in the shadow of something much more evil than what has been seen on a global scale before.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-02-22 11:52:36 AM
Lady I agree with you. What I wanted to say was that the threat to our freedom and democracy during the cold war did not cease to exist simply because we declared the cold war over. Yes, the threat is much more dangerous to-day due to the 5th column of the hard Left working from within to destroy us along with all the jihadists hell-bent on murdering us - with the co-operation and assistance of the Left.
Another big difference is that the Communists, the Nazis included, retained a strong sense of self-presevation; thus could be discouraged/deterred through the threat of our military capability. This does not work with the jihadists, since they belong to a culture that worships death as opposed to life.
The last and most important danger to-day is our state of denial throughout the West, including Israel.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-02-22 2:25:00 PM
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