Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire

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Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire

by Linda Mcquaig

Doubleday Canada | March 22, 2007 | Hardcover

Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
As the Bush administration has turned the United States into a belligerent and lawless force in the world, the Canadian government has followed in close step. Attempting to please our powerful neighbour, Ottawa has abandoned Canada’s traditional role as a leading peacekeeping nation, and instead adopted a more militaristic, warlike stance, battling insurgents in Afghanistan as a junior partner in the U.S. "war on terror."

Ottawa has also abandoned Canada’s traditional attempt to be a fair-minded mediator and conciliator, most notably in the Middle East conflict. And, under the government of Stephen Harper, Canada has joined the United States in becoming a leading obstructionist in worldwide efforts to deal with climate change — perhaps the most urgent issue on the international agenda. The switch in direction evident in these positions has redefined the way Canada operates in the world, transforming our country into a helpful assistant to an aggressive U.S. power, increasingly out of sync with our European allies and with the rest of the world.

As in all her previous books, Linda McQuaig strips away the comforting illusions peddled by those in our elite. With her trademark combination of research, analysis, irreverence and passion, McQuaig shows how the elite has pushed us down a path with far-reaching consequences for us as a nation, and for our ability to find our own way in the world.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.34 × 6.43 × 1.03 in

Published: March 22, 2007

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038566012X

ISBN - 13: 9780385660129

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and insightful Linda McQuaig brings new insight into Canada's sorry history of colluding with U.S. imperial ambitions. At that same time, she clearly demonstrates how the majority of Canadians oppose such actions and in fact largely support the UN and initiatives for peace. This underscrores the deep schism between Canada's corporate/military/political elites, versus the vast majority of Canadians. A schism also found in the US, which is also largely ignored by the mainstream press. The good news is that most people appear to remain concerned about escalating violence and war. The bad news is that Canada's Harper government appears oblivious to the democratic will of the country.
Date published: 2007-06-29

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Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire

by Linda Mcquaig

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.34 × 6.43 × 1.03 in

Published: March 22, 2007

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038566012X

ISBN - 13: 9780385660129

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Introduction Although it received almost no attention in the Canadian media, the appointment of Gen. Bantz Craddock as NATO’s top military commander in December 2006 had a significance for Canadians. Craddock had been in charge of the U.S.’s notorious Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, where hundreds of suspected terrorists have been stripped of their most basic human rights in defiance of international law. His appointment as NATO’s military chief meant that Canadian troops serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan were being brought under the ultimate command of a U.S. general deeply connected to the worst aspects of American foreign policy carried out in the name of defeating “terror.” This development should help dispel the comforting notion that Canada has stayed clear of the reckless and illegal course embarked on by the administration of George W. Bush in the post—9/11 era. In fact, there has been a significant shift in how Canada operates in the world, as we’ve moved from being a nation that has championed internationalism, the United Nations and UN peacekeeping to being a key prop to an aggressive U.S. administration operating outside the constraints of international law. In his book Lawless World , Philippe Sands, a law professor at University College London, describes the actions of the Bush administration as amounting to “a full-scale assault, a war on law.”1 This rejection of the rule of law and the global r
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 - Anti-Canadians at Home and Abroad
2 - No More Girlie-Man Peacekeeping
3 - All Opposed to Nuclear Disarmament, Please Stand Up
4 - The Most Dangerous Man in the English-Speaking World
5 - The Threat of Peace
6 - Back from the Abyss

Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

From the Publisher

As the Bush administration has turned the United States into a belligerent and lawless force in the world, the Canadian government has followed in close step. Attempting to please our powerful neighbour, Ottawa has abandoned Canada’s traditional role as a leading peacekeeping nation, and instead adopted a more militaristic, warlike stance, battling insurgents in Afghanistan as a junior partner in the U.S. "war on terror."

Ottawa has also abandoned Canada’s traditional attempt to be a fair-minded mediator and conciliator, most notably in the Middle East conflict. And, under the government of Stephen Harper, Canada has joined the United States in becoming a leading obstructionist in worldwide efforts to deal with climate change — perhaps the most urgent issue on the international agenda. The switch in direction evident in these positions has redefined the way Canada operates in the world, transforming our country into a helpful assistant to an aggressive U.S. power, increasingly out of sync with our European allies and with the rest of the world.

As in all her previous books, Linda McQuaig strips away the comforting illusions peddled by those in our elite. With her trademark combination of research, analysis, irreverence and passion, McQuaig shows how the elite has pushed us down a path with far-reaching consequences for us as a nation, and for our ability to find our own way in the world.

About the Author

Journalist Linda McQuaig has developed a reputation for taking on the establishment. Author of seven Canadian bestsellers and winner of a National Newspaper Award, she has been a national reporter for the Globe and Mail, a senior writer for Maclean’s magazine and most recently a political columnist for the Toronto Star.

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