Lester B Pearson , War criminal (notes taken while i read the book The truth may hurt by Yves Engler.)
These are notes taken while i read the book The truth may hurt by Yves Engler.
there is so much info that counts and is pertinent but the highlight to me is the Turkey / Cuba missile crissis. It's a minimal note, a passing note that doesn't seem to bring much attention to itself. it's a huge piece of the cold war puzzle. We are only presented one side of that conflict when they speak of the Cuban missile Crisis. They never mention that prior to it the US had missiles pointed at USSR via Turkey. It's clear now that it was not a provocation from the USSR but more a bluff up the ante on the soviet side. The US flips out and cries wolf. This to me is one of those tiny bit of information that is monumental to understand or start to understand that situation.
the other over aspect of this book is a realization that we as people have actually have made a difference in the future of Canada's foreign policy. We see Harper as the devil and that we sometimes are helpless. I this book we are shown that our foreign policy is not only actually getting a bit better but that we as people have made a difference. Also having a outlook of the cold war,post world war II and the remnant of the colonies and how they slowly stood up against the empire. As dark as it may seem this is still a tale of uprising of our neighbors. The people we encounter in daily life Korean, Vietnamese, Algerians, Ugandan, Guatemalans and so on.
This books somehow uplifting by the sheer number of death that Canada of the past is responsible as oppose to today. i guess it's why they called the silver bloody lining here are some points that you should know of the ghost of Canadian past.
i will lightly also tell you he had ties to the Rockefeller and that should give you a good wink into who he was.
Pearson began lobbying to mount "some kind of international force" for Korea, In his memoirs he explained I was anxious that Canada should assume a full responsibility by sending an expeditionary force. He pushed to send troops into an extremely violent conflict: the death toll./
2 000 000 North Korean civilian/
500 000 North Korean Soldiers/
1 000 000 Chinese soldiers/
1 000 000 South Korean civilians/
10 000 South Korean soldiers/
95 000 UN soldiers
In the face of the Anlgo-Iranian intrasigence, Mossadegh defied English, supporting the nationalization of the country's oil industry. It was a historic move that made Iran the first former colony to reclaim it's oil....In response to the nationalization , the british organized an embargo of Iranian oil, which Ottawa followed. The embargo weakened Mossadegh government enabling the CIA's subsequent drive to topple the prime minister.
On Top of these assaults Against Iran And Guatemalan democracy, minister Pearson accepted the exclusion of Africans from political life in their own countries. He pursued Policies sympathetic to South Africa's Apartheid regime, which emerge during his time as foreign minister.
In 1952 South Africa's high commissioner in Ottawa called Pearson and Canada's Ambassador to the UN, Paul Martin Sr "good friends of South Africa" Wih whom he "got on the famously" The praise reflected their record, Canada's position at the UN help the apartheid regime and during this period south African officials visited first nation reserve to draw insight into controlling their black population.
Pearson 's government gave Washington (effective) control over...Canadian nuclear missiles based near North Bay, Ontario. According to the agreement between the two countries, the Canadian battle staff officer on duty would receive authorization from the Colorado Spring based commander in chief of NORAD, allowing for the release and firing of nuclear armed bomarc missiles without Canadian government authorization.
In brazil, Pearson "I beg of you my latin american friends, be careful; but don't misjudge the americans. They are a wonderful and generous people, the least imperialistic minded people that ever had world power thrust on them"
Brazil Military overthrew the country's elected President Goulart...He wanted to expand suffrage by giving illiterates and low ranking military officers the vote, he also wanted to put 15% of the national income into education and implement land reform. To pay for this the government planned to introduce proportional income tax and greater control on the profit transfers of multinational corporation. Pearson failed to condem the ouster of Goulart.
Ottawa actively supported israel before, during and after the 1967 war. During that war tens of thousands of Syrians were expelled from the Golan Height and between 200 000 to 250 000 palestinian were driven out of the West Bank.
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