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The legitimacy of Canada's government needs to be questioned, as long as it continues to hide its barbaric foreign policy decisions beneath a mantle of egregious lies and deceptions. Informed consent requires truth and transparency, not lies and degeneracy.
Currently, we are imposing illegal sanctions on Syria; we are supporting mercenary terrorists invading Syria; we are supporting a Wahhabi dictatorship and the growth of Sharia law; and we are supporting criminally corrupt corporate media messaging. All of this is being done without the informed consent of Canadians.
An article published in The Lancet|Global Health, "Syria: end sanctions and find a political solution to peace", enumerates the toll exacted by these sanctions on the people of Syria:
"The economic losses of the country at the end of 2014 stood at US$143" 8 billion, with more than 80% of the population living in poverty, of whom a third (32. 6%) were in abject poverty, unable to obtain even basic food items. More than half of the population (52. 8%) is displaced, of whom a third are internally displaced. Life expectancy has been reduced from 75. 9 years in 2010 (one of the highest in the region for countries not part of the Gulf Cooperation Council) to 55. 7 years in 2014--a loss of 20 years. The unemployment rate rose from 15.5% in 2011 to 55.7% in 2014, with more than 3 million losing work within the first 2 years of the conflict. The cost of basic food items has risen six-fold since 2010, although it varies regionally. With the exception of drugs for cancer and diabetes, Syria was 95% self-sufficient in terms of drug production before the war. This has virtually collapsed as have many hospitals and primary health-care centres."
Once we add to this the fact that Western-sponsored terrorists deliberately destroyed more than two-thirds of Syria's public hospitals since 2011, it becomes clear that NATO and its allies are targeting innocent civilians, as they did during the sanctions preceding the illegal invasion of Iraq.
We should stop supporting all terrorists in Syria. Sustainable evidence has demonstrated for years that ALL of the terrorists are trying to destroy Syria, and that the West and its allies support them all, including ISIS. Constant efforts to rebrand the terrorists -- Is it "IS', "ISIS", or "ISIL"? -- serve to confuse mass-media consumers, a powerful strategy in the propagandist's toolbox. Beseiged Syrians call all of the invading terrorists "Daesh".
Afra'a Dagher explains in "Syria's Two Front War":
"In Syria fighters call themselves the 'Free Syrian Army' or 'Islamic state fighters' or Daesh or by any other name that suits them. There is nothing 'magical' about this. It is just a kaleidoscope of names intended to cause confusion. In reality it is always the same people calling themselves by these different names."
Canada's Defense Minister, Harjit Sajjan, should be offering unqualified support for Syria against the terrorists, not unqualified support for terrorists against Syria.
Another seemingly self-evident point is that we should be supporting the growth of pluralism, democracy, and international law globally, whereas in reality we are supporting the opposite. Wahhabi Saudi Arabia is a chief financier for Daesh, and a chief proponent in the expansion of Sharia law in Syria. Not only are we selling armaments to Saudi Arabia, but we also support its efforts to destroy democratic, pluralist, non-secular Syria in favour of an imposed puppet Wahhabi regime.
Finally, we should support, rather than suppress, truthful, evidence-based reporting on Syria. Instead, we are supporting criminal, mainstream media (MSM) lies about Syria. Ample sustainable evidence demonstrates that the democratically-elected, reformer President Assad, was not, and is not, a brutal dictator; that he does not "kill his own people"; that it is not a "civil war"; and that the "initiating" demonstrations were neither "peaceful" nor "organic". (Peaceful demonstrations were hijacked, hybrid-war style, by armed, foreign-funded al Qaeda militants.)
The foundation for these dangerous lies include intelligence agencies, and well-funded, embedded "NGOs" such as the White Helmets. The author explains in "Why do people in the West still believe the official lies about Syria?":
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