bmtv71 Canadian Military Show

Over the past 2 years, as part of the new cold war over who owns the arctic, the Canadian government has chosen to use its military to show how serious they are about defending their claim. Through a series of missions and exercises that involve land, sea, and air forces, not to mention determined statements from the Prime Minister, they obviously hope the international community will back off and they can reign freely as masters of the arctic.

One small but interesting task I undertook recently was to search for video produced by or about the Canadian military deployed in the arctic. This vlog entry features those images. And while there may be a somewhat humorous element to the idea that Canada would use violence to settle an international dispute, you will also notice that they really are armed and very much playing the new cold war game.

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  1. January 18, 2008

    It’s all just accepted by everyone. The same endless patterns repeating over and over. I realize this is govt/military propaganda, but it’s also true for much of the world’s people. The ideas about needing to fight and defend and engage in war is accepted by the world without question.

    At the same time, I have these instincts. I think it’s universal to want to defend your home territory. However, on this scale, we know it has nothing to do with actual defense or protection and more to do with Military contracts, bravado, and in many cases reckless behavior.

    I wonder if the Canadians will rethink the red paint scheme of the boats used along the third coast.

  2. Julian Todd
    January 18, 2008

    There’s also the interesting case of them attempting to recycle old cold war submarines manufactured by the UK. See HMCS Chicoutimi.

    The press and public have a great fascination with submarine disasters, so you should prepare for the next one to be able to put it into context.

    Have you seen the business case yet? All this equipment costs money, which has to be drawn from the government budget. It makes a difference if the weapons are being manufactured abroad or in Canada as to whether it’s creating any jobs.

    Also, how is government intending to get a return on its investment. One hopes Canadians are not so stupid as to accept patriotic pride as payment — the amount of money the government gets back from mining concessions has to exceed the money it spends on the military. Otherwise, why would citizens put up with their money going into defending what are essentially private profits while it is being taken away from school and health budgets?

    It isn’t the United States, you know. In the US people are used to getting nothing back from the Government. It’s too late for Canada, because they already know it doesn’t have to be like that.

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