Twitter’s recent teapot tempest in Canada over a petition to rename Calgary airport after Stephen Harper illuminates a point pertinent to the comin’ round again Remembrance Day pageantry. As with the proposed christening of ‘Stephen Harper International,’ shouldn’t we put a proper end to first, and wait some respectful period of time after, to be sure what’s passing is indeed past before rushing to ribbon-cutting ceremonies and military parades, or consigning historical dates and plaques?
If Armistice, now Remembrance and/or Veterans Day is meant to mark the end of war, and that great accomplishment via the War to End All Wars, isn’t it premature, or just plain rude, to begin the celebration without the guest of honour?
As my old Grandpappy used to say, “Carve it, sure; but, don’t put a headstone in the cemetary before its namesake is in the ground!” And, like putting that grave marker in the boneyard early, it seems to me, getting out to celebrate the end of War while there’s still so much of it around is more than bad manners; it begs bad luck.
David Swanson is a most active peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50,’ among others. He’s director of WorldBeyondWar.org, campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org, and blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He too hosts Talk Nation Radio, and is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
David Swanson in the first segment.
And; Haiti held its first round presidential and parliamentary elections in late October, and as with everything political in Haiti, there’s much more going on there than meets the media eye here. Ezili Dantò is a New York City-based human rights attorney dedicated to “correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti.” She’s a performance poet, founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, and runs the website, listserve, and eyewitness project, FreeHaitiMovement, and the on-line journal, Haitian Perspectives, and author of ‘Vodun Woman: A Performance Poetry Collection,’ and the ‘Kenbe La’ books.
Ezili Dantò and who the West chosen for Haiti’s future this time in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city’s streets in the coming weeks, and beyond there too. But first, David Swanson and Armistice Day at 97.
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