No Harbour for War! Make Canada a Zone
No to Cutlass Fury 2019! No U.S. or Other Foreign Warships in Canadian Waters!
Sunday, September 8 -- 1:00-3:00 pm
Park, Spring Garden Rd. at South Park
Halifax will soon be the launching pad for one of the
naval exercises in Canadian history. Twenty-two NATO-aligned
warships will be involved in Cutlass Fury 2019. The
exercise runs September 9-20 with the area of operation being
approximately 50-100 nautical miles southeast of Halifax
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain,
and Germany are expected to take part. These warships will begin
arriving the first week of September.
The exercise will see most of the 22 warships departing
Bedford Basin on Monday, September 9. In Cutlass Fury 2016 there
were two nuclear submarines docked at CFB Shearwater which joined
the war fleet as it left the harbour and this is expected again
Cutlass Fury 2019 will be the largest Canadian-led
warfare-centric event of its kind conducted on this side of the
in over 24 years. It will involve a series of exercises focusing
on tactical training and will facilitate anti-submarine warfare
training in a joint environment. Air defence, amphibious
operations and support to special operations forces is also part
of the exercise training regime.
Cutlass Fury 19 says something about how the Canadian
other militaries view the current global situation. It is the
revival of a level of training that was routine during the Cold
War. Naval action is no longer just about anti-terrorism,
humanitarian assistance/disaster response and the conduct of
maritime intercept operations. This is a return to practicing what
some may call classic naval warfare. It comes at a time when more
than one-half of the main U.S. naval forces are at sea.
In mid-July the Commander of the U.S. Navy's Second
in Halifax along with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard to
finalize instructions and plans for Cutlass Fury 2019. While
is clear that this is part and parcel of the war preparations of
U.S. imperialism and is one more step in integrating the Canadian
Armed Forces into the U.S. war machine.
Various levels of government and private industry are
facilitating Cutlass Fury 2019. Halifax Regional Municipal Council has
approved the war games and authorized a September 9 flyover by a
Cyclone helicopter from Shearwater, four CF-18 Hornets from CFB
Bagotville, two Alpha Jets from Top Aces Inc., and a CP-140
Aurora from CFB Greenwood.
Dartmouth-based LeeWay Marine has been awarded a
worth over $231,000 to supply a "vessel of interest" for Cutlass Fury
LeeWay Marine provided similar service to Exercise Frontier
Sentinel 2019 in early April.
The Trudeau Liberal government
dispatches our navy and CF-18s around the world as part of the
U.S. and NATO's aggressive policies. Our army is posted in far
flung places such as supporting the neo-fascist regime in
Ukraine. Canada has 850 military personnel in Iraq with this
mission being extended until the end of March 2021. Canada has
about 450 soldiers along with armoured vehicles in Latvia as part
of an enduring NATO presence in Eastern Europe. The list goes
Regardless of this country's actual defence needs,
forces as an instrument first and foremost of NATO are eternally
being prepared to join, backstop or even lead aggression against
U.S.-selected targets anywhere on the planet. Far from protecting
Canadians from the danger of war, NATO exercises such as Cutlass Fury
further integrate our country into the U.S. war machine.
Halifax and its harbour have long held strategic
for the imperialists and their monopoly interests. It is one of
the largest natural harbours in the world and is North America's
easternmost port of call with transcontinental rail
The people of Halifax have long rejected the use of
and harbour to embroil Canadians in imperialist adventures
abroad. They have vigorously opposed the "visits" of U.S. and
other foreign warships as well as the use of the Canadian Navy in
U.S. and NATO led aggressions against the world's peoples.
Canada must not participate in U.S. imperialist war
preparations and must also defend its sovereignty in a meaningful
This means not permitting the U.S. imperialists to
command and control over Canada's air, land, water and government
and military assets. We must withdraw from NATO as well as NORAD
and work for an independent foreign policy.
This means removing all Canadian soldiers, ships and
from foreign territory. Most importantly, it means that Canadians
must prepare to establish an anti-war government.
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This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 25 - August 31, 2019
No Harbour for War! Make Canada a Zone
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