“Remember that the greatest happiness is in scattering your enemy, driving him before you and watching his cities reduced to ashes and those who love him shrouded in tears. Nothing should give you greater pleasure than gathering unto your bosom his wives and daughters and forcing your will on them….” – Genghiz Khan, in a pep-talk to his troops, before the final assault on the gates of the Genoese trade-fortress of Caffa, in Crimea (1220AD)
“I would bomb the shit out of them, knock out the primary source of their wealth – the oil. I’d have American oil companies reconstruct them and rebuild that sucker, brand new. Oh yeah, I’d take the oil. It’d be beautiful….” – Donald J.Trump (2015), referring to Iraq’s oil reserves.
Situated on the Canadian-US border in Southern Saskatchewan, is a tiny municipality named Coronach that, back in the early 19th Century, used to be a small wayside stop for trappers and hunters crossing over in search of game. Coronach’s population never exceeded 200-250 but when the Canadian hunting season began each fall, the figure jumped to 400.
In the early 1970s, a coal-fired power plant came up nearby and the population jumped to 1000 and has remained at that level ever since. The Poplar River Power Project and the adjacent coal mines did inject some life into the otherwise somnolent little town, but only slightly. Pay days saw a slight increase in the bustle at The Rustic Tavern, on Center Street and Sunday attendance at the Coronach Catholic Church grew just a little.
Otherwise, Snooze City would be a more apt name for Coronach.
Before the Annexation of 2025, the US and Canada had the world’s longest undefended border and it was dotted with more than a hundred little towns like Coronach, all the way from Lake Champlain to the North Cascades National Park, south of Vancouver. If you were either a Canadian or an American, all you had to do to cross was show up with your passport or Nexus-Card.
For ‘obviously white’ travelers, US/Canada border crossings were astonishingly fuss-free. You were at one end and out the other within 10 minutes, no sweat. But today, post September 2001, if you are non-white and have a name like Mohammad or Abu Bakr or something, it will take longer and can even get dicey if you can’t converse with the border agents in English.
Before the Annexation erased the border altogether, there were many small towns that straddled it. Two readily come to the mind. Beebe Plain (population 2000), on the Quebec/Vermont border, was one. The border ran right down the middle lane divider of Canusa Street, no kidding. If you overtook someone on Canusa Street, there was a good possibility you would be pulled over by a border patrol agent for unauthorized incursion. To be safe, you had to always carry your passport around, in Beebe Plain.
I remember once, way before the Annexation, we were on a weekend drive around Quebec, when we stopped at Beebe Plain for sandwiches. The Beebe Plain Post Office used to be a tourist attraction because it straddled the border. It had two doors and a counter for each country. Afterward, we came out the wrong door by mistake and were traversing the parking lot when we realized we were in the US. By then two hefty (but courteous) Americans appeared and walked us to our side of the border and everybody had a good laugh over it.
Five miles to the east of Beebe Plain is another border straddling town, named Derby Line in Vermont and Stanstead, in Quebec (population 800). Before the Annexation, the international border passed right through private houses. You could literally make breakfast in America and sit down to eat it in Canada.
If one were to draw a polygon that touched those quirky border towns, the two oceans on either side and the northernmost reaches of the province of Nunavat, then that is Canada, a landmass whose staggering natural grandeur is paralleled only by it’s enormous mineral wealth.
Those upper regions of Nunavat, engulfing Baffin Bay, Hudson Bay and the maze of straits and inlets that collectively call themselves The Northwestern Passages – those 3 million square miles of Canadian territory alone are home to 15% of the world’s known untapped oil reserves and 22% of the unexploited natural gas, collectively totalling 60 BTOE (Billion Tons of Oil Equivalent). Those are just the known reserves – serious exploration hasn’t even started yet.
The far north is not the only oil rich region of Canada. In the Canadian southwest, over millions of years, the Pacific Plate has pushed inward and slid underneath the North American Plate, causing the earth to buckle and rise high until it became the Canadian Rockies, all the while squishing at high pressure miles and miles of vegetation, turning the topsoil into bitumen that became a thick gooey mud we now call ‘tar sands’. The Canadian province of Alberta, east of the Rockies, sits on over a trillion tons of the tar sands, which in turn translate to 15 billion barrels of crude oil.
Besides oil and natural gas, the remote wilderness of the north also sits on immense deposits of other minerals, such as iron ore, copper, zinc, silver and diamonds. The world’s richest diamond mine is not in South Africa, but at Diavik, in Nunavat, Canada, where one single strain churns out over 10 million carats of large, spectacularly clear, gem-quality diamonds every year.
When you leave the northern territories behind and venture south, you find massive herds of caribou grazing over barren semi-frozen land that looks deceptively empty. But take a pickaxe and drive it into the ground and a whole new world opens up before you – one that has obscenely rich deposits of nickel, vanadium and molybdenum, three metals without which the world would never have had stainless or maraging steels and cars would never have been commercially viable as a consumer product.
To the east, in Ontario, large open-cast mines are spewing out titanium – a metal that is absolutely essential to the aerospace industry – from ore that is 15% rich.
Go further south, along the wilderness of the Cascades and the Rockies, down along the rolling prairies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and another land of Aladdin emerges, one that is rich in potash, gold, silver, zinc, copper and platinum and rare earths like tantalum and niobium and a host of heavy metals such as uranium, cesium, tellurium and selenium.
It’s 2026 and Donald Trump is back a year now. The Trump appointed courts and the gerrymandered districts have guaranteed him unlimited power. If there is one thing that history has taught us over and over, it is that when you live in a nation that is endowed with enormous natural wealth, you possess something which your neighbor might covet. And if that neighbor is militarily immensely powerful but $30 trillions in debt and has a hair-trigger demagogue at it’s helm, it is time for you to start worrying.
Further, if the nation you live in is a part of alliances with other nations that assure your security, like the UN Security Council, NATO or NORAD, the same history shows that alliances dissolve over time and that if you don’t plan for that day and arm yourself, you will be vulnerable.
Sounds outlandish, doesn’t it – Canada bent over, it’s shorts around it’s ankles, facing aggression and needing to defend itself? But then so did it sound to many Czechs, back in 1939 and many Crimeans in 2014.
Ever since it first rolled out of the Farmingdale (NY) plant of the Fairchild Aircraft Limited in 1972, no other ground attack jet anywhere in the world has built as formidable a reputation as the A10 Thunderbolt (affectionately called ‘Warthog’ because it looks ugly).
Slower than a turbo-prop, at 300mph, the Warthog is ideal for picking off tiny slow moving targets on the ground, redefining the meaning of the word ‘strafing’ with its single Gatling-type nose-mounted 30mm canon that is capable of spewing 70 high explosive armor piercing rounds every second. Besides the canon, the Warthog also packs six wing pod mounted, laser guided Maverick missiles that won’t leave you alone once they lock onto you.
A large wingspan and aileron surface area ensures that the Warthog can ‘loiter’ at very low speeds and altitudes without stalling, making it highly maneuverable while chasing a moving target like an SUV or pickup truck, over desert terrain. It does not require a long, paved runway either. A reasonably flat dirt or grass covered surface only 550 meters long, is enough for the Warthog to land and take off on.
Because of its unique talents, the US State Department controls who should be able to buy the Warthog and has agreed to sell it to only a coterie of close allies – the UK, Germany and South Korea. And of course Israel – not only because Israel gets to have anything that the US makes but also since Fairchild Aircraft is now owned by an Israeli company named Elbit Systems of America.
In the spring of 2019, it was a Warthog of the 319th Air Wing, based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base at the North Dakota/Manitoba border, which fired the opening shot in a conflict that eventually led to 15000 dead (mostly Canadian civilians) and ended in the annexation of Canada into the United States, relegating it to the status of an ‘unincorporated protectorate’ – like Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. Like these unfortunates, Canadians are not deemed fit to vote in US Elections.
There was no ultimatum. None were necessary. With an external debt that had ballooned to $31 trillion, egged on by a disastrous tax policy, America was left with no choice but to use it’s one tool that would help it get back into the black – it’s military.
America didn’t have to look far for a soft target. There it was, just north of the border – a gigantic plum, ripe for picking – Canada.
What a plum Canada was – a luscious juicy pathetic plum. Against the US’s 13500 combat aircraft, Canada owned only 426. Canada had no attack helicopters while America had 6500. Main battle tanks? Forget about it, against the US’s 8800, Canada had just 180, most of which required maintenance. Active duty personnel – Canada 95000 and the US 1400000. Naval fleet strength – Canada 63 and the US 415. Annual defense budget – Canada $14 billion and America $625 billion. With no nuclear warheads, no strategic bombers, no ICBMs, no aircraft carriers and no destroyers. And guess what, a 2026 Gallup Poll suggested that a majority of white Canadians would embrace Donald Trump.
Yes, Canada was a plum.
Territorial control over Canada had been part of Washington’s geopolitical and military agenda since the 1860s. Immediately following the end of the American Civil War, the dust hadn’t yet settled when the US began planning it’s next military conflict – the invasion of Canada.
In 1866, a bill made it’s way into the US Congress, named simply Bill to annex Canada.
Threatened and panicky, the Canadian states – until then autonomous territories – rushed through legislation to unite and convert Canada into a country, correctly surmising that it would be difficult for the US to conduct a military invasion on a sovereign nation, which – at least at that point in history – had firepower comparable to it.
On July 1st 1867, Canada enacted the British North America Act and became one nation. Realizing that it had been delivered a fait accompli, unwilling to risk attacking a large unified adversary, the US backed off and the bill to annex Canada remained there in Congress, somnolent though still active, awaiting ratification.
Fast forward to April 2002 and the sudden orgasmic throes of nationalism in the US, in the wake of 9/11. In those days, the US Defense Secretary was a satanic prick by the name of Donald Rumsfeld and he conjured up the concept of binational integration – a complete merging of military command structures, along with immigration, economy, law enforcement and intelligence gathering – all in the name of the ‘War on Terror’.
Rumsfeld proposed the formation of an entity called US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Without consulting the Canadians, he proposed that the territorial jurisdiction of the USNORTHCOM on land and sea would extend into Canada’s Northwest Territories and the Canadian Arctic – regions that just happen to have vast proven untapped mineral reserves.
Rumsfeld gave this daylight heist of sovereign territory a name – the North American Union and Security and Prosperity Partnership (NAUSPP) and the NAUSPP was launched in 2005. Initially the US planned to engulf both, Canada as well as Mexico, into the US Homeland Security apparatus, under the NAUSPP. The terms of the so-called integration went far beyond security – Washington would set the agenda and lay down the legal, political, economic, military and national security architecture of the NAUSPP. Relegated to the status of mere protectorates, Canada and Mexico would cease to function as sovereign nations.
Canada proved a cakewalk. The ruling Conservatives in Ottawa, predominantly Anglo-Saxon and forever American surrogates like the British, embraced the NAUSPP. Mexico wasn’t so eager and in due course, wriggled out of the deal, stopping just short of sticking out it’s middle finger. The US was not perturbed by Mexico’s refusal. Painted into a corner by a singularly one-sided trade environment, with 90% of its exports going to the US, Mexico was so heavily dependent on America that it was as good as a protectorate already.
At the international level, the UN General Assembly and other bilateral summits round the world, the Rumsfeld-Cheney-Rove triumvirate touted the NAUSPP as a means to help Canada become a part of a strong security framework that would fight terrorism in a united, coordinated manner and prevent it from rising within continental North America, not what the NAUSPP would really be used for – usurpation of the natural resources of a sovereign nation.
The text of the 1866 Annexation Bill is tantamount to an invasion plan. I use the present tense ‘is’ because the bill is still active and can be ratified whenever the US Congress wishes it.
Since the bill was introduced in 1866, way before Canada became a federation, the Canadian territories were autonomously held. The bill proposed the annexation of the individual territories of British North America, from Newfoundland and the Maritimes to British Columbia, extending North into the Hudson Bay. It decreed that all public lands be confiscated outright and so would all railways, waterways and canal systems, including the strategic St. Lawrence Seaway that rose at the Great Lakes, meandered northward 2000 kms and spent itself in the Atlantic.
As to the privately held lands, those territories covered almost half of the Canadian landmass, encompassing the Hudson Bay as well as the surrounding lands covered by present day Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and Northern Territories. They were all owned by a single corporate entity called Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) which ruled over it’s territory much like the way that the British East India Company did in India. The Annexation bill allocated funds for a one-time purchase price of $10 million, paid to HBC as compensation for it’s Canadian territories. That works out to $300 million in 2017 dollars, paid for what we now know to be $25 trillion in minerals underneath the ground and the waterways. It would have turned out to be a terrific bargain.
Don’t get me started on America and it’s bargain basement deals.The US was on a buying spree at the time it was contemplating invading Canada and it bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, roughly $ 210 millions in 2017 dollars. Today, Alaska exports $1.15 billions worth of just Alaska Crude in a single month. Then there was the deal with Cuba – for a monthly rent of $4000, in a lease that has no end date, the US has complete jurisdiction over a 45sq. mile stretch of land in Cuba’s south-eastern province of Oriente which is a natural harbor ideally suited for a military base. Today we know this strip of land as the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
Just who is the schmuck who says America doesn’t do smart deals?
As for Hudson’s Bay Company, still existing as an active business conglomerate dealing in consumer durables, HBC is today headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Incorporated in 1670, it is in the Guinness Book as the oldest incorporated joint-stock company in the world.
To be continued…