Canada’s Declaration of Independence?


Dear Virtual Editor,

I am sure you have noticed that I have not continued my country-by-country explanation of why the West cannot “win” in Bill's Book Cover Uneditedthe Middle East. The main reason is the completion of a bigger part of the effort to save civilians. My book, Canada: The Case For Staying Out of Other People’s Wars is out.  It is a call for a declaration of Canadian independence from U.S. military adventures. Canada’s history has included unthinking military involvement with the wars of powerful patrons, first Britain, then the U.S. My hope is that if Canada gets free and offers the world her rich expertise in diplomacy and peacemaking, the change will encourage other countries to follow a saner path.

Another reason is that I have been appointed advisor to Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament and Leader of the Green Party of Canada. It is a joy to work on rational policy choices.

The book examines every Canadian war from 1899 to present. It follows factors that recur in all of them, like propaganda, the influence of organized religion, and the partnership of capitalism and imperialism.  It also outlines a new and more positive path for Canada. I hope Americans will also read the book. You will see things that counter the prevailing narrative. In the account of Canadian complicity, you will find facts you may not know about the disastrous U.S. campaigns in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

I am not reluctant at all to ask you to buy and read the book. It is well researched and footnoted, but I made every effort to write in a readable, non-scholarly fashion.  My goal is to prompt a rational discussion that has yet to occur about the costs and benefits of war in general and Canada’s wars in particular.  The book is available on line through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and in selected Indigo-Chapters stores in Canada.

Proceeds of sale will be shared with organizations working for nonviolent conflict resolution. Let me know if you have any trouble getting a copy, and by all means post comments here. Help me start a conversation that Canadians and Americans should have had long ago.


Bill Geimer


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“Canadians have for too long been asked to fight other people’s wars without sufficient examination of our national interest.  William Geimer has done Canadians great service by bringing to the surface the undercurrents of propaganda that drag us into conflcts against our own best interests.”  Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Bill Book Cover 3DHISTORY: 
Canada did not come of age at Vimy, and in all of Canada’s wars both soldiers and civilians have died in vain. So why do people continue to support war in general, despite its poor record of benefi ts? And why, in particular, does Canada involve herself in other people’s wars? Why does Canada, never under any realistic threat of invasion, continue to fight?

In Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars, author and trial attorney William S. Geimer presents the case that Canada should end its fealty to powerful patrons like the United Kingdom and the United States and instead make a more valuable contribution to international relations. Presented as a case laid out at trial, the arguments outline a new vision and challenge the prevailing myth that Canada came of age on the world stage at Vimy Ridge during the Great War. The evidence presented contains the stories of ordinary soldiers and civilians from every Canadian war, and it traces unexamined factors that have produced foolish wars and a failure to enhance security—a failure that governments of all stripes have been unwilling to admit. Canada must follow a new and better path. Pursuing policies derived from being in other people’s wars can never provide Canada with the kind of international recognition its citizens deserve. It is past time for Canadians to talk rationally about staying out of other people’s wars. The story of those wars tells us there is a better way.


William S. Geimer is a retired trial lawyer and law professor.  He is a veteran of the US 82nd Airborne Division. Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars is his first work outside the fi eld of law. William and his wife, Elizabeth Bennett, are Canadian citizens. They currently reside near  Victoria, British Columbia.

“As William Geimer shows, Canadian women have always been a powerful voice for sanity and peace, sometimes even saving Canadians from the worst of other people’s wars. The steadfast opposition of women MPs in the Liberal caucus that kept troops out of the disastrous Iraq War is but one example.” Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

“A very thoughtful book, from which all who are interested in peace and war can learn an enormous amount.” Prof. Ian McKay, Queen’s University historian and member of the Royal Society of Canada.

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