Volume 93, Issue 55

Tuesday, December 7, 1999


Stigma was attached to the artistic

Looking back on an old letter

Putting comments in context

Would the university sell out?

Inaccurate portrayal of French

Napster not educational

Looking back on an old letter

Re: "Looking back on an altered past" Dec. 1

To the Editor:

I am responding to the letter entitled, "Looking back on an altered past" by professor Michael P. Carroll. He raises many issues concerning the Remembrance Day vandalism on the Holy Roller Tank and on Canadian involvement in the wars of this century.

He first suggests some public statements made in response to the vandalism were propaganda. He suggests it is false that our soldiers fought to preserve democracy in the First World War. This is a ridiculous statement, just ask the United Kingdom or France if our soldiers fought for democracy.

Secondly, he misses the point about the vandalism. The point is that this act of vandalism was a direct insult to all those that fought, served and died for our country. This act of vandalism defaced a war memorial in memory of those who served in our armed forces and thus should be vehemently condemned by everyone.

In my opinion, Carroll's letter half-heartedly condemns vandalism in general, but seems to support the message left by these cowards. Secondly, he questions the United States and its allies (Canada) for actions in Kosovo. He seems, however, to have a selected sense of history.

One, he criticizes the Allied bombings in Kosovo, but does not offer another solution that would have stopped the genocide in Kosovo. At least Canada, the U.S. and our other allies took the initiative and carried out actions in stopping Serbia. I'll bet that professor Carroll would be one of the first ones to also condemn Canada and the U.S. if they did nothing to stop the genocide.

Instead of attacking the U.S. at every opportunity, professor Carroll should recall history that he so poignantly noted – and that is without the U.S. involvement in the Second World War, Canada's democracy would most probably have been destroyed by Germany.

Second, without U.S. action in Serbia, the Serbians would still be carrying out genocide. The U.S. primarily stopped both of these heinous actions. In light of this, he should sincerely be thanking and praising the U.S. for their involvement in world affairs and not condemning their actions.

Jamie Jefferson
Geography/Politics IV

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