Volume 93, Issue 16

Friday, September 24, 1999


Setting the record

401 the highway to recovery

Beach tank a peace preserver or murdering machine?

Beach tank a peace preserver or murdering machine?

Join the anti-conformity club

Beach tank a peace preserver or murdering machine?

Tanks serve one primary purpose in this world – blowin' stuff up.

They were invented as tools of war and were conceived to create a more efficient way of killing people and destroying buildings.

So why is there a tank on Concrete Beach? Do the people who organize these events have no sense of decency?

Apparently it acts as a recruitment tool for the Canadian armed forces. I would assume the thinking is, if you put a big nasty instrument of doom in full view, lovers of violence will flock to the opportunity to kill stuff.

Of course, there is the excuse that tanks are used to maintain peace and order after war, in such places as Kosovo and Somalia. I'm sure such instruments have been used with some degree of success in maintaining calm in war torn areas. Such a use can be applauded.

But this doesn't dismiss the fact that tanks have a big turret sticking out of the front of them which is used to fire explosive projectiles at other humans – in most cases killing or maiming them.

Would it be acceptable for the army to have an atomic bomb on display? Or how about if the Canadian army had land mines placed strategically around campus?

All of these things, along with the people who operate them, have been responsible for millions of deaths.

I do understand war exists in this world and therefore we have to possess things which inflict a great deal of pain on humanity. But just because evil exists doesn't mean it has to be openly displayed.

There's no reason to promote and condone such acts by placing a tank on campus. The university should have a better perception of larger issues and morals. I can't put it any better than one intelligent protester put it – get your murdering machine off our campus.

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