Volume 95, Issue 40

Tuesday, November 13, 2001
 
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NEWS

Confidentiality called into question

Sixth? Maclean's screws us again

Peaceniks get rowdy

Western remembers violent century of warfare

Walkerton doc issues warning

Peaceniks get rowdy

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff


A group of Londoners held a candle-light vigil at the city's Peace Gardens Friday night.

Approximately 100 people came out to sing and listen to various speakers from the London area denounce the actions of the United States government.

"The Afghani people are paying for the terrorist actions," said Afghan native Tayiba Nasr. "They've already been the victim of 23 years of war – Afghani people need food, water, shelter and peace; not more bombs."

Tim Blackmore, a Western media, information and technoculture professor, spoke on media coverage of the war.

"For them, the way to get the story is straight from the Pentagon – the media is simply rewriting the releases the Pentagon is giving them," he said.

"In Bush's speech [last Thursday], he mentioned the terrorists made widows and orphans out of many Americans, but he's forgetting to mention he's making widows and orphans out of many Afghanistan people," Blackmore said.

Blackmore also questioned whether the war will ultimately be effective and urged world leaders to find other means for resolution.

"We've had a war on crime and a war on drugs and we've seen how successful those have been," he said, inciting laughter from the crowd.

Blackmore went on to say people should alter their traditional methods of commemorating Remembrance Day.

"This year the poppy is about killing," he said, adding many people are wearing the flower just to show support for troops overseas. "This year, don't wear a poppy and tell people why you aren't wearing it."

Munir El-Kassem, a Western dentistry professor who is part of the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario, spoke of his firsthand experiences with war.

"I lived in Lebanon for the first three years of my life – I know the horror to live when bombs are falling," he said.




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