Volume 95, Issue 15

Wednesday, September 26, 2001
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Temperance to spare

Canada: a land of cowards?

Barbarism on our brethren?

I think tea is great

The shortcoming of agreeing to disagree

A challenge to WIN

He ain't sexist, he's my brother


'De-robing for charity' crusade?

Canadians make me sick

The 'us/them' dynamic

Canada: a land of cowards?

To the Editor:

I have heard and been involved in much public debate as to what Canada's role should be if the United States launches a full military attack against those harboring the suspected terrorists.

I am disgusted and embarrassed at the all too common suggestion that Canada should not be an active partner in the war against terrorism – a view reflected in various Gazette Opinions articles in the past week.

Several of my peers claim Canada is a peaceful nation and should remain on good terms with all countries. Yes, Canada is known internationally as a peaceful nation.

Are we not also known as a country founded on the principles of freedom, justice and equal opportunity? We all cherish and demand these principles as Canadian citizens. We are proud of the safety and security of our streets and communities.

Yet, when these very same principles we hold dear are viciously attacked so close to home, few of us are willing to stand up and defend them.

The events of Sept. 11 were not an attack on America, but an attack on the free world and it could just as easily have been Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa.

How can we let America march valiantly into this battle while we cower behind and expect them to defend the principles we take for granted?

When we are called upon to ensure the protection of the principles we love for future generations, we turn away and make excuses. Shame on us.

The world knows Canada is a peaceful nation. Let's show them we are not a nation of cowards.

Andrea Gonsalves

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