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

Barbarism on our brethren?

To the Editor:

I am torn between hanging my head in shame at the tone and slant of the various letters to the editor or perversely deriving some reassurance that life will continue as normal.

Today I looked up The Gazette and read a few gems which my fellow students posted.

I realize I had unrealistic expectations that Western students could, even for one week, rise above cheap political opportunism and petty politics. After seven years at this university, I should have known better.

I believe our late prime minister once characterized living next to America as sleeping with an elephant. This may be true – throughout our long relationship we have had some disagreements and disputes.

We could, however, not possibly ask for a better neighbour or a greater friend. Now, our friend has suffered an unparalleled act of barbarism. Our friend has lost many, many family members.

Now is the time we must demonstrate our friendship and stand behind our Southern cousins. America has never needed us more and our nation's honour demands no less than our unwavering support.

This will be a turbulent time for our country. Support for America means we must assume our rightful place in the front ranks of the battle to come. Many Canadian lives will be lost in this struggle against evil.

Canada has a long history of fighting against tyranny and wrong. We must uphold the noble traditions of our grandfathers and punish the wicked.

As a member of the Canadian Forces, this has an especially personal implication for me. Two weeks ago, the idea of the reserves being activated was inconceivable.

Now the world has changed and some of the old certainties which we cling to have gone.

G.A.R. Pollock

Masters Business Administration/Law III

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