Volume 95, Issue 97

Tuesday, April 9, 2002
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Fighting to sway opinions

U8, you're great

Pray for peace in the Middle East

Useless drivel?

Recombobulator: the finale

Opinions: the year in review

What I've learned...

The mountains and the valleys

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

Fighting to sway opinions

To the Editor:

As a neutral observer, absent of any major religious convictions, I just wanted to take the time and vent my frustrations and disappointment over the Palestinian/Israeli displays in the University Community Centre atrium.

It is quite unfortunate that they have decided to bring the war to Canadian soil. Though I have nothing against cultural affiliations, having strong ties with your homeland or even having a belief system, I have something against presenting facts in a biased manner.

Disguising propaganda under 'informative' displays and having heated debates in the middle of the atrium is not only embarrassing for those involved, but is also uncomfortable for the neutral observers.

Walking through and breathing in the second-hand smoke from your fuming tensions is not something I should be forced to do. Both parties are too fixated on pointing out their differences rather than looking at their common grounds.

Instead of fighting over land, you are now fighting to sway our opinions on who started it first. Pointing fingers and blame is the root of the problem and definitely not the solution.

This country takes pride in its multiculturalism and the fact that we can all co-exist. I may be na•ve to ask you to show Israel and Palestine that it is possible for students to live in peace. To show them that you can sit and discuss current events over a "Roll Up the Rim" cup of coffee or even sit side-by-side to learn.

I guess that kind of idealism constitutes being na•ve, but is it really too much to ask? Please take the time and consider the repercussions of your actions and the examples that it sets to the youth of today.

Don't take away the glimmer of hope that peace can exist.

Daniel Abichandani

Social Science I

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