Volume 96, Issue 100
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Getting the terms of war right

To the Editor:

I am impressed by the Canadian government's refusal to support the bloody American quest for cheap oil. However, it is disconcerting that some Western students are suggesting Canada should sanction America's moral authority in this war.

To the war-mongers – campaign in the name of politics and economics if you must, but don't pretend to champion some moral cause. Innocent people are dying, a sovereign state has been invaded without the United Nations' mandate and President George W. Bush continues to wield his mottled banner, "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

This is no more a war of liberation than colonization was a mission of friendly exploration and evangelization. Only the tactics have changed. Back then the British led the colonizers and the ploy was to have the "barbaric" locals close their eyes and pray while they stole resources, raped the land and "civilized" them.

This time, Bush is telling defenceless Iraqis to be grateful as he occupies their land to free them from barbarism. They should also be grateful when he institutes a puppet regime that will manage their resources according to American self-interest. How can anyone fail to see the injustice?



Betty Onyura
Psychology III

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