Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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Unhealthy sentiments

Re: "Bush – the idiotic rhetoric," Jan. 10

To the Editor:

It is nice to see that Mr. Loney's four years of "higher education" have not advanced him beyond unconstructive ad hominem. It also appears that Mr. Loney has failed to overcome the hypocritical approach to world politics from which so many Western students suffer.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with George W. Bush's approach to foreign policy is not the issue I have with Mr. Loney. Instead, it is his grossly generalized opinions and factless arguments that should serve as an embarrassment to all Canadians. He claims that Mr. Ryan Murphy, "being a product of corporate America... can never truly be a Canadian." Such elitist claptrap certainly demonstrates where Americans get their anti-Canadian attitudes from! At least Mr. Loney did not follow it up with the maple leaf-waving sentiment of tolerance.

Why is it that America is constantly harassed by us in the north for interfering with other countries's matters? This is hypocrisy in its truest form: we take it upon ourselves to dictate to America – its citizens and politicians – the "correct" course of action. I would simply love to know who gave the Western student body the right to say what is "just" and "unjust" in this world. For a country that is supposedly so accepting of others, there is certainly no shortage of hatred shown on this campus towards our neighbours to the south.

I guess that it's OK to hate and discriminate against a group of people, as long as it is "socially acceptable" to hate that group, which currently happens to be Americans. I don't know what kind of liberal morality you people learn in your courses, but it clearly translates into ignorance of the first order.

Lee Rehorn
Electrical Engineering IV

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