Volume 96, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Integrity in a new Iraq

To the Editor:

As an attack on Iraq looms, consequently compromising the security of Iraqi civilians, peace demonstrations have become the newest fad. They are referred to as "antiwar protests."

Vital characteristics of our democratic system of government include the rights to "Freedom of Speech" and "Freedom of Expression." One point of concern then: why have the recent peace protests been directed and engrossed by slogans and feelings of "anti-Americanism"? The real message should be the ultimate protection of innocent children and people within targeted areas.

As ludicrous as implementing democracy through acts of force may seem, so to is the gathering of concerned citizens with hateful, violent and counter-productive messages towards America. I applaud, especially the North American efforts, of responding to an unjust attack by "the mighty" through non-passive motions of human worry.

I hope that, as the increasing likelihood of war becomes a cause for further social activism, we move forward as concerned Canadians through means that will allow us to look back on this era as one that featured attributes of good Canadians – pride and integrity

Jason S. Grbavac
Political Science III

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