Volume 96, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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America: colonial power?

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 warmongers – 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 it is downright disgusting that 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 leads the colonizing pack, telling defenceless Iraqis to be grateful as he occupies their land to free them from barbarism. Generous Bush has also offered [to help] Iraqi widows and orphans, and told them he's helping create food and medicine, provided that they don't destroy their oil fields. 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?

I hope that the smaller states that surrendered their integrity to the mighty power of the dollar and voiced their support for this senseless war are praying hard that they never discover oil. For if they do, it may once again be time for the rich and powerful to rid the world of more "barbarians" and they may just find themselves in the possession of invisible weapons of mass destruction.

We all know the enfeebled [United Nations] won't do a damn thing to protect them.

Betty Onyura
Psychology III

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