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April 16th, 2005 VIA FAX
TO: Jennifer Leask, Associate Producer, CBC Television News, The
National, Peter Mansbridge, Rex Murphy, Ian Hanomansing, TalkBack & Sunday Report
cc's: ViveLeCanada, Jack Layton, Harold Funk
Re: Canadian military: New plans for warships, military helicopters
and special units to deal with insurgents.
Where will we get the ships? Who will stand to gain? Why should we
support another country’s military industry when we have millions of
unemployed men and women here in our own country? In wartime men and
women worked side by side building some of the best military airships in
the world with no previous special training and did it in record time.
Why then can we not train and employ Canadians today who desperately
need work to build our own Canadian ships, planes and helicopters? When
Canada’s Arrow project was scrapped, many of our country’s brightest
minds went to work for NASA. In fact, of those working at NASA today,
Canada’s contribution is invaluable. This may sound naive but why
couldn’t we ask these Canadians to come back and work with us? If it is
indeed vital that Canada strengthens its military at this time, then why
should we not endeavour to seek out our best in this technology and give
them the incentive to return to home soil and work with us in creating a
distinctive Canadian armed forces?
As for the implementation of a new “Special Forces Anti-Insurgent” unit
in our military, I, for one, find the whole concept highly disturbing and,
at the very least, un-Canadian. And who will train them? Will this be
another integrated process where we work with American special
insurgent forces in training? Once again, all naivete aside, in light of
how not only Canadians but the entire planet feels currently about how
the American military deals with so-called insurgents, especially after
viewing photographs taken from the now completely secured prisons in
Iraq, I don’t see how integrated training would in any way represent a
Canadian perspective on the treatment of prisoners of war or, in fact,
who is to be considered an insurgent or prisoner of war.
Jennifer Leask, Peter Mansbridge, Rex Murphy, Ian Hanomansing, TalkBack
& Sunday Report Page 2 of 2
We enter dangerous territory today with these new announcements and the
Canadian populace should be extremely vigilant in the interpretation of
what our military should be representing globally at this time. I, for
one, will continue to find out all that I can through calling our
military public information lines, searching the internet and speaking
with other Canadians to keep abreast of our Canadian military agenda and
our relations with the George W. Bush military new world order; and I advise ALL Canadians to do the same. Never before in the history of our country has our sovereignty been more challenged and more precarious, and if the silent majority doesn’t speak up right now, there sure as hell won’t be an opportunity later.
Medderick Crotteau, Greenwood, British Columbia, CANADA.
P.S.: The last time I checked, Canadians did NOT support the U.S.
invasion against Iraq and I can only speculate what kind of message our
country is sending to its citizens and the rest of the world by
announcing Canada’s intention to create a SPECIAL ANTI-INSURGENT FORCE.
And who exactly, by the way, are the so-called insurgents that we are supposed to be getting ready to defend ourselves from?
I believe we need a strong military, but for the life of me I can’t
imagine why we would perceive INSURGENCY to be a special threat to
Canada. The words TERRORIST and INSURGENT are extremely SUBJECTIVE in
today’s world and I’m certain that the majority of Canadians in our
country would agree that further integration with George W. Bush’s new
world order, especially militarily, goes directly AGAINST every Canadian
value, integral and fundamental principle; and further deteriorates
Canadian identity on the world stage and at home.
Before we go marching off to a war we said we wanted nothing to do with,
shouldn’t we first ask ourselves who we are being threatened by? Is it
hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children who are
being overtaken, killed, imprisoned and tortured every day with little
to no media coverage in their defence? Is this the enemy we are
training our special forces to protect us from? I think not, and I doubt
very much that many Canadians do. There is a threat. Not many would
argue with you there. But I fear it is a lot closer to home and a lot
more cunning than an antiquated rocket launcher strapped to a farmer’s
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on April 25, 2005]