Remembrance Day About War in the Present as well as the Past
Date: Friday, November 11 2005
November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada, and it is a good time to reflect on Canada's involvement in World Wars I and II, and our military involvement around the world since then. Canadians should all be proud of our contributions to world peace, and should work hard to ensure that we will never again have to sacrifice so many lives to preserve freedom.
Canada is currently involved in Peacekeeping missions with the UN around the world, helping to protect citizens in unstable regions like Cyprus and East Timor. But we also have troops in Haiti, where our presence is actually preventing democracy.
"With our military help, a tiny band of violent rebels was able to remove from power the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his entire government. We then handpicked a new puppet regime which immediately went to work on a campaign of repression against Haiti's disenfranchised poor population-the support base for Aristide and his Lavalas party.
The result of our meddling has been what UN official Thierry Fagart recently called a "human rights catastrophe." A rogue Haitian police force trained by the RCMP has been on a rampage against Lavalas supporters; uncounted thousands have been killed; more than 1,000 political prisoners rot in jail without charge."
(source: http://www.ottawaxpress.ca/news/news.aspx?iIDArticle=7668 )
If you would like Canada to withdraw our troops and restore democracy to Haiti, some good starting points are:
Out of Haiti: http://www.outofhaiti.ca/
Halifax Peace Coalition: http://hfxpeace.chebucto.org/content/view/105/2/
The HAlifax Peace Coalition is staging protests in the near future, please visit their site for more details on how you can help. Remembrance Day is about Peace; let's end Canada's meddling in Haiti!