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Support US Iraq War Resisters

Posted by strattof on October 5, 2008

Pan-Canadian Day of Action

Support US Iraq War Resisters

 

“Canada should be a refuge from militarism.”

 

Today, on September 11th, we remember those killed in the 2001 attacks in the United States.  These crimes took the lives of nearly 3,000 people, causing enormous pain and suffering.

 

Following the attacks, the US administration launched its “Global War on Terror,” leading to the invasion of Afghanistan and, ultimately, the war in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11.

 

Two days from now, on Saturday, September 13th, Canadians from across the country will be showing their support for US war resisters, an estimated 200 people who have come to Canada to avoid fighting in the Iraq war, a conflict many consider to be illegal and immoral.

 

During the Vietnam War, more than 50,000 Americans made their way to Canada, refusing to participate in the conflict.  Pierre Trudeau said this at the time:

 

Those  who make a conscientious judgment that they must not participate in this war… have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism.” 

 

In June of this year, the Canadian Parliament voted to continue the tradition of offering refuge to US citizens who conscientiously refuse to participate in war, voting 137-110 to allow Iraq war resisters to remain in Canada.

 

Unfortunately, the current federal government has ignored the parliamentary vote, refusing to grant resisters asylum, and ordering their deportation instead.  After he was returned to the US, one such resister, Robin Long, was sentenced to fifteen months’ imprisonment and given a felony record for life—all for refusing to be what he called “a tool of destruction.”

 

 

The Voice of the Resisters

 

·         “I feel that if a soldier is given an order that he knows to not only be illegal, but immoral as well, then it is his responsibility to refuse that order.“–Brandon Hughey.

 

·         “Ninety per cent of what the recruiters tell you is a pack of lies.” Clifford Cornell

 

·         “The atrocities that were happening to the innocent people of Iraq. I didn’t want to be part of it no more. I came home and I deserted.”–Joshua Key

 

 

Show your support for the War Resisters

 

E-mail your MP (or your local election candidate) and say you think Canada should be a refuge from militarism:

Ralph Goodale: goodale@sasktel.net

Andrew Scheer: Scheer.A@parl.gc.ca

Tom Lukiwski: Lukiwski.T@parl.gc.ca

Visit www.resisters.ca for more information.

 

 

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