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Speak Out Against the War

By Ulli Diemer


Letter to MPs and Senators: Please speak out against war

The Bush administration seems determined to attack Iraq without or without UN authorization. We can still hope that it will back off in the face of overwhelming international opposition. If it does attack Iraq, however, Canada will be called upon to take a stand for or against the actions of the United States.

I urge you to speak out strongly, in caucus, in Parliament, and in public, to oppose any participation in, or encouragement for, this war, on the part of the Canadian government.

It is important that Canada's Parliament, and Canada's government, reflect the democratic will of the Canadian public at this vitally important time. Canadians are strongly opposed to this war, and our government should take a stand in accordance with our wishes.

The principles of democracy and accountability have already been severely trampled by those who want to have this war at all costs. Those few governments which are in favour of war - for example, Britain, Spain, and Italy - are acting in direct defiance of the clearly expressed will of the overwhelming majority of their people.

President Bush has made it clear that he intends to have a war even though it means tearing up the United Nations Charter and flouting international law. In a revealing statement, he said that democracy to him means people being 'allowed to express their opinion', but that he feels no obligation to act in accordance with the popular will. Not surprising, perhaps, given that he came to power through electoral fraud, but it is a frighteningly clear dismissal of democratic principles. We must resist this open and arrogant tyranny.

In this context, governments, legislators, and citizens in Canada and around the world can take a stand in favour of democratic principles by opposing this war. Even if the U.S. launches its attack, the reaction of the rest of the world can make a difference by letting the American public, including those many many Americans who also oppose this war, know that their government is leading them into dangerous international isolation. Americans who are opposed to the war need us to speak out to support their cause, and we need them to speak out to support our common cause.

Again, I urge you, speak out forcefully against this war and against Canadian involvement in it.

Sincerely,

Ulli Diemer

March 9, 2003
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