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Saturday, 24 September 2005 16:05
How Canada Can Help Stop Terrorism

Halifax Chronicle-Herald
- It's official: The Bush administration knows nothing about terrorism. Neither, it seems, do the leaders of our own government. Over the course of two years, University of Chicago professor Robert Pape compiled the first complete database of all suicide-terrorism since 1980.

His study, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, was released this summer. Paradoxically, the study indicated that the vast majority of such terrorist attacks (95 per cent) were driven not by fundamentalist beliefs, but by a clear political objective. From Lebanon to Iraq to 9-11, Pape concluded that the driving force of terrorism was the aim of compelling "modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland."


Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 09:34:47 -0500
From: angela bischoff < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > (by way of Mike Nickerson)

In honor of all the anti-war protests happening
around the world Sat. Sept. 24, below find a
great piece which gives some background into
Canada's role in the war machine.

For details on anti-war rallies happening around
Canada (in at least 19 cties/towns) on Sept. 24,
see the Canadian Peace Alliance website:

The Chronicle-Herald
Opinion, Wednesday, September 21, 2005, p. A7
Stuart Neatby

Canada can help stop terrorism
The point is one that anti-war movements and
progressives have been making for years, be it in the
case of Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan: How do you
stop terrorism? Easy. Just end the illegal wars and
occupations. Stop participating in it.

Yet, despite the unpopularity of the Bush regime in
this country, Canadians have a tendency to forget our
own complicity in every step of the "war on terror."
After facing a military bombardment which killed an
estimated 3,400 civilians over the course of two
months, the people of Afghanistan continue to suffer
under the dismal conditions of an occupation supported
to no small degree by our own military. Still, despite
the opposition of the majority of Canadians to the war
in Iraq, Canada's recent offer of 1,500 additional
troops in Afghanistan will serve to free up U.S.
troops for its continuing campaign there.

Meanwhile, the Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin
currently has a contract in place to manufacture 300
million to 500 million bullets for the U.S. occupation
forces in Iraq. The contract was approved by Canada's
Foreign Affairs Department. Canada also continues to
supply RCMP-led police training to Iraq's brutal
police force. A recent report by the UN Assistance
Mission for Iraq found "systematic use of torture
during interrogations at police stations" throughout
the country. Such abuse fits into the documented
pattern of brutality committed against Iraqi civilians
by U.S./U.K. forces. Over 100,000 Iraqi civilians and
1,700 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since
March of 2003 as a result of the occupation.

Apart from Iraq and Afghanistan, Canada has assumed a
leadership role in the dismantlement of democracy in
Haiti. Since the removal of elected leader
Jean-Bertrand Aristide by U.S. Marines, Canadian RCMP
commissioners have been leading the training of the
Haitian National Police. According to numerous human
rights reports, the HNP has carried out scores of
human rights abuses and massacres within the poorest
neighbourhoods in the country, particularly those in
which support for Aristide's Lavalas party has been
high. Meanwhile, Elections Canada continues to oversee
the upcoming sham elections in Haiti at a time when
most political candidates of the Lavalas party, still
supported by the majority of the population, are
either dead or imprisoned.

So, what can Canadians do to stop terrorism? A good
start would be to cease actively participating in
illegal U.S. wars and occupations, such as those in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Canada could also grant asylum
for those American soldiers who have refused to
participate, and who have crossed over into Canada in
protest. A strong call for the resignation of the
Canadian head of police training in Haiti, or a full
pullout of Canadian personnel from Haiti would also
allow the "freedom-loving," "democratic" nations of
the world to live up to their rhetoric.

On Sept. 24, people from around the globe will be
marching in order to call for an end to such
occupations. It is time for Canadians to stand up and
speak out against our own government's open support of
Washington's wars of terror.

Stuart Neatby is writing on behalf of the Halifax
Peace Coalition

? 2005 The Chronicle-Herald - Halifax. All rights reserved.


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