Political Rant #C-51
I am deeply disappointed by the Harper Government’s [Notice I said, “Harper Government” and not “Canadian Government.” Our prime minister is under the delusion that he represents the opinion of most people in this country even though he only garnered 40% of the popular vote in the last election and he has no way of claiming the majority mood on this particular issue. This is the problem with our electoral system which is another subject. It seems the only way we can defeat the present autocratic leader and have a decent prime minister with a working government by the people and for the people is if the Liberals, NDP, and Greens will form a coalition after the next election and make Elizabeth May the prime minister. I’m not holding my breath.] latest “terrorism legislation” put into law yesterday.

The reduction of people’s freedom to communicate without intervention from government, spy agency or police force is not my major problem with the legislation. My main problem is that it is based on ignorance and fear. Dropping bombs over Syria is too simplistic a solution for such a complex problem as we are dealing with. In fact, the main reason why ISIS might be a threat to Canadians on home soil [if in fact, they are a threat] is exactly because our country has been involved in dropping bombs over there. The aim of a terrorist is as the word implies: to instill fear. We are reacting out of fear and that means the terrorists are winning.

It has been shown over and over that the lone gunman on parliament hill last fall was a young man who struggled with homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness, and had only cursory connections to anything remotely connected to ISIS–other than the spirit of disenfranchisement. The threat that he posed will not be eliminated by bombing nebulous targets over Syria. That kind of threat will be removed by better services for mental illness and drug addiction, i.e. by building compassionate communities of varied people in our local neighbourhoods.

ISIS is indeed a threat to many people in Syria, Iraq, and neighbouring countries. The people fleeing to refugee camps in the desert are our brothers and sisters in the human family and we should be concerned about their displacement and dehumanization. Humanitarian aid is the logical response to their crisis. I do not know how to build lasting peace in that region but I don’t think the way proposed by our government yesterday is a viable option. It defies at least two of the criteria for a just war [if there is such a thing]: most notably, as with previous military campaigns in the region, the majority of casualties are innocent civilians, and secondly, it does not have a reasonable hope of success. Take some time to think of a better way!

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