CC board member Eric Unger sends open letter to his local MP Terry Duguid and Prime Minister Trudeau
Dear Friends in High Places (or should I say, People with Serious Influence)
People are often curious as to why, or how, I could be so deeply opposed to war. I’m not sure if I’ve ever asked them why they are so deeply attracted to it. Perhaps it’s because my point of view is in such an obvious minority that I’ve always felt on the defensive.
So now I’m turning the tables. I’m asking you both (and any of your colleagues with whom you care to share this note) to tell me: Why are you so utterly determined to have our country (once perceived by much of the world to be an international beacon of peace) armed to the teeth with the latest in military hardware? Why are you so totally okay with spending tens of millions of dollars just to research which military jets are most suitable for the types of violence in which you are willing to engage? Wouldn’t it make more sense . . . I’m asking you a serious question here . . . wouldn’t it make more sense to work towards peaceful coexistence than to prepare for mutual destruction?
It’s not impossible of course, but I suspect you have not seen Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ brief plea for a complete cessation of war. It seems that he and I are on the same page in this regard. It appears that he is, like me, attempting to use his influence to end war! And he’s a much smarter person than I am! I would like you to read Guterres’ words below and tell me where, and why, you think he’s nuts. Seriously, let me know!
Do you agree with his point of view, or do you not? If you do, then why would you want to waste the federal treasury’s diminishing resources on 88 custom-made-for-Canada military jets and negate EVERYTHING he is calling on world leaders to do – that is, end the sickness of war? If Canada subscribes to the ideals of the United Nations, if Canada truly thinks peace is better than war, if Canada has the balls to be a pioneer in leading the world towards real peace, than why not invest (heavily) in a Department of Peace instead of a Department of War? Why not, at least, give us the freedom of conscience to which the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms entitles us, and allow us to pursue Guterres’ hopes? Why not invest (heavily) in moving towards a cleaner and healthier physical, social, and intellectual environment?
I await your responses.