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Letters to the Editor

03/04/2015

American, Canadian actions precipitated ISIS reactions here

The Editor: Surely everyone deplores the actions of the ISIS military forces, in particular regarding their practice of decapitation or killing of anyone they consider “the enemy.”

But Canadians should keep in mind the impersonal view of how we (through our government, which we elected) react when we learn about the inhumanity and cruelty of ISIS’s forces. We then immediately send F-18s to Kuwait, from where we launch bombing attacks on ISIS targets in Iraq. Then only God knows how many innocent people we inadvertently kill or injure.

It is only prudent for Canadians to ask, what brought about the formation of ISIS military forces in the Middle East? We should remember what followed when the American military invaded Iraq in 1990 (the Gulf War), and then again in 2003 (the Shock and Awe War) with the help of Canada, and our Canadian General Walter Natynczyk. Those two wars preceded the joint invasions of Afghanistan by American and Canadian forces, which in total have caused the death, injury and displacement of well over one million human beings in the Middle East, leaving both those countries in shambles. That is why we have Middle East terrorists in the U.S. and Canada.

How would the citizens of Canada and the U.S react if Iraqi and Afghan military forces inflicted one million deaths, injuries and collateral damage in the U.S. and Canada?

It has been stated that the leader of ISIS is an Iraqi person who spent time in an American prison named Camp Bucca, which was maintained not far from the city of Baghdad. Can anyone imagine how Americans would react to an Iraqi-controlled prison near Washington?

War is inhumane. Politicians allow wars. No one really “wins” a war. Only the manufacturers of the weapons that kill, and those global interests that fund them reap the financial rewards of war. — Leo Kurtenbach, Saskatoon