LETTERS

Canadian government rejection of UN document ‘an embarrassment’

The Editor: I am a regular reader of the Prairie Messenger. I am impressed with the paper every time. Thank you very much for an item in the Oct. 8, issue.

The Canadian government action on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an embarrassment for Canada. I am proud of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and their partners for their stance on this draft resolution to the UN General Assembly.

The excuse that the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development gave, that the UN document “cannot be reconciled with Canadian law, as it exists,” is simply nonsense. Human-made laws can and are changed all the time. The director of KAIROS is very polite in calling this action “mystifying.” He should have called it what it is — a prejudiced and racist attitude toward indigenous peoples and a stupid vision when seen in relation to future generations of all Canadians.

I wonder who does the Canadian government represent? Not Canadians, for sure. The present government is obviously serving the mining and oil interests only. Since it was elected by a minority, so it favours a small, self-interested group with money.

Thank you very much for bringing such facts to the attention of Canadians. — A. Hamid Javed, Saskatoon

Protect disabled

The Editor: I congratulate you on your article in the Oct. 8 PM on “Disability rights activists say euthanasia a deadly threat.”

It covers all the concerns about doctor-assisted suicide. Those who have not read it should hasten to do so, as we hear all the wrong arguments in the secular press. — Dorothy Braidek, Saskatoon

Formation of ISIS spurred on by invasion of Iraq by western allies

The Editor: The beheading of western journalists working in Iraq is a horrific act of violence. However, it cannot be separated from the invasions and wars in the Middle East led by the U.S. and its allies, including Canada.

The formation of ISIS was initiated by the 1990 — 91 American invasion of Iraq during the presidency of the elder Bush. It was named the Gulf War. Then in 2003, the second invasion of Iraq was titled Bush’s Shock and Awe war.

The number of American soldiers, and soldiers from other countries that were killed, is over 6,000. To that number we have to add the thousands of Americans and their NATO military allies who were physically and mentally wounded — and some maimed for life. All at a cost of about $6 trillion! Profits were reaped by the manufacturers of sophisticated weapons of war.

The human costs of those wars to Iraq and Afghanistan is estimated at 1,300,000 killed, wounded or displaced. Of course, that includes civilian women and children. A figure has never been stated on the collateral damage to Iraqi and Afghan property. Trillions of dollars? And we did all this to bring our form of democracy to the Middle East.

Considering the statistics above, it is no wonder that people in the Middle East are alienated by foreign military forces. These are the circumstances that lead to the formation of ISIS — now recognized as extremists and terrorists.

Nafeez Ahmed, a British author, investigative journalist and international security scholar, says in How the West Created the Islamic State: “Since 2003 Anglo/American power has secretly and openly co-ordinated direct and indirect support for Islamist terrorist groups, linked to al-Qaida across the Middle East and North Africa. This ill-conceived patchwork of geostrategy is the legacy of the persistent influence of neoconservative ideology, motivated by longstanding but often contradictory ambitions to dominate regional oil resources, defend expansionist Israel, and in pursuit of these, re-draw the map of the Middle East.” — Leo Kurtenbach, Saskatoon

 
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