April 29th, 2017

Canada should reconsider approach to Syria


By Letter to the Editor on April 20, 2017.

Vietnam War veteran John Kerry’s testimony before the Senate foreign relations committee, April 22, 1971, should be required reading for Justin Trudeau. I suggest it should be required reading as well for anyone who agrees with Trudeau’s contemplated military adventures in Ukraine and Latvia and his premature musings about Syria’s weapons of mass destruction.

Kerry famously asked, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”

I ask Trudeau: How can you ask any Canadian to die in defence of a Ukraine government that came to power after a U.S. organized overthrow and has been replaced by a government of unabashed Nazi supporters?

Syria has been accused of two serious Sarin attacks on its own people. The first one was on Aug 21, 2013 and the last one on April 4, 2017. Now both of these attacks have been discredited, the first one by Seymour Hurst and the second by Theodore Postol.

“I have reviewed the document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the U.S. government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria at roughly 6 to 7 a.m. on April 4, 2017 — Theodore A. Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Trudeau says the path to peace in Syria doesn’t include Assad. Trudeau should be asked to give us one example that would give us reason to be optimistic about removing Syria’s president. In this century the United States (often with Canada’s help or approval) has overthrown governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Haiti, Honduras and Brazil. Given this record, what does Trudeau think Syria will look like once we rid the world of Bashar al-Assad?

Bev Currie

Swift Current


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