Letter: Think outside military options

Please don’t send Canadians to war again—make our country somewhat like Switzerland—defended not offensive.

To the editor:

Re: Surgical warfare in Syria.

Give your head a shake—you cannot send cruise missiles into Syria and “only” attack and destroy “only” the targets that you “think” are harbouring the bad stuff—nerve gas.

Children and innocent people will always be casualties of war.

Learn from Afghanistan and Iraq and remember how many people were also killed or injured by the military “surgeons.”

The U.S. went into both countries and totally destroyed buildings and bridges and other infrastructures to save the world from weapons of mass destruction.

However, let us assume that the missiles will “only” hit the specific targets. How safe are these nerve gas storage units?

Will the explosions hurtle the nerve gas up into the area and gas many more innocent people.

Maybe the U.S. “knows” where the gas is, how it is stored, if it in delivery shells and how much is there.

The nerve gas was most likely purchased from another country—U.S., China, Russia, France or who?

This surgical warfare for the U.S. would be like swatting a fly in a china shop with a tennis racket.

The answer for them always seems to be go in and bomb the snot out of them.

The U.S. and its allies in war are not finished in Iraq and Afghanistan and still they want to take more work on?

I just watched former U.S. president Dwight   Eisenhower explain to the world back in the 1950s about the new fear—the new military establishment and the companies who directly benefit from the U.S. being constantly involved in a war or two or three, and will take control of the government to wage more war because  wars will stimulate the economy.

Remember when the U.S. attacked Iraq how there was a shortage of cruise missiles, so the factories had to work 24/7 to make up the shortfall.

Old out of date weapons are not good to be left on the shelf to rot—the taxpayers paid good money for them so they should be used  somewhere.

We can’t let the factories lay people off or reduce production—the U.S. may need a new war again soon.

Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper thinks like the U.S.—let us stimulate the economy by building war equipment as he is busy doing now.

He builds war equipment when what we really need is better coast guard and search and rescue capabilities.

So, growing old is not fun because we made the mess and now we leave that mess for our grandchildren to deal with.

Let us hope the future generation is smarter than ours.

Vote in the next elections and vote for your grandchildren’s future.

We need to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.

Please don’t send Canadians to war again—make our country somewhat like Switzerland—defended not offensive.

If we do not trade war equipment maybe there would be less wars?

Jorgen Hansen,



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