Here is a copy of an email I just sent to the Prime Minister of Canada:
Dear Prime Minister,
You may do well to follow the simple prayer of St. Francis, which says, in part (and I am not religious; this prayer does speak to me however):
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;…”
Imagine if every leader and citizen lived by this simple creed……
War is never the solution and, in Afghanistan, we must reconfigure the operation to a support role for a diplomatic offensive. I believe you are out of touch with most Canadians in pursuing the combat operations.
It is not the deaths of soldiers, as tragic as that is; rather it is the general immorality of war and the deaths of Afghans, who pose no threat to us, which I and many others point to. Take a look over the last one hundred years – upwards of hundreds of millions of people died because of conflict. It is immoral to use Vimy as a way to raise national consciousness, Prime Minister. WWI was a mechanized slaughter we would not condone today – until the rise of George Bush and his coterie of war-mongers.
Please restore Canada’s reputation as warriors when need be, and peace promoters by choice.