Oct 29 2007

Peace in our time, Stopwar.ca style

Who likes war? Not me. Neither does anyone I know. Yet the latest outing by the Stopwar.ca people outside the Vancouver Art Gallery just showcased the problem with the peace movement today: hijacking by loopy people.

Millions of Canadians would protest for peace if it didn’t mean standing next to dinks holding giant banners stating that 9/11 was an inside job.

How would it have felt for featured speaker Afghan parliamentarian Malalai Joya (suspended from the Afghan parliament for rightly calling out her fellow politicians for being war criminals and drug lords) to realize that she’d fallen in with a bunch of wingnuts? It must have been a hard thing for someone with such apparent integrity to make that sacrifice in order to keep bringing attention to her troubled homeland.

Joya has a lot of valid criticisms of NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan. Sadly, all of it was pretty much ignored as the crowd droned internally with their “Out Now” mantra – a position which Joya doesn’t actually seem to share, if one listens carefully enough.

“Out Now” and “Leave as soon as possible” are not the same thing.

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5 Responses to “Peace in our time, Stopwar.ca style”

  1. on 29 Oct 2007 at 3:41 am

    The average leftist activist group is in fact a great recruiting device for conservatives. Whenever you’re trying to win over a crowd of fence sitters, all you have to do is point at the protester who’s walking by in a Che Guevara t shirt, and it’s game over.

  2. on 29 Oct 2007 at 1:54 pm

    I like war, without war the planet would already be uninhabitable, man is the only predator of man and all herds must at some point be culled for the good of the herd.

  3. on 29 Oct 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Anonymous, who wrote: “I like war, without war the planet would already be uninhabitable…”
    As this is a blog and not the editorial page of a daily news magazine, I’m quite within my rights to call you a moron. Thanks for commenting. Cheers!

  4. on 29 Oct 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Great post. Glad someone said it. I’m in the same boat. I consider myself somewhat of a centrist. I can be left or right depending on the issue but prefer the freedom to choose based on reason and conscience, not blind faith. That said, many sensitive and passionate issues seem to have been highjacked by either the left or the right that I would stand beside them on if it weren’t for the wack-jobs. Whether it’s protest for peace, victims rights, the environment or homelessness I can’t agree more that they’d draw much more “physical” support if you didn’t have to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of conspiracy theorists and anarchists who are void of reason.

  5. on 30 Oct 2007 at 8:16 pm

    The “Peace at any Cost” crowd crow on about how military force can’t bring peace.

    Except WW2 worked pretty well in healing in Germany and Japan

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