Oct 29 2007
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.