War Resisters Kim Rivera and Chris V recently spoke in London, Ontario; this from the London Free Press.
Canada should be proud to welcome war resisters
Why should Kim Rivera, or any other U.S. Iraq war resisters living in Canada, be separated from their kids, jailed and given a criminal record for saying no to the Iraq war?
George W. Bush never served. He got out of it. Dick Cheney cleverly avoided the draft as well. Cheney reportedly said, "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service." At least Rivera and many of the resisters signed up to serve their country and actually went into combat in Iraq. But the architects of the disastrous war in Iraq will never spend a day in jail for the lies they told their soldiers.
Why is the Harper government so eager to side with Bush and punish the soldiers who saw the light and said no to an illegal war? A majority of Canadians and their MPs recognize this as an injustice and want them to be able to live in a country that proudly said no to the Iraq war.
David Fox, Toronto
This is in reply to a "deport the cowards" type of letter in the Calgary Sun:
Bethany Smith, the gay U.S. soldier who deserted, should be allowed to stay in Canada. (Letters, Dec. 28) National polls show clearly that a strong majority of Canadians want all war-resisters to be allowed to stay in this country. They don't need to be in the refugee process at all. Just let them apply for permanent residence. This is also the clear will of Parliament (which has voted twice to let war resisters stay in Canada), so where does the Conservative minority government think it gets a mandate to defy the democratic will of Canadians by continuing with the deportation of these courageous individuals?
Thank you, David and David!