GRC Report; Wed., Oct. 04, 2006
Letter to federal political leaders archived at
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/ under Will Zuzak Letters in centre column.
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada Harper.S@parl.gc.ca
Bill Graham, Leader of the Opposition Graham.B@parl.gc.ca
Gilles Duceppe; Bloc Quebecois Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca
Jack Layton, NDP Layton.J@parl.gc.ca
Forty years ago, when I was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, the Vietnam War was in full swing. Initially, I paid little attention to the myriad of American draft dodgers flocking to Vancouver and the anti-war demonstrations frequented by “pot-smoking flower children”. But I took notice when the solution suggested by an American Nobel laureate in physics was to line up the protestors against the wall and shoot them as traitors. And when a comic strip depicted American soldiers bragging about “killing gooks” in Vietnam, I realized that this was, indeed, the case. The Vietnamese people were not humans, they were gooks.
forward to the year 2006 with Canadian
NATO forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. So far, 37 Canadians
died. Military spokesmen boast of killing thousands of Taliban,
although it is
likely that many of these were civilians. Elaborate ceremonies in
complete with wailing bagpipes, mourn Canadian soldiers departing for
coffins. There is not even an acknowledgement of the Afghanis that have
killed. In Canada, mothers weep and pray for the souls of their sons.
prays for the souls of the Afghanis. In the eyes of God, are the souls
Afghanis less important than the souls of Canadians? If we do not also
the souls of the people we have killed and recognize their humanity,
are, indeed, killing gooks in Afghanistan.
So I would ask the Canadian government and/or the Canadian military to supply me with the names, dates of birth/death, places of birth/death and ethnic origin of the people that they have killed in Afghanistan. This will allow, at least, one Canadian to pray for their souls.
from the Internet indicates that the
ethnic composition of Afghanistan is 47% Pashtun, 25% Tajik, 11%
9% Hazara and 8% others with several different languages spoken.
of the Pashtun are concentrated in the south in the Kandahar region;
the Tajik-Uzbek Northern Alliance is in the Kabul area. During the
occupation in the 1980s, some 6.2 million people (85% Pashtun) sought
Pakistan and Iran, but most have now returned. Further complicating
the Sunni/Shiite religious rivalry; biased ethnic composition of the
military and police forces; international organized crime selling arms
exchange for drugs; opium comprising some 50% of the GDP.
There is a danger that the Canadian NATO offensive in the area could lead to civil war as has occurred in Iraq, rather than the peace and prosperity advertised by the military and supporters of Canadian involvement.
Email to you on May 16, 2006 stated: “I
oppose Canadian Military deployment in Afghanistan unless I can be
that the Afghani residents in the region want us there.” Sadly, I am
not at all
convinced that this is the case, despite the recent pronouncements of
Will Zuzak; 2006-10-02
CC: Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs MacKay.P@parl.gc.ca