Discussion #1: An undemocratic war for democracy?
From 2006 to March, 2008 there were various well-publicized polls showing a majority Canadian taxpayer opposition to Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Click here for list of links to independent verification.
Despite that, on March 13, 2008, the House of Commons voted to extend it by 2 more years (from 2009 to 2011).
In other words, the majority of the taxpayer funders of the war opposed it, but the government used their money to extend it anyway.
The opposition to the extension existed despite the new conditions attached to the mission.
Here’s the question: Is it logically consistent for the House of Commons to order that kind of undemocratic war …while at the same time claiming to do so for the sake of furthering democracy around the world?
Discussion #2: A silenced majority?
This puts the majority of taxpaying funders of such a war in the following awkward position:
How do us Canadians now commemorate Remembrance Day together with 2009-2011 veterans of the Afghanistan war when the majority of us Canadian taxpayers / funders didn’t want that war extended in that time period?
At Remembrance Day ceremonies, is that majority group (of unwilling funders for 2009-2011) allowed to dialogue and discuss things with the 2009-2011 veterans who speak at those ceremonies?
At Remembrance Day ceremonies, is there any time in the schedule for the voices of that majority of unwilling funders?
If Remembrance Day is for “all,” then shouldn’t that include at least the majority?
Discussion #3: Repeating mistakes in future?
Was if right that the 2009-2011 extension to the war in Afghanistan took place without the support of the majority of those who funded it with their tax dollars?
Will it be right if we allow that type of situation to happen again in the future?
Which of the following is the better way to prevent repeating a past mistake?:
- A) Forgetting or hiding the past mistake
- B) Remembering the past mistake and helping others remember it. (ie. “Lest We Forget”)
If you think “B” is the right answer, then see below for something positive and helpful you can do to honour your convictions.
What you can do to honour your convictions
Click here to learn how to download and wear any of the above symbols (posters also available). This will be something positive and helpful you can do to honour your convictions.