October 1, 2012

It was with dismay and a fair amount of embarrassment that I read Joe Gunn's comment "Canadians must till the ploughshares of peace and justice" in Sept. 10 WCR.

Mr. Gunn proceeds to summarize an academic work, whose main premise is that a non-peacekeeping force is by default pro-war and anti-peace.

According to Mr. Gunn, Canada suffered from Vietnam syndrome without actually fighting in Vietnam, and Don Cherry's short "Support the Troops" diversions on the CBC are now "an extended infomercial for war."

One wonders if Mr. Gunn and the academics he quotes have ever seen a Soviet era military parade; now that's an extended entertainment in favour of war.

Speaking of which, somehow Mr. Gunn overlooks the Soviet influence of the May 1950 Maple Leaf Gardens peace rally and Ban the Bomb movements. One wonders how much "peace" Soviet Christians of conscience and political prisoners enjoyed, as Westerners demanded we "just all get along" with their persecutors.

None of Mr. Gunn's article is a Christian discussion of the theological idea of peace or just war. Does Mr. Gunn and his academic fellow travellers even understand these concepts?

As Canadians die in Afghanistan, we do so to support democratic elections, not to colonize and enslave the Afghanis. Since the idea of UN peacekeeping has fallen apart, there have been no calls to invade our neighbours for "Greater Canada."

And honouring the lives of Canadian Forces personnel lost in the name of its citizens does not prevent the same citizens from criticizing our foreign policy.

Elizabeth Hanatuke
Edmonton