MacKenzie is right

July 9, 2003 5 Comments »

Canada’s refusal to join the American-led invasion of Iraq shows a failure to grasp the reality of a new world order in which the United States, not the United Nations, is the global peacekeeping sheriff. – retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie.

The more I read about MacKenzie and his views, the more I like him. He should run for elected office at the federal level.

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5 Comments

  1. Micky July 10, 2003 at 10:24 pm -

    I agree. But unfortunately he did run in 1997 for the PnCs in some Ontario riding and got beat. Our system is not conducive to star candidates. But I would still take it over proportional representation where some back-room people make a list of who gets elected. Then we couldn’t even try to beat Sheila Copps, Svend Robinson, Joe Clark, or any other ingrained politician.

  2. Jeremy July 11, 2003 at 8:46 am -

    I didn’t realize that he had already won and lost. Wow that sucks. Hopefully he will run again – he would be a powerful voice in the house and in the media…

  3. Blair July 12, 2003 at 3:45 pm -

    First, I object to rolling over smaller countries with great millitary indifference. At no time have I ever been convinced that there was any immediacy to invading Iraq and I am even less convinced now.

    Rhetorically, do you always side with the biggest bully in the playground, even when you object to his behaviour? It is a far greater measure of character to voice your dissent and stand up against that which you know to be wrong, notwithstanding the fact that you may get beaten.

    The U.S. has historically been a myopic, lumbering hulk that stamps out resistance, intellectual or otherwise. It can’t understand why the majority of the world has such disdain for its self-righteous acts of indignation. I pray for every U.S. soldier that dies in Iraq as the invasion was terribly misguided to say the least.

  4. Jeremy July 14, 2003 at 10:07 am -

    The case for overthrowing Saddam was strong before, and remains so today. It is three pronged: to liberate a people from a tyrant; to force Itaq to comply with the cease fire it signed, as well as UN resolutions, and restore a shred of credibility to that near-useless institution; and to prevent the spread of WMDs. All three have been accomplished.

    As to the US being “a myopic, lumbering hulk that stamps out resistance, intellectual or otherwise”, I think this is hard to sustain on the evidence. While far from perfect, in the 20th century no nation has inteceeded more often on the side of freedom, no nation has been more generous, and with out it, we would have lost 2 world wars and the cold war. The world owes a debt it can never repay.

  5. Micky July 14, 2003 at 11:08 pm -

    I concur with Jeremy.

    I agree with Blair’s middle paragraph, with the exception of why do you oppose someone? It seems like Canada and Europe opposed it for no reason other than to oppose the US, rather than a reason-based dissent. That doesn’t show character, it is more like childishness.