and jeers for Moore (read
After reading Michael Moore’s attack of PRESIDENT Bush I can
only shake my head in disbelief at his unsubstantiated accusations.
No, the majority of Americans are not against the war in Iraq, in
fact every news poll taken shows the majority of Americans are in
favor of ridding the world of the tyrant Saddam. As for Iraqis never
killing Americans that’s debateable; but it’s a fact that
the world’s terrorists get their training in Iraq.
Alan Paske (by email)
I wanted to thank you personally today for your courage in publishing
Michael Moore’s article in your April issue. Michael Moore
has expressed powerfully what I feel and what probably lots of people
Thank you very sincerely,
Editorial note: Michael Moore recently signed a deal with Mel
Gibson’s production company for his next film, Fahrenheit
911, exploring the business relationships between Osama bin Laden’s
father and George Bush Sr. It is scheduled for completion in 2004.
Canada in the European Union (read
What would happen if Canada joined the EU, as Stephen Bradley advocates
in the March 2003 Common Ground?
The USA would put economic and possibly military pressure on Canada
to reverse course, because its economic interest in Canada would
be threatened and because it would not wish to share its Northern
border with an emerging superpower federation whose foreign and
military policy is dominated by an increasingly unfriendly France
Caada would have to count on the EU countering US pressure by being
willing and able to protect and defend its new membership in the
federation, with economic aid and with military forces on the Canada-US
border to deter the American military from forcibly removing Canada
from the federation and putting it back into the US sphere of influence.
What Bradley advocates is a fascinating thought - similar to a counterpart,
the idea of ex-Soviet Bloc Eastern European States applying to become
new individual states of the USA in order to avoid being dominated
by France, Germany and Russia - but quite unlikely to become a future
D.I. Solomon, Victoria
In her article "First
Strike Nukes?... Not For Canadians" (Common Ground, March
2003) Jen Bradley makes the following proposal: "If the people
of Canada are to become more relevant to this (present) US administration,
we need to become part of a family of nations that is economically
stronger than the United States, and militarily equal, including
in nuclear weapons. In other words we need to join the European
Ignoring the complete unreality of Ms. Bradley’s proposal
I suggest that if it was feasible it is completely the wrong way
to go about achieving a peaceful world which is her stated goal.
It amounts to playing the age old game of international power politics,
yet raising the stakes to even higher and more dangerous levels.
Imagine the hysteria and paranoia in the US if it felt threatened
by a nuclear attack by the EU with Canada as an ally, given its
present level of acute delusionary hysterics over the supposed "axis
Canada has some powerful bargaining chips of its own to use against
the US by the way - without considering nuclear weapons... In short,
we Canadians could sit across the table from Uncle Sam in a game
of show-down poker and tell him to play ball with us or we turn
off the lights. That might keep the candles burning in the White
House Oval office for a while.
Grizzly kill numbers still "suppressed"
Why can’t Liberal environment minister Joyce Murray just admit
that her ministry’s policy on the hunt is based on ideological
grounds and not science? Murray continues to refuse to comply with
rulings by both the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the
BC Supreme Court to provide Raincoast Conservation Society with
information that is critical to grizzly bear Conservation. Raincoast
is seeking site specific grizzly kill location data in order to
conduct an independent scientific analysis. But information is power
and Murray and her ministry’s special interest supporters
(i.e. the sport hunting lobby) know this quite well.
Murray’s actions in this matter are clearly designed to keep
the public in the dark. Despite Premier Gordon Campbell’s
election promise to have the most open and accountable government
in Canada, the Liberals continue to go to extraordinary lengths
to keep this information suppressed. We ask once again, what is
this Liberal government trying so desperately to hide?
Raincoast Conservation Society,