Today we look at the causes, costs and consequences of the twenty year U.S.-led global war on terror and the need for Canada to chart a new course based on actual adherence to the democratic values and international legal norms we seek to champion.
The government is playing a cynical waiting game, hoping the outcry over continued Canadian military assistance to Saudi Arabia’s barbarous war effort in Yemen will just die away. We must not let that happen.
We can make a real difference. Stopping our military exports will impede Saudi Arabia’s military capacity to continue to wreak havoc in Yemen. It would also be a powerful, tangible, positive demonstration of support for human rights and the rule of law, at a time when they are under global attack.
While Ceasefire.ca takes a one-week break, let the Prime Minister know that Canadians share his determination to stand up to Saudi Arabian bullying.
The Liberal government’s about-face on the Conservative motion to freeze Canada-Iran relations signals a lack of the courage necessary to be a principled and effective member of the UN Security Council.
Legislation intended to fix Harper’s odious anti-terror law introduces new dangers to civil liberties that must be corrected.