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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-02-03 10:56 AM
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21. but we do!
I was on 3 of the 5 protest marches/demos in my city prior to the attack on Iraq (missed the other 2 because I was with my dad in hospital in another city) -- through sleet and snow and dark of night, literally. Just as I was 35 years ago at the age of 15 when the victims were the Vietnamese people.

In both cases, we held our protests on the same days as the protests in the US, and we demonstrated *with* you. I was on the streets when Reagan was here, and I plan to be there if Bush ever decides to show his face / exhibit a little respect for his best friends in the world by paying us a visit.

Now, we do have the occasional spot of bother with police; don't think it's actually utopia up here. But yes, generally -- dissent is recognized as legitimate in Canada. Despite all the fine words spoken by those dead white guys so many USAmericans love to quote, dissent is for the most part regarded as treasonous in the US.

That's the attitude that the US takes toward its "allies" like Canada when we dare to disagree. There is no acknowledgement that a loyal friend (like a loyal citizen) can disagree, and even oppose, and still be loyal.

A loyal ally who disagrees may be acting in its own interests, which it is fully entitled to do, and may even be acting in the interests of its friend if it sees the friend doing something that is contrary to the friend's interests. We certainly see a lot of US foreign policy as being contrary not only to our interests and the interests of the rest of the world, but also as contrary to USAmericans' interests.

So have no fear, we do indeed protest, right alongside you.

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