Don’t spend on Cana­dian mil­i­tary

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

It’s be­wil­der­ing to me how eas­ily our gov­ern­ment and our war­mon­ger­ing neigh­bours spend money on what they con­sider im­por­tant. Namely, the mil­i­tary.

It gets bil­lions in un­nec­es­sary fund­ing. U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wants to in­crease mil­i­tary spend­ing by US$51 bil­lion and yet, the peo­ple are fight­ing for health care, im­prove­ments in education and so­cial pro­grams but th­ese is­sues are not a pri­or­ity. War is at the top of his list.

For us, we need bil­lion­dol­lar jets, for what? Who is at­tack­ing us? Our health care and so­cial pro­grams need a huge in­flux of cash but we don’t have the money for that. We need jets? Ridicu­lous. We don’t even need a mil­i­tary.

We are un­der the um­brella of the U.S. If we were threat­ened, the U.S. would pro­tect us be­cause that would mean that an en­emy is near them, too. Yes, we do need mil­i­tary re­serves to aid in times of dis­as­ters, and that’s it.

As a Cana­dian, I have never felt the threat of war against us and never will. We are safe with noth­ing to worry about.

If war comes about, it will be nu­clear and all will be oblit­er­ated. You can’t de­fend against that with foot sol­diers or jets. So, let’s get real and spend our time and money on what’s re­ally im­por­tant — us.

Bob Lucyshyn, Belle River


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