PRAISE FOR A PRESIDENT?
This week, you printed articles full of praise for the late president George H.W. Bush. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s eulogy for Mr. Bush offered the view that “no occupant of the Oval Office was more … principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush” (A Nation And A Son Say Goodbye – Dec. 6).
The South American victims of Operation Condor, which flourished while Mr. Bush was head of the CIA, who were tortured, murdered, and deprived of their democratically elected governments would think otherwise.
So would the hundreds of Panamanian civilians killed in 1989 by the U.S. military in an assault on that country to oust president Manuel Noriega, once supported by the U.S., but demonized when no longer useful.
And so would the thousands of Iraqi military retreating from Kuwait in 1991 after a failed invasion of that country, bombed by the U.S. Air Force, an act described as “shooting fish in a barrel.”
Mr. Bush can rest in peace, knowing that the legacy of his “principled” and “honourable” presidency carries on.
Janet E. Harris Ottawa
Kudos to former prime minister Brian Mulroney for his stirring eulogy at the funeral of the late president George H.W. Bush.
If the incumbent President is as thin-skinned as some people say, he must have been squirming in his seat when Mr. Mulroney used such words as “courageous,” “principled” and “honourable” to describe someone who was truly presidential in the old style. Let’s hope we may soon see such qualities in the White House again.
Dave Ashby Toronto