Stop supporting U.S. military machine
Re Tortured by the soldiers we call allies, May 26 Congratulations to the Star on publishing the horrific photos by Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady.
We Canadians need to be made more aware of the consequences of aiding and abetting the American military machine. It should be clear by now that the American policy of invading various countries to make them safe for corporations is simply promoting more terrorism and violence of all kinds.
Many Canadians have family and friends in the United States and are in a good position to intervene on a personal level. As well, we need to urge our members of Parliament to speak out for a more intelligent way of handling conflict, such as sanctions, diplomacy and aid with health and education. Ingrid Style, member of World Beyond War, Mont-St-Hilaire, Que. Finding the right words to explain how devastated I am regarding your decision to put an agonized victim of gruesome torture on the front page of your newspaper is difficult. If it was done for shock value, it certainly succeeded. However, who were you trying to shock and to what degree were you willing to compromise viewers’ emotional health in order to achieve that?
A subscriber to the Toronto Star does not have a choice of whether or not to see the front page. We lay the paper down and there it is.
I am fortunate that I picked up the newspaper before my grandchild did. Are you not aware of the incredible anxiety and fear experienced by children who are exposed to disturbing images of another’s suffering?
I am not minimizing or dismissing the horror of the grim reality for that tragic victim, or the need to be aware that such heartbreaking situations exist.
I am saying that your decision to blindside us with what we were not prepared for or willing to accept seeing, was a violation of our personal boundaries. Dianne Cunningham, Brampton