Stop sup­port­ing U.S. mil­i­tary ma­chine

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

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

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