Give peace a chance a rest
now is a most "liberal" weekly, and I welcome that in my life. Having read Michael Hollett's synopsis of the disaster in NYC (NOW, September 13-19), I now know what the term "bleeding-heart liberal" means. Schoolyard bullies who throw rocks at the students and teachers in this world only to hide back in the bushes can't be reasoned with. Clinton tried it, as did many administrations before his, and it doesn't work.
This time it hit home. "Give peace a chance" died when John did. Wake up. Take a long walk and smell the destruction, dear. It's time to go in and take care of business.
Jim Lamarche, Toronto
Reflections on New York
michael hollett's column bloody Response, Wrong Answer is a voice of sanity in the sea of hysterical warmongering.This moment in history is a rare chance for a profound reflection on how and why we've gotten to this terrifying place. It is an opportunity for growth and moral transcendence. Escalation would leave no winners.
As someone who has been deeply affected by the horrors of the 72 straight days of the bombing of Belgrade by NATO, I profoundly empathize with the plight of New Yorkers. No political agenda can ever justify loss of civilian lives, "collateral" or not.
Let us reflect on the deep and inevitable interconnectedness of all humanity.
Marina Glogovac, Toronto
NOW's boundless stupidity
on the few occasions that i have bothered to read your magazine, I have been unfailingly rewarded with stupid, ill-informed opinion. Your decision to print B'nai Brith Ups Ante (NOW, September 13-19), however, goes far beyond stupidity. At a time when more than 5,000 innocent people in New York have been slaughtered by madmen, you devote a third of a page to a complaint by Ellie Kirzner. This must surely stand as the most appallingly inappropriate coverage in the history of your magazine. It is obvious from the article that Kirzner is a childish, self-centred, self-righteous, petulant, immature narcissist.
You should be completely ashamed of yourselves.
Michael Keegan, Toronto
Muslim death wish
ellie kirzner is that most loath- some of creatures -- a self-hating Jew who rushes to kiss every Muslim ass she runs into.It's a three-to-one bet that the Palestinians had something to do with the bombings. Their terrorist groups have links to bin Laden's. They're both composed of exactly the same kind of people -- Muslims with a hatred of the United States and Israel.
And Kirzner had to say that the organizers of the Concordia meeting laboured not to have the Israeli flag burned. What would the demonstrators have done without these rules?
S. GRANT, Toronto
Is Canada ready for war?
i was very saddened to hear that Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley pledged Canadian military support to the U.S. The terrorist attack was an atrocious act, and I believe the U.S. is justified in seeking the individuals responsible for it. But killing thousands of innocent people in revenge would be another atrocity. Canada must not sanction such action. The prime minister has stated that in these times we have to rely on our greatest strengths, which are wisdom and patience. I could not agree more.
Please write your MPs and tell them that you oppose Canadian involvement in a war.
Michael Davis, Toronto
Terrorism's double edge
the attack on the world trade Center was an unspeakably despicable act. So was the slaughter of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians during the Gulf War.
So is the threat of annihilation to Jews by their Arab neighbours. So is the oppression of Palestinians by Israelis. Enough of this bloodshed.
Bogos Kalemkiar, Toronto
Time for Arabs to speak up
of course we need to be careful not to condemn all of the Arab world for the World Trade Center tragedy, for we are a democratic society. Of course the majority of Muslims and Arabs are good people. Of course the Arab masses are suffering under dictatorial regimes.
But let me remind you that Muslims and Arabs unite very quickly when it comes to condemning Israel and the U.S. Now let us see their decency and their ability to criticize themselves and their governments.
It's time for Arabs to stand up to their governments and show the whole world that they're part of us.
Lior Sitkovsky, Toronto
Faithful words of peace
it would be wonderful to hear Christians and Jews, followers of Islam and Buddhists and those of other faiths state equally clearly that they repent of any violence done in the name of their faith. As a simple sign of true repentance, it would be a message most clear and eloquent if the churches of every faith removed their chaplains from the military and police forces and, through this action, clearly and unequivocally state: "In the name of all that is holy, no more war."If such an message does not come, all the words of peace from our faith communities become empty messages like those said at a funeral when one has no other words of comfort.
Brian Burch, Toronto
Forever in a crowded dorm
interesting column of statistics in Class Conflict on Campus (NOW, September 13-19). How shocking that the presidents of Toronto's universities should be rewarded for lifetimes of work, education and achievement with such salaries and accommodations.
Surely, every savvy, politically astute (correct?) student in all of our educational institutions should and must aspire to remain forever in the "overcrowded dorm, rooming house, tiny apartment, or at home with Mom and Dad." Whatever could the rest of us have been thinking?
David Walker , Toronto
York's rich graffiti history
your back-to-school special was incorrect in at least one aspect. York University has a rich history of graffiti going back almost as far as the school itself, some of it documented on the Art Crimes Web site (www.graffiti.org). Sadly, York's administration recently decided to cover more than 20 years of student art in the Complex One tunnels with a layer of paint.
Happily, this has created a canvas upon which students feel free to write about whatever they choose, including their anger at the administration for making their lives that much duller and more artless.
Program Officer, Canada World Youth
Black apologists a sorry lot
wrong target. what do ya mean? As a black man, I am sick and tired of individuals like Adrian Harewood (NOW, September 6-12). He's nothing more than a stereotypical black apologist and social extortionist.
What does he mean when he complains that we take the rap for violence?
He admits in his article that blacks are killing each other in disproportionate numbers, but he bitches when society states that black families and the black community should first and foremost fix their own problems.
He whines that "the state will demonize, criminalize, prosecute and incarcerate, etcetera..." but it will not comfort and promote us.
Other ethnic groups have not allowed their neighbourhoods "to become war zones, with traumatized residents under siege."
Harewood's solution to black problems is to beg others to step up to the plate with all sorts of freebies, while he sees us blacks as the last ones to get up and solve them.
Graig Sterling, Montreal