If your friends needed your help to commit mass murder, would you help them, just because they were your friends? Stephen Harper would. He said so, and continues to say so.
In 2003, when the United States and its coalition allies invaded Iraq and began this bloody occupation, Stephen Harper supported the actions of his friend George W. Bush. He even prevented the House of Commons of Canada from declaring its opposition to the war. He prevented the world from knowing that Canadians were opposed to wars of aggression. With his actions, Harper bloodied our long-term reputation as peacekeepers and peacemakers.
Since we are in danger of Harper getting a majority government, allowing him to do almost anything he wants in our name, I thought it would be a good idea to find out how many of us would have died in Iraq since 2003 if Harper were Prime Minister.
I believe the simplest way to do this would be to compare Canadian deaths with that of the US in Afghanistan, and apply the same ratio to Iraq.
If we assume that Canadians would have died at the same rate in Iraq as they are in Afghanistan, than as of today, 11 September 2008, we would have buried an additional 692 family and friends as compared to our neighbours who have buried 4,155.
If we want to save Canadian lives and restore our reputation as global peacekeepers, then on October 14 we need to vote for the party that has the best chance of defeating the Conservatives in our specific riding.
However, I do understand that some will vote for Harper’s war party, and if they do, it is my hope that we hold them accountable and demand that they sign up at least one member of their family to fight and die to preserve the Neocon vision of the American Dream. It is the obligation of those who vote Conservative to support their leader and what he stands for, anything else would be hypocritical.
And remember, the Iraq war is approximately an order of magnitude larger and bloodier than Afghanistan, and a war between the United States and Iran promises to be at least an order of magnitude larger than Iraq. This means that we should expect more than 6,000 Canadians to die in the next few years if Harper becomes Prime Minister, because you can bet you and your children’s life that he would join any war that his friends in the US administration start, especially one with Iran.
Good luck in the coming elections everyone, if we want to preserve our way of life, Harper and his Conservatives must be defeated.