Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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As Canadian politician Corky Evans prepares to retire (MLA British Columbia), he shares some thoughts. From Tom Fletcher's "A few thoughts from MLA on the way to retirement" (Peace Arch News):

On coming to B.C. from Oakland, Calif. as a Vietnam war resister in 1970:
"It was a less racist society. It was a less violent society. There was a health care program and public schools. I can't begin to tell you how different it was."

On whether he's faced anti-American sentiment:
"Sure, but it's no big deal. It's way, way less of a deal than what native people feel, or people from India. Anti-American sentiment is endemic in Canada and fairly shallow and has not hurt my life."

Upon being elected, Evans included the following in his speech in the chamber (March 25, 1992):

It is also good in the mountains for people who wish to hide from governments, and so came the Doukhobor people. On October 16, 1912, some 5,000 Russian people came from oppression on the other side of an ocean and ill treatment on the Prairies, looking for a home. There they remain today, to our great gladness. And also to the mountains looking for another chance came the Quaker people, who have taught me to call members of the opposition "friend." The Quaker people were escaping the McCarthy era down south and migrated to the north end of Kootenay Lake in 1952. And other people came, hon. Speaker: the war resisters of the Vietnam era and the urban refugees fleeing overcrowding and a society they found distasteful -- all through history from the time of the remittance people to today.

Meanwhile retired Army Col Ann Wright (and retired State Department) continues speaking out against the illegal war. Last week, she was in Hawaii. From Samantha Fex' "Prominent Iraq War dissenter speaks on Molokai" (Molokai Times):

Col. Wright is one of the three U.S. State Department officials who publicly resigned in March 2003 to protest the invasion of Iraq. She now travels widely to express her support for war resisters and her dissent of the war in Iraq.
Col. Wright also provides information about the realities of military enlistment because she wants people to be able to make the most informed decision possible when joining the military.
"It's wonderful to be able to come to a place like Molokai," says Col. Wright. "Small towns and small communities in our country seem to be the places where most of our military enlistees come from. So, it’s important to come to a community like this to acknowledge what’s going on."

Sunday, Matthis Chiroux refused to deploy to Iraq as he stated May 15th he would not. Chiroux was honorably discharged by the military and placed in the IRR. Then he was informed that he had to report July 15th to deploy to Iraq. From Leo Shane III's "Former journalist refuses to report for duty with Army" (Stars & Stripes):

"I don't feel like I'm doing anything illegal at all," he said. "We basically have no cause for military presence in Iraq.
"I'm making this decision because I believe my first loyalty is to the higher ideals of this country, which are being blatantly violated by our leaders."
[. . .]
Chiroux said he is confident that a reasonable court would not find him guilty of any wrongdoing.
"It's not about what job I'd do," he said. "Any order to deploy there is unlawful."

Billie notes Trevor Bothwell ["Heroic Matthis Chiroux" (Examiner)] opinion on the issue: "morality trumps contract law. In a moral society, no one would be legally bound to kill others in a war that was started illegally."

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