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|NDP Leader Alexa McDonough is one of the loneliest politicians|
|10/14/01 at 16:15:07|
|> > Salam,|
> > Finally someone spoke against the US, and she's under fire! Please write her to support her stand, otherwise she might have to > >change it under so much pressure. I made it easy for you, here's her email address email@example.com. Please pass it on to > >others. At least someone realizes bombing will increase extremism, not decrease it. She is also against countries following the US > >lead, instead of waiting for the UN to make a decision.
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> > McDonough's anti-war stance under fire
> > Lonely, dissenting view may cost her politically
> > HALIFAX - NDP Leader Alexa McDonough is one of the loneliest politicians
> > the continent these days.
> > She is the only elected official of any stature in Canada or the United
> > States to publicly question the American war on terrorism. She is also the
> > federal representative for a riding about to send more than 1,000 sailors
> > the battle zone.
> > Her opinion, that bombing Afghanistan is a bad move that will feed
> > and undermine international law for years to come, has already cost her
> > votes in a city that has revolved around military bases for more than 200
> > years.
> > In the basement of the Royal Legion hall where McDonough held a big rally
> > last year, veteran Bill Innis yesterday said he would never vote NDP
> > "I voted NDP from 1969 to the present day, but not any more,'' the
> > 59-year-old Vietnam veteran said in an interview.
> > "She lost my vote after I saw her on the news. I lost all respect for her.
> > If we were getting the s--- kicked out of us, we would want the U.S. and
> > U.K. to help us, but she doesn't want to help them.''
> > McDonough's independent stance on the war has drawn little attention here,
> > but that may change Monday, when a Tory motion to support Canadian forces
> > goes to Parliament. McDonough hasn't decided yet whether she will support
> > the motion.
> > "My very deep fear, frankly, is that what is happening in the way of
> > will fuel and feed the very destructive, dangerous forces who hoped for
> > response, who wanted that to be a response to further destabilize a number
> > of other countries where there are terrorist extremists,'' she told The
> > last night.
> > "That becomes a breeding ground for more violence, for more terrorists and
> > more fanatics who wrongly will be persuaded this is some kind of a war
> > between the wealthiest Western nations and several impoverished Arab and
> > Muslim nations.''
> > McDonough said she wholeheartedly supports Canadian soldiers and their
> > families and that terrorists must be brought to justice, but that Canada
> > should have waited for the United Nations to order military action.
> > "I have grave reservations about a coalition of countries being the judge,
> > jury and executioner. If we suspend the protections of international law
> > basically circumvent the important international body that exists to deal
> > with this kind of a global crisis, then it is not evident to me at all
> > is a path to peace and security for the people of the world," she said.
> > Polls show most Canadians don't agree. A series of polls commissioned
> > the bombing began this week found that three out of four Canadians
> > of a military response to the terrorism attack of Sept. 11.
> > But McDonough says those polls don't show the true heart of Canadians.
> > "I don't think there are mothers and fathers in this country who in their
> > quiet moments, don't ask themselves, `How is this a path to defeating the
> > true enemy, to engage in defensive bombing of innocent civilians?'''
> > Comments like that may anger local voters like Bill Innis, but they are
> > winning her fans south of the border.
> > McDonough said she's received more than 100 e-mails from U.S. citizens
> > with their government.
> > "I've been flooded by messages saying, `Thank God there's one political
> > voice in Canada that understands how much we want to see the United
> > response to this horrendous crisis be based on justice, not on
> > retribution.'''
> > McDonough said she feels enormous pressure to abandon her criticism of the
> > war and join the other political parties in applauding it.
> > "It's been painful and frightening," McDonough said.
> > "There is immense pressure to just conform, to capitulate, to suspend
> > democracy . . . There is such a simplistic and reckless slinging around of
> > the notion that if I, as a member of Parliament, am not somehow prepared
> > suspend all critical judgment and abandon my parliamentary role here, then
> > am less than a patriotic Canadian. The men and women in the Canadian
> > military know that's not true.
> > "If I were to fail to voice the anxiety, the concern many of them have in
> > their hearts, I would consider I was not doing my job."
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