Issue 1.2 May 2003

Index
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Newsletter Articles:
Chris Durning Interview
Cyrano de Bergerac
Matrix Reloaded Review

Vitalis Newspaper
Issue 3:

AHL vs. Junior Hockey
Canadian Idol
Coffee House
Decriminalizing Weed
Dumb Warnings
Grad Advice
Hockey Fever
Sport of Juggling
Kiss and Tell
Marks
Music for the 21st Century
Musical
Pop Stars?
Save the World
Puppy Mills
Homer vs. Peter
When Should School Begin?
Ashamed of Colour?
Wintersleep
Student Artwork

Vitalis Newspaper
Issue 2:

Age Discrimination
Bathroom Graffiti
Cell phones
Cheerleading
Got Milk?
Horoscopes
Internet Safety
The Mad Dash
Mass Media Monster
My World
Nature vs. Nurture
I Never Believed in Miracles
Proud to be a Hound
Public Transportation
Picking on Saint John
Roses, Rubbers & Rainbows
Rugby
Secret, Underlying Concern
Summer Crossword
Vegetarians
War in Iraq
Whose is it now?

E-mail Newsletter
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Paul Saulnier

Vitalis Editors:
Julia Wright
Jessica Vihvelin

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Iraq: A Secret, Underlying Concern
by Kevin Shea
It lasted longer than any on the coalition parties involved could have expected. It is likely that more people were killed in friendly fire accidents than in any other modern conflict. And, worst of all, the Americans got what they wanted in the end. People’s thoughts are too tied up in the glory of winning this illegal war that they are blinded to the fact that maybe the Americans shouldn’t always get what they go after.

This whole thing, the casualties and the absolutely sickening waste of money, could have been completely avoided if America had realized just how bad of a guy Saddam Hussein was twelve years ago. But lo and behold, it turns out that Hussein was still a ruthless tyrannical dictator in the early 90’s. So why didn’t the Americans get rid of him when they had the chance?

There is no one answer to this, but I have a strange feeling that perhaps Iraq will not be the first country George W. Bush attempts to “liberate”. I personally believe that Bush thinks he was sent by God to democratize every impoverished country on the planet. I mean, if George Bush didn’t think he was more powerful than the United Nations and his own divided interests and opinions towards his foolish actions, he probably wouldn’t have went ahead with this war anyway.

Take Afghanistan, for example. It wasn’t exactly war, but the Americans still decided to go into a country (for no better reason than to look for a terrorist organization that had probably already left the area), and kill innocent civilians “accidentally, in the name of the war on terrorism.” America didn’t get their man, but they made a point of making everyone realize that they liberated Afghanistan, even if the amount of relief was minimal and the quality of life there has barely improved since.

In the end, unless one of these countries that the U.S. are pushing around fight back and stand up against American oppression, America will always get it’s way.