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War in Iraq|
Over the past few weeks, the prospect of a full-fledged war on Iraq has become increasingly real to both Canada and the United States. Shifting its focus from the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden to war against an entire nation in the span of seventeen months, the Bush administration has made clear its need to settle scores after September 11. For a generation of young people who have never seen this kind of aggression, that sort of mentality is confusing. We’ve been taught since elementary school that war is bad, and “world peace” is the ultimate goal for us to work toward. How can peace come out of war?
That question is preying on the minds of Canadian teenagers. We are quite possibly the least influential segment of the population when it comes to decisions regarding a potential war; not only do we not live in the United States, but we’d be too young to influence any political decisions if we did. Most of us make a sincere effort to stay informed on world affairs, but we don’t see the point of forming strong opinions if they can’t count for anything in the long run. After feeling powerless for so long, it’s only a matter of time before we stop caring altogether.
The fact is, pressure is mounting on our country’s leaders—when it comes to war, will Canada be in or out? Years of acting as America’s “little brother” has convinced many Canadians that our involvement in this conflict would be automatic; however, we should be aware that Canada can still control our contribution to the war effort. As Canadian citizens, we can influence that choice by participating in anti-war protests in our city, showing support for peace-advocating government actions, and writing letters to our provincial and national leaders.
In continuing to take an interest in political issues and actively supporting causes we believe in, we don’t only provide a voice for Canada’s position on Iraq. We’re showing that we want to contribute to the welfare of the world around us on a global scale.
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