Open Letter to Gary Doer: Stop supporting the war in Afghanistan

Support Our Troops - Bring them Home Now

Dear Premier Doer,

We write to ask you to remove the “Yellow Ribbon Garden” from the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature and to refrain from lending provincial support to the “Red Shirt Rally” planned for August 15, 2008 on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

We do so because the “Yellow Ribbon” and “Red Friday” campaigns in Canada signify support for militarism and war. They do so under the guise of caring and compassion for “our troops.” But in reality, these campaigns are code for supporting a war of aggression being carried on in the name of, and against the will of, the majority of Canadian people. (A June 2008 poll suggests that only 36 per cent of Canadians agree with Parliament’s decision to extend Canada’s military intervention in Afghanistan through 2011. That is down from 41 per cent in a similar poll done in May, according to Angus Reid Strategies. )

We object strenuously to the war in Afghanistan and to the use of Canadian soldiers in that war. In no way is the participation of Canadians in the ongoing carnage in Afghanistan supportable by informed people of conscience.

In March, you announced provincial support for the Yellow Ribbon Campaign.  You followed this up with the planting of the “Yellow Ribbon Garden” in the front of the Legislature. Most recently, you agreed to host a “Red Shirt Rally” with MLA, Bonnie Korzeniowski, Special Envoy for Military Affairs as one of the featured speakers. While you are entitled to express your personal opinion about the war (one which is diametrically opposed by the federal New Democratic Party), you do not have the right to use provincial resources to promote it.

Read more: Open Letter To Gary Doer On Afghanistan

Action: Peace Alliance Winnipeg encourages you to circulate this letter widely and to communicate with the Premier of Manitoba and Manitoba MLAs.

Yellow Ribbon Garden codes for supporting the war in Afghanistan.

The Yellow Ribbon Garden in front of the Manitoba Legislature asks people to “support our troops.” This is code for “support the war” and is one of the many tactics employed to manipulate the emotions of Canadians, justifiably concerned for the safety of our soldiers, into supporting an immoral war against the Afghan people.

5 comments for “Open Letter to Gary Doer: Stop supporting the war in Afghanistan

  1. Magpie Mayhem
    August 14, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Love that peace / yellow ribbon logo so much. Now that’s support.

  2. Jaik Josephson
    August 15, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I have responded to this by withdrawing my monthly financial support to the provincial NDP.

  3. P Shroper
    August 15, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    It is dis=respectful of this Peace Group to speak out against a
    Peaceful/Family orientated gathering like this. The yellow Ribbon and Red Shirts identify a person who lives on the edge every day.They exist in an atmosphere of Fear. They live in fear of, that late night phone call, the Black car in the driveway bringing those nice Dress uniforms that have the worst of all news. So just show some respect for those who serve and those that wait in fear back home.

  4. PG
    August 15, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Canadians who oppose the war in Afghanistan do so for many reasons.

    Consistently, we are opposed to seeing the lives of Canadians wasted in an immoral war. Please read the open letter and ask yourself how it shows disrespect for families of soldiers. We, too, dread the news of another dead Canadian.

    This war is not being fought to protect Canadians or liberate Afghans. It is being fought to support greedy energy companies and a power hungry US government.

    If anybody is showing disresepct for the families of Canadian soldiers it is the past two federal governments who are responsible for involving Canada in this war.

    If you want to do something positive to protect the lives of Canadian soldiers, work with the Peace Alliance and other peace groups across Canada to get us out of this war.

    The best way to “support our troops” is to bring them home.

  5. wilson
    October 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Afghans are a proud people.
    they do not like agressive foreign troops killing their frends ,family or neighbours. If this happens the whole clan seeks revenge.After 7 years of foreign troops the afghan death toll has risen and those seeking revenge has risen.
    The NATO is no better received than the soviets.
    Peace loving people should love in peace.
    The idea that you can bring peace to afghanistan by war is folly already known.
    Our leaders are mad.
    Im from the uk

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