We should not be following U.S. lead in Middle East

We should not be following U.S. lead in Middle East

The attack by the U.S. was illegal.

We should not be following U.S. lead in Middle East

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We wish to express our deep concern over your approval of U.S. President Trump’s attack on Syria in response to an alleged chemical-weapons attack by the Assad government.

The attack by the U.S. was illegal. It was not a case of self-defence and it was not authorized by the UN Security Council. You are supporting an illegal act.

The U.S. is hypocritical in using this alleged chemical weapons attack as a reason to bomb Syria. The U.S. troops have been killing innocent Syrians for years while fighting ISIS. Where is the outrage over these killings? Most of the fighting being done in the Middle East is killing innocent civilians because it is happening in their cities. Where is the outrage over these deaths?

Also, President Trump declared during the campaign last year that he would not become involved in foreign wars. What has changed? How can he be trusted with all his doublespeak and alternative facts? Canada should not be willingly following this president who so easily changes his mind.

Ever since 9/11 the U.S. has been meddling in Middle East countries. To what effect? The situation is worse than ever. What is going to be different this time? Is it not time to try a different approach? At this time of the anniversary of Vimy Ridge we should be remembering the horror of war and doing all we can to avoid it. Have we learned nothing?

Donna Cameron and the

Cowichan Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians