LETTER: Afghan war was wrong

From reader Charles Jeanes

In this season of “Peace and goodwill to all humankind” I would like to make a point about peace, in particular Canada’s role in the ongoing Afghan War.

I have perused a very eloquent book by Canadian journalist Graeme Smith entitled The Dogs are Eating Them Now. It has provoked me to write this letter.

Are Canadians ready to admit our collective error? The Afghan mission was wrong. The 158 deaths of Canadians, to say nothing of the tens of thousands of Afghan people, did not bring the good our political masters of all parties tried to tell us would “justify” the violence.

I protested our mission on Nov. 11 every year from 2002 until we withdrew — our final flag was lowered ceremoniously on March 12, 2014 — at the Nelson cenotaph. There I encountered verbal abuse, physical threat, and much disapproval from sections of the Nelson public for my action. But I did gain some respect, most notably from Michael Enright of the CBC when he featured me on Sunday Edition. Some Nelsonites thanked me every year.

New documents released by American military sources in response to journalists’ FOI requests demonstrate that this war was fundamentally wrong as well as being stupid and without plan or measure for success.

I feel completely vindicated but no one who abused me for my acts of protest will apologize, nor I do want that. I will again appear at the cenotaph on any Remembrance Day when Canada is again engaged in a criminal war. (This year I did not protest.) I wish Nelsonites of all opinion a fine and peaceful end-of-year holiday. Peace is ours to make, if Canadians act as if we mean to be peacemakers in the world, not as adjuncts to powerful allies’ egoism.

Charles Jeanes

Nelson

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Craig Korth: getting back in tune

Nelson’s master banjo player faces down a rare neurological disorder

School District 8: No visiting Chinese students have coronavirus

SD8 says its international students have already been screened for the virus

LETTER: Electrify new ferry

From the Nelson-Creston Green Party Riding Association

COLUMN: Slocan Valley environmentalist deserves thanks for tenacity

Marilyn Burgoon stepped in when no one else would to ensure justice in the Lemon Creek fuel spill

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Most Read