Ceasefire.ca Insider is the blog for Ceasefire.ca, a network of more than 15,000 Canadians who want Canada to become a force for peace, disarmament, and social justice in the world.


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  • 1. ceasefireinsider  |  March 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Ceasefire.ca Insider is a blog for Ceasefire.ca

  • 2. verbena19  |  March 18, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Hello Steve,

    Howdy, neighbour! Nice to see you here at Word Press, where my blog is located. I’m putting you on my blogroll and will be a regular visitor here.

    best regards to you and Murray,

    from the Brampton Council of Canadians

    via Annamarie aka Verbena-19

  • 3. verbena19  |  March 18, 2007 at 1:32 am

    btw, my best regards to Mike Wallace and Murray Robbin too! I am on their mailing lists and receive lots of very interesting items which I forward to fellow peace activists and sometimes blog about. Good to have you here in the neighbourhood! 🙂

    Annamarie (in Brampton)

  • 4. verbena19  |  March 18, 2007 at 1:33 am

    p.s. Sorry for the typo on your name, Murray.


  • 5. Colleen Ashworth  |  April 9, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    A letter I sent to our Halifax Herald:
    “Today the ugly reality of death in war was once again brought close to us. We leared that 6 young Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan playing their role in propping up a government that is still controlled by warlords and drug lords. In Iraq today, 6 American soldiers were killed in a totally senseless was which has been bungled for more than 4 years, costs $2 billion per week and has no hope of accomplishing anything other than more killing.
    But today, as we mourn these deaths, the CBC is presenting us with programs celebrating a military victory in the “Great” was, the war in which 30 million military personnel were either killed or severely wounded and 10 million civilians lost their lives over a 4-year period. The horrors of this carnage must fill us with revulsion, not pride.
    Why did CBC choose to honour this carnage by commissioning such a program? What is there to celebrate? Do we not already have enough daily reminders of the scourge of war? We must stop celebrating and glorifying war.
    Individual heroes no doubt emerged from the ashes of the trenches but the real heroes in the world today must be those who negotiate and refuse to use violence as a means of conflict resolution.”

    Colleen Ashworth, Halifax

  • 6. Marie E. LeBlanc  |  April 19, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    I know this may sound cold and unfeeling but……It would seem Afghanistan’s people, quite obviously do not want peace so why should we allow more Canadians to be killed for such socially and morally, backwards, retarded cavemen?! It seems so pointless !

  • 7. José Venturelli  |  May 22, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    It is such a continuous bother to see how the world may come to discuss just what the big powers wants us to discuss. The threats, attacks, direct provocations against countries that do not have the bomb fill the papers and the news. Iran is the bad citizen yet they have not produced the bomb except in the warmongers mind. The US and allies refocile with their own stock of bombs. We are still to see a comment about those that not only have it but have used against people. The US have no right to pretend to be above other peoples, to promote their superiority and selfish unreal righteousness when they are the most agressive place on earth. I have no sympathy for the bomb but let us not accept to be confined within the walls of cynicism as it is the debate about not proliferation of the bomb. Peace is the asnwer not war and, within this context what are the US doing to bring peace anywhere?
    Canada must maintain a high level of independence in this issue. The passage from observer to active go-for in the Afghanistan war, is a shame to all Canadians that must end. 2009 as a date to end Canadian engaement in the East for the US, if it ever comes to become a reality, will still be too late. Parties must themselves get rid of their populism which makes them to avoid issues such as denouncing this narrow patriotism and nationalism of the worst kind: justifying military adventurism as it is occuring now.

  • 8. OfficialPro  |  May 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    nice spam there Jose.

  • 9. Mark-Alan Whittle  |  August 6, 2007 at 6:58 am

    As usual Ceasefire has some compelling arguments against the war in Afghanistan. And I always enjoy a personal debate with Mr. Staples from time to time.

    I served in the Armed Forces as did my Dad Albert Whittle who helped liberate Holland from tyrrany Hitler created withing a cowering Europe

    Just as the Taliban have done over there, so to true, patriotic Canadian Soldiers they are one and the same. Something me and my Dad feel is worth dieing for.

    Those who are critical of a soldiers role, then and now, have never seen conflict up close and personal so it’s easy to complain from the relative safery of home.

    So I say to those people”, will you put your life on the line for me as I have already done for you here in Afghanistan and as my Father Albert Whittle did in the trenches of Germany?

    That is the question every soldier should ask right Mr. Staples?


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