An Open Letter to America
By: Leigh Patrick Sullivan
Recent polls taken in my country have suggested that some shocking attitudes are permeating throughout Canada. Not only is a slim majority of people against our involvement in the Afghanistan war, but now comes word that an unbelievable 85% of Torontonians believe that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was an ‘inside job’.
Any time an event such as 9/11 happens, there are bound to be those who jump on the conspiracy bandwagon. Even in your own country there are those misguided folks who cannot see reality for the trees. The internet is filled with supposed ‘experts’ who question the events of that day (paging Charlie Sheen). One wonders how long it will be before that bulbous cult phenomenon Michael Moore starts production on the ‘real’ story. I want my American friends to know that not all Canadians have been brainwashed by the years of leftwing, socialist ideology that has hampered the Great White North.
It has been decades since Canada was involved in a real war. We have become a nation that drapes itself in the self-proclaimed ‘peace-keepers of the world’ image, forgetting that peace is sometimes achieved only through necessary military action. This exposes a great divide in Canada: those who live in the real world and understand that there is a radical force determined to destroy free and democratic societies, and those who think of themselves as an almost European state not wanting to get involved internationally. Decades of growing anti-Americanism has decayed our resolve and has led to an advancing isolationist way of thinking. Don’t let the fact that we presently have a Conservative federal government fool you – it is a minority government, and with the slip of the hand could easily fall from power.
One day after the 9/11 attacks, I had an eye-opening conversation with a fellow citizen who didn’t see what the big deal was. She declared the attack as an ‘American problem’, even though 29 Canadians were murdered on that fateful day. Sadly, her opinion is not unique. Rabid naive thinking and indifference is the norm here, to the point that when bin Laden’s promise of a strike against Canada happens it will be quickly blamed on our involvement in Afghanistan or, worse yet, another ‘inside job’.
Be assured that not all Canadians are living with their heads firmly planted in the sand. Some of us understand what is happening in the world today, and will continue to fully support our allies in this most important hour. Simply put, know that there are many Canadians who continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the global war on terror.
The Moderate Separatist