YOU SAID IT: True freedom

Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

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I somehow hope that the reality of what true freedom is, after witnessing the invasion of a country that has done nothing to provoke this, sets in to the the so-called “freedom protesters.”

The removal of some privileges is not the removal of any sort of freedom.

We have become a nation of whiners who complain about anything we disagree with.



(Well said.)


Justin Trudeau needs to quit reading the people of Canada and get buses to the Ukraine border and get refugees on waiting plans to Canada. No need for the major delays always caused by the red tape of Canada. The Liberals need to come out from under the bed and get into the real world. This is something Canada can do right now — sending money and guns right now is useless; the EU has that covered.

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Canada is good at helping people. (Unless you disagree with the Liberal government, that is, as they still make martyrs out of protesters who’ve been denied bail.) Get as many refugees from the Ukraine border bused to airports in the EU and on plans to Canada as soon as possible. Do not hide under the bed on this one, and quit wasting time with red-tape checks. These are mostly women and children who need this help now with no cash in their pockets and a horror unknown in Canada.



(You make it sound so easy.)


According to US President Joe Biden, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “… a premeditated attack… now he and his country will bear the consequences.”

The truth of these statements does not lessen their hypocrisy and indifference to similar US conduct in the Middle East. Biden’s condemnation could easily apply to the haphazard 2003 invasion of Iraq, a nation with no hope of NATO membership or a shared border with Russia.

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Unlike Ukraine, however, Iraq has enormous oil reserves that previous US administrations sought to control. For the time being, at least, an active defense of Ukraine fails the cost-benefit test, especially since Russia previously seized all the nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil.

American dread of military confrontation with Russia could be the deeper reason for NATO’s rejection of Ukraine. Now that the invasion has occurred, the deterrence value of another NATO neighbor remains conjecture. As a NATO member, Ukraine would join Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey on Russia’s border.

It is possible that Putin has invaded Ukraine to prevent its possible admittance to NATO since the invasion of one NATO member initiates mutual defence. Like NATO member Poland, Ukraine shares an uncomfortable border with Putin’s expanding Russia.

I find it difficult to respect Biden’s statements and intentions given his convenient amnesia and exceptionalist posture. Vladimir Putin is a thuggish bully, but “our” invasions are just as ugly as “theirs.” Admitting that fact would restore at least some of Biden’s fading credibility.



(Interesting perspective.)

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