Sunday, July 1, 2007

Anti-war group protest support-our-troops billboards

It always baffles me why one would should give moral support to persons enagaged in actions that one considers morally wrong. If the billboards said support our troops bring them home from Afghanistan then antiwar people could hardly object to them. Support our troops certainly implies that one supports them period and so that would include in Afghanistan. Those councillors who supported the billboards but not the mission are just hypocrites.

Antiwar group protests support-our-troops billboards
Last Updated: Friday, June 29, 2007 | 10:35 AM ET
CBC News
Antiwar activists say two support-our-troops billboards may be sending the wrong message to residents of Côte-Saint-Luc, in west-end Montreal.

The city put up the billboards several months ago.

"This is a military intervention we do not want. So we do not want those young people to go there and make those sacrifices on our behalf," said Raymond Legault, spokesman for the antiwar group Échec à la guerre.

He said his group has nothing against the soldiers themselves. But, he said, the majority of Quebecers don't think the troops should be in Afghanistan.

City Coun. Glenn Nashen said the billboards do not carry a political message.

He said they are a constant reminder that, no matter how people feel about the war in Afghanistan, the soldiers need moral support at home.

"Some councillors were in support of the mission, and some councillors were not in support. But one thing we had unanimous consent on was that, no matter what, we all supported the troops."

Nashen said there are countless memorials for soldiers in past wars, and today's soldiers deserve the same respect.

Legault said people should think about the Afghan victims of the war, not just the Canadian troops.

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