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War of words 

To the editor,

In his article "Land of the flee" (June 28), Tim Bousquet was right to point out many of the flaws in recent American foreign policy, the unnecessary loss of life from the disastrous Iraq invasion and the effects of the Patriot Act in undermining the civil liberties that the American constitution enshrines.

Referring to this conflict as a "war against Muslims," however, is a sensationalized distortion. A war fought by a powerful government against an ethnic or religious group would imply genocide—an accusation that should not be made frivolously. Moreover, this kind of polemic overstatement distracts us from the real issues. Namely: is Canada's decision to keep troops in Afghanistan doing more good than harm? It's a question Mr. Bousquet makes no attempt to address, despite the allusion that Canada has turned its back on its principles. There are many who would say yes—many of whom do not believe supporting our troops entails supporting the war.

By Brendan Osberg

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