HISTORY LESSON

A lesson on political science from peaceful, beautiful Oceanside with a Bloody Mary instead of blood

Re: letter to the editor in the Jan. 8 edition of The NEWS by John Chambers (‘Armchair advocate: fight for peace’).

Chambers’ political science knowledge ought to be beefed up somewhat.

We have successfully de-stabilized regions in the Middle East, henceforth a constant state of skirmishes and wars.

Chambers goes on to write that kings are not democratically elected. These despots unfortunately are not, though nowadays they are more folkloric characters, leeching on the public.

We paid an awful price twice for peace (the First and Second World Wars). Wars benefit people who sell armaments and those who enjoy action and blood. When Saddam Hussein was a friend of the West, we supplied him these terrible chemical weapons that he used on Iran and his own people — nearly a million humans died in that conflict in the mid-1980s.

Of course, if a hostile nation was invading our Canada, we would have to go to war. I believe a sane human understands right from wrong. In  the meantime, I will ensconce in my cozy armchair and enjoy a good Western, such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. I will top it off with no blood, but a Bloody Mary instead in my peaceful and beautiful Oceanside.

J.C. Lecordier

Qualicum Beach