The point of this article is to let people know that anyone can make a difference. Although we failed in our attempt to prevent the U.S. from invading Iraq we accomplished great things during the past few years. Canada did not change its position and support the US/UK war. Canada maintained its support for the UN. We met with several governments around the world and we felt we influenced their decisions. And we must not forget the events of February 15th, 2003 when the world stood up in the largest support for peace ever experienced.
My 23 year old daughter, Shanda traveled to Iraq in 1999 as part of an international women’s conference. While in Iraq she visited several schools and talked to children about the sanctions. She was invited to meet with Madame Aline Chrétien and in December 1999 had a 90 minute audience with Madame Chrétien to discuss her experience in Iraq.
More recently, my 12 year old daughter, Kate visited the Iraqi Embassy in Ottawa 2 weeks ago to have a tea with the Iraqi Charge. My daughters have become anti-war activists in there own right. I cannot forget the undying support I receive from my wife, Nora Stewart. Nora is an engineer and a senior partner in a large energy evaluation firm in Calgary. Without her absolute support I would not be able to accomplish anything.
Our responsibility now is to ensure that the US does not become the judge, jury and executioner for the world.
We shall overcome.
Written in 2003