Every Action Demands An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Dear Editor,

Every action demands an equal and opposite reaction. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, after which the United States officially entered World War Two. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, after which Japan surrendered. If we allow history to tell us anything, it is that acts of violence have a ripple effect.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas attacked civilians who were attending an outdoor music festival in Israel. Over 1,000 Jews lost their lives, while approximately 240 people, including children and elderly, were taken hostage. Israel immediately retaliated.

In the midst of this violent act, a 33-year-old Jewish man, whose mother lives in Montreal, literally laid down his life in an effort to protect others. He embodied true valor, a brave heart and ideals that we hold dear.

Our country, though far from perfect, has offered and continues to offer, refuge to people who come from the far corners of the world. The expectation being that they will live in peace and security, while enjoying the protection our laws afford. Recently, a peaceful gathering was held in Ottawa, with participants standing in solidarity with Israel, many of them swathed in Canadian and Israeli flags.

My grandfather, my father, and my only brother were and are all veterans. The freedom we enjoy today was and is a result of these family members and many others, who took a stand against an enemy bent on destruction. To take that hard-won freedom and use it for a platform for rights that violate what our country stands for is a travesty.

With respect,

D. Ruth Jewell

Three Hills, AB